Monday, July 27, 2009

I’ve Learned My Lesson…

Last Thursday, Pat B. informed our intern class that he would be putting together a project focused around the interns. For this project, he asked each of us to write down a lesson we have learned from being at Liggett, in less than 20 words. I have to say that I have been perplexed by this task for a few days now. Even as I sit here at my desk, imparting my all-knowing intern knowledge on the rest of the world, it is very difficult to come up with ONE lesson, especially in less than 20 words. If you haven’t guessed by now, I have a lot to talk about and a lot of lessons learned. How am I ever going to choose?

Here is a short list of semi-humorous lessons (lets not get too carried away, we all know that I am the Financial Intern so it can’t be THAT funny). Most of these don’t meet the 20-word requirement and therefore will not be used in the project, but hopefully they will help future interns in some way shape or form.

- The fastest way to make friends in the agency is by handing out paychecks.
- Always preview a document before printing; otherwise you will have to re-print numerous times.
- Remember to bring Dennis with you when taking the freight elevator; otherwise you might get stuck in a dark, scary place...
- Claim your table out on Star Plaza early, if you don’t, you’ll be freezing in the shade.
- If you are going to get Subway for lunch, make sure you get to the shop at exactly 12 noon or else you’ll have to wait in a LONG line
- The agency likes chocolate fondue and dippable treats!
- If blogging is not your forté, use a lot of colorful pictures or try to be funny to hide how boring your writing style actually is.
- Always wear a watch, that way you don’t have to keep bugging your fellow intern about the time and whether or not you have to help Rosemary out by covering the phones during her lunch.
- Ham Day is a celebrated holiday at Liggett. It honestly should be celebrated worldwide.
- If you drink 5 cups of coffee to keep you awake, you will have to use the restroom a proportional number of times. Keep that in mind when you decide that you NEED a caffeine fix.

We are now going into week seven of our internship. It is hard to believe that our experience is coming to a close in just a few short weeks. In all seriousness, I have been able to experience and participate in so much here at Liggett. I know that no matter what position I have in my future employment, the experiences here will undoubtedly help. Whether it is learning to work with various personality types, learning to accept constructive criticism on your work, or just adjusting to life in the “real” world, I know that these lessons will stay with me forever. Liggett has already helped me improve myself. Their strong guidance is helping me become the businessperson I hope to be. I hope I can absorb as much knowledge as possible in these next few weeks. This intern program truly cultivates real-world-ready individuals. I am so proud to be part of the experience.

Danielle E.
Financial Intern


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