What It's Actually Like Interning For A Fortune 500 Company

What It's Actually Like Interning For A Fortune 500 Company

It is actually way different than I originally thought.

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When I was hired as a corporate communications intern for Navistar International, I was excited yet apprehensive. While working for a huge company with a major market share would be a great experience, I was unsure exactly what the corporate world would be like. Would my boss and coworkers be stuffy, professional people that I couldn't relate to at all? Would I feel confined to my 5 by 5 cubicle for eight hours a day? Would I be doing anything interesting?

Working for a Fortune 500 company is the exact opposite of every expectation I had coming into my internship.

As it turns out, my chief communications officer actually encourages us to get away from our tiny cubicles and find a space to work in that inspires our creativity. Mine happens to be these insanely comfortable basket chairs with giant pillows. The people on my team are absolutely amazing. Not only are they friendly and approachable, they go out of their way to include me in activities and make sure that I am doing anything BUT fetching coffee. I've already had the opportunity to write three articles, one magazine byline and help produce internal videos within my very first week.

It is clear that corporate America is closing the door on its stereotypical stuffy past and turning towards being a place for innovative creative types like myself to feel right at home.

I often find myself sitting in one of our many outdoor spaces to catch some sun while writing or going to report on extremely engaging presentations that my coworkers lead. The other intern on my team has become not only my friend, but someone who helps me push myself beyond my comfort zone. I am given way more responsibilities than I ever thought, but the classes I have taken at school have more than prepared me for executing every single one with precision.

One thing I have learned about a corporate job is that you definitely have to space things out. If you go ham and finish all of your projects in one day, you will be bored until your deadline. I have learned that this internship is a lot different than school. Taking my time with my work and actually stopping to take breaks and enjoy what I am doing has made me fall in love with my future career even more. Even though I tend to crank out articles super fast, I have found myself taking the time to make my writing even better.

10 years ago, if someone would have told me I would be working in an internal and external communications position for a Fortune 500 company, I would've called them nuts. I was and still am the person who sits in the back of the classroom and doesn't say much. Working with an amazing team for an amazing company has pushed me beyond my comfort zone to the point where I honestly don't have one anymore. I am confident in pitching ideas, approaching my superiors and letting my creative side shine as brightly as I know it can.

So Navistar, thank you for the opportunity to understand that not only did I pick the right career, but I will truly never work a day in my life if this is how much I will always love what I do.

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10 Reasons Why I Want To Be a Nurse

"Our job is to love people. When it hurts. When it's awkward. When it's uncool and embarrassing. Our job is to stand together, to carry the burdens of one another and to meet each other in our questions." — Jamie Tworkowski

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I truly believe that nursing is one of the greatest professions on this earth. It is demanding, but very rewarding. I haven't started my nursing career yet, but I am in college pursuing a nursing degree. Often I get the question "Why do you want to be a nurse?" And sometimes, when I have 40 assignments and five chapters to read in one day I also question my decision to become a nurse.

Here are 10 reasons why I'm choosing to stick it out and become a nurse:

1. You get to help others in many different ways.

Basically, your job is to serve others. It takes special people to be able to do this well. I love getting to help other people and show them Christ's love, whether that be consoling them when a loved one passed or helping them get better when they are sick.

2. Every day will be different.

You will have many different patients and tasks. Needless to say, no day will be boring.

3. You get to wear scrubs to work.

Come on, who doesn't want to wear scrubs every day? They are super comfortable, cute, and professional. You don't usually find those three aspects in one outfit.

4. You have a very wide range of career paths.

You could be an ER nurse, neonatal nurse, geriatric nurse, oncology nurse, and the list goes on and on...

5. There will always be a need for nurses and the pay is pretty good.

Job stability is always a plus in career paths. Depending on your path, you could also make a lot of money.

6. The human body is amazing and I love learning about it.

The human body and its processes have always been intriguing and interesting to me. With a nursing job, you never stop learning about it.

7. One day when I'm out in public and something terrible happens or someone has a medical issue, I can say "I'm a nurse!" and help out.

I've seen this happen many times and so badly I wanted to be the nurse in the room and be able to save the day.

8. You get to make a difference.

Being nice and caring for someone who doesn't get that kind of treatment just might change their life.

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9. You get to work with all kinds of cool medical equipment.

Every future nurse loves medical equipment and can't wait to use it all the time. We're nerdy and that's a good thing because our nerdiness will save lives one day.

10. You have one of the best jobs in the world.

Getting to help people while having fun and wearing cute scrubs sounds pretty great to me.

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To Be Honest, Business Attire Is Almost Never Necessary, And It Shouldn't Be Required For Everyone

No matter how you spin it, all of the reasons to wear business clothes to work are for the sake of appearances. Isn't it time to move past such a superficial matter and just let us wear what we want?

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When I express my contempt for wearing business clothes, I am often met with disagreement. People have told me that they quite like wearing button downs and slacks and lookin' dapper every day. To that, I say, "Great!" If you like business clothes, by all means, go ahead and wear what you want. But don't force such an antiquated work norm on me and everyone, regardless of whether we like it.

We're starting to see a lot of trendy startups abandon a handful of norms such as business attire, but most existing companies are still in the past when it comes to clothing. That is, many office spaces generally mandate business attire ranging from casual to formal (with intermittent exceptions like Halloween or Casual Friday). I find this custom both irritating and superfluous.

Of course, reasonable dress codes are highly important. I'm not saying we should just let people come to work in offensive clothing or obviously inappropriate outfits. There's a huge middle ground between that and traditional work clothes. I'm saying that it's unfortunate that many workers are prohibited from wearing what they would normally wear on a daily basis. For example, why are simple sneakers and tee shirts looked down upon in the office?

What I want to know is, does it really matter what we wear when we work?

I would argue that any mature person would be able to perform their job tasks regardless of their clothing. Yet, we are led to believe that business attire is important because it reminds employees that they are in a formal setting, establishing a sense of professionalism in the workplace. We're told that wearing different clothes to work helps distinguish professional matters from personal ones. I'm sorry, but I thought adults had the ability to know how to act in different environments without having to look down and see what type of pants they're wearing.

You may be wondering why I so strongly dislike business attire in the first place. There are several reasons. Business clothes can be expensive. They can be extremely uncomfortable and therefore distracting at work. Business clothes can require time-consuming maintenance, like dry cleaning and constant ironing. Lastly, they can be immensely impractical. Do you know how hard it is to find women's trousers or slacks with usable pockets? Or reasonably-priced "work shoes" that are both stylish and comfortable?

But the issue goes beyond the clothes themselves. It's the fact that we simply ignore the rule "don't judge a book by its cover" when it comes to professionals. It's the fact that it's not enough to simply judge a worker by the quality of their work.

It's the fact that, in a place where productivity is the main goal, formality is prioritized over comfort.

If the whole idea of business attire was suddenly abolished, would work performance and productivity drastically drop? Uh, no. You cannot argue that the reasons for business attire are not fundamentally superficial. And if there are people like me, who would much prefer to just wear my regular, comfortable (and unoffensive) clothes and shoes to work, then I think it's time we reevaluate the need for business attire in the modern workplace.

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