Uncommon Summer Work Experience

If you have a son or daughter undertaking work experience or an internship this Summer , “doing good” might be your child’s droll response but that isn’t going to make them an object of interest to anyone in a future business setting. Ask them

  1. Which of these “how to’s” below they have acquired and successfully applied.
  2. How that has demonstrably helped their immediate boss, the business they have worked for or their clients (results and value).
  3. Ask them to pick 5 examples, and in a few powerful sentences, string that together in a brief conversation starter.

“I spent the Summer working for XX at YYY company, where I dramatically improved my understanding of [list the “how to” knowledge]. In return, my boss/my employer/their clients was able to accomplish the following [list the problems solved, the improvements made or the better client experience] with my help.

We’ve agreed to stay in touch and I am proposing to update them [in person, by phone or in writing] on DD/MM/YY about my progress and ideas to help their business growth.”

Don’t forget to encourage them to add “volume” with the use of powerful adjectives before each benefit for the employer. It is never too early to make a strong first impression.

Yet far too many Parents and kids, lean on family friends and colleagues for favours in securing employment but they overlook the actual learning and development success, the importance of disciplined follow up, and reciprocity, in eliciting repeat work and referral opportunities.  Perhaps that says more about the Parents sloth than that of their children.

How To’s Checklist

  • Networking
  • Decision-Making
  • Time Management
  • Team Building
  • Customer Service
  • Speaking Skills
  • Motivation
  • Humour
  • Ethics
  • Negotiating
  • Problem Solving
  • Planning
  • Writing Skills
  • Technology
  • Sales Skills
  • Use of Media
  • Futurism
  • Health + Wellness
  • Building self-esteem
  • Priority Setting
  • Image Building
  • Managing Change
  • Listening Skills
  • Creativity
  • Productivity
  • Leadership
  • Diverse experiences
  • Career Management
  • Innovation
  • Empowerment
  • Relationship Building
  • Rewarding Behaviour
  • Add others to your list

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