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Overcoming the fear of an internship

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13:15 PM | 15 August 2014
by Will Moir
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So I finally managed to secure myself a couple of placements over the summer after a lot of emails and phone calls – it was not easy. But I had managed it. This was my time to shine and showcase myself. There was just one problem, I was nervous, scared even.

This was not because it’s a new job and I won’t know the people there, I consider myself an outgoing enough person to deal with that sort of situation. This was a different fear. The fear I was going to fail.

"They look after you and ultimately are there to guide you"

So I had done what some people consider the hard bit, I had got the place, its just now the realisation that these people were going to see me not in the comfort of my university environment, but in the real world.

At university the lecturers are there to teach you, in the real world you are supposed to know everything already. This is where I was wrong, they don’t expect you to know everything, and in fact they look after you and ultimately are there to guide you too. 

"Don’t worry about getting things wrong... don’t worry about making a fool of yourself"

They were once in your position so don’t worry about getting things wrong, don’t worry about making a fool of yourself and don’t worry about anything. You’ve already earned that place, now just enjoy it and do your best.

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