This has been an exciting semester for me because this is my internship semester. After seven semesters of gaining knowledge for my major, balancing acads life and org duties and more than three college years of dedicating my time inside the four walls of my school, finally I am out in the corporate world. What makes this exciting is because this is my first real experience in the real world.
We are required to have three internship settings rendering 200 hours for each as stated in our curriculum. I’ve always wanted to have a radio internship ever since I entered Radio and Television Production class during my third year in college. I wanted to know how a radio station operates. And so after my first two internships, I decided to send my resume to radio stations. Thankfully, I landed an internship on iFM. Aside from the technical learnings, I had a lot of fun working with the DJs and other staff there. Also, there are five important lessons I learned from my stay in iFM.
1. We don’t always end up with the path we planned.
Whether it’s a childhood dream or a career we’ve always wanted there are circumstances in life that leads us to a different road. I learned this from iFM’s station manager and the applicants for the DJ search. You’ll be surprised with the story of their station manager on how he became a DJ and a station manager. Being in the radio industry was never his plan, opportunity just knocked to his door in which he was hesitant at first to welcome. A number of applicants for the DJ search were not in the field of media, even their earned degree are way far from the radion industry. I asked them why they wanted to be a DJ and from the answers that I got from them I concluded a simple answe- it is their passion.
2. Leave a mark.
Apart from doing your best in everything you do, your work must also be noticed. It is one of the memorable words of Sir Rob, the station manager, when he talked with us. According to him, doing your best while sitting in silence would do nothing. We should always be brave to show what we’ve got and be proud of what we can offer.
3. There are no big or small tasks.
There will always be a learning or two in every task that was given to us. It can be learning a new skill, a new place (yes, because you can be lost sometimes when you were sent outside to run an errand), or a new perspective (having a friendly talk with my supervisor and other staff in the studio helped me with this). As an intern, we must not feel low when simple tasks are assigned to us.
4. Never stop doing what you always love to do.
Just because you did not end up with career you’ve always wanted you must not neglect doing your passion because that’s what will keep you going. Even though the profession you are pursuing right now is way far from your passion we must not be tied down. Following our passion will fix our search for a purpose. We must not also hinder ourselves in learning more or enhancing our passion.
5. It is important to smile and be respectful to everyone.
Be ready at all times to wear your smile for you never know you might be facing a significant person. Or even if that person is not significant, even if he or she is a mere stranger. Also, this sets a good first impression to the person you are talking to. That smile may just be the little act of kindness someone is hoping for. I remember when an applicant from Baguio came in the studio. It was two days after the extended audition for the DJ search. He came straight from Baguio, alone. His exhaustion from the long travel and tense feeling for a possible one shot audition were obvious. I was the only intern on that day and there are no other staff present aside from the one DJ that was airing. I smiled and talked to him while waiting for him to try out. I learned that he walked from Aurora Boulevard to Greenhills because he had no idea of what means of transportation will take him in the studio. As we were talking, I can see that he was a little relieved.