What exactly is Management about? Is it necessary only for large corporate companies? Is it required only for private enterprises or for businesses only? These are some thoughts that may cross the minds of many. However, we opine that these are only a part of the wide area of management. In this series of short papers, C-Edge College with the initiative of Management Department will draw out and illustrate the necessity and applications of management skills.
Internship is very important for students because it helps them to develop and sharpen their theoretical learning. Today, I will be highlighting how important it is for management studies. I like to start by giving out some definitions on Internship. Scholars have defined internship as an opportunity offered by an employer to potential employees, called interns, to work at a firm for a fixed, limited period of time. Interns are usually undergraduates or students and most internship last for any length of time between one month and 12 months. Internship offer students hands-on opportunity to work in their desired field. They learn how their course of study will be applied to the real world and build valuable experience that makes them stronger candidates for jobs after graduation. Internship also enables to gain first- hand exposure of working in the real world. Even it exposes to a new people in a more controlled and stable environment. An intern is not thrown into the wolves but rather given proper training, assignments and duties without the added pressure. Internship provides a nice learning curve for students with little experience of professional world. Like we always hear, what the experience we go through are what shapes us. Thus, the internship will not only encourage personal development but also greater understanding of self. I can also say that internship is a great way to earn the ropes even if one finds themselves filling or making coffee, most of the time. As long as one is at the right place for internship, take advantage of the opportunity and don’t take the experience lightly. A great way to take advantage is to ask a question which is one key to learn. Another way is to keep oneself flexible throughout the internship which can open many doors.
To know one is to know the goals and how to best achieve them. Finding this level of clarity is difficult but sometimes all it takes is trying someone new, out of the comfort zone. This is what I experienced and learnt during my summer internship at Reliance JIO, Dimapur office for a month. I started my internship with few of my classmates in different departments i.e. Marketing and Human Resource. I was an intern at the Finance Department. At our first day of internship, we were nervous about various things like what our work will be like, what kind of place it would be, how we would be guided etc. This made us confused at that time. However, as the days passed by, we got to know how the business world moves, how different departments are working under one roof, how they are tackling with different competitors, and how they communicate with each other. After few days, we were divided according to our interest and our specialization.
As the days progressed, our experience at Jio got more interesting and exciting. We all got different tasks like my HR colleague were experiencing on recruitment and selection and my other colleague in marketing department on customer satisfaction and pricing strategy. Whereas, as finance specialised student, I was on cash management. As our work was divided, it led to more advantage for us because we were getting to learn and experience it in real. Those really motivated us to do more work and also helped us to meet new people who inspired us to get to develop and also work on our personality. The internship was such that I feel so fortunate to learn various things on cash management and also from my friends who were working in different departments through observation and interacting with them.
The most important lesson I have learned during my summer internship is how to manage my time like the importance of being on time to office, working according to the time allotment and such. I came to know many new things about the Reliance Jio Telecom such as their products, management, services and several of offers and so on. I even observed and learnt that even though everyone is busy in their own schedule and work, they make out their time to help each other, communicate with each other and also coordinate to work as a team. It was very enlightening to have experienced and learned about team work where the phrase “United We Stand- Together We Succeed” was indeed true.
In conclusion, through this practical research I felt a lot of changes in me. It made me behave how to be like a gentleman, improve my communication skills, my behaviour and my physical appearances. I came to learn how to make decision and choose the best action to do my activities. Lastly, these summer internship made me a changed person because it made me learn how it is to be an employed youth, how to earn livelihood and how to handle one’s daily life and activities. And I am confident to say that I am looking forward to be a well-known employed person in near future.