Your internships are a critical part of the curriculum in both the bachelor’s and the master’s programs at Glion. Starting that all-important internship is not always an easy step. However hard we try to prepare you here on campus before your departure to what, for many, will be one of your first real professional experiences, the transition is not always an easy one. You may be very excited to start your dream internship, but the reality can sometimes be very different to what you had expected.
It can be quite daunting to find yourself alone in a country or city you do not know; in addition, you will have to transform your behaviour overnight from student to young professional in the workplace. A very different type of attitude and set of behaviours will be expected of you to what you are used to. You are likely to be happy and excited, but you may also be scared, homesick, lonely, feel intimidated, question your abilities… and many more different feelings. This is perfectly normal, and in most cases, you will very quickly adapt to your new environment.
Every internship experience is very personal and every student reacts differently to his or her circumstances. Some employers and teams are incredibly welcoming, others less so. Below are a number of different problematic scenarios in which you may find yourself:
You feel that your teammates are jealous of you because you come from a school such as Glion/speak several languages/display personal belongings with prestigious brand names. Due to this jealousy, they may mock you, try to make you feel bad, try to humiliate you.
You may additionally feel mobbed or bullied by your manager; you become the scapegoat for anything that goes wrong; you are teased or left out of conversations, meetings, or even social activities.
You display too much self-assurance/knowledge/adopt an attitude of arrogance (which may in some cases be a way to disguise your shyness or lack of confidence).
Attitudes to adopt