While working the graveyard shift (12am-8am) for my Alaska internship Wednesday morning I, scrubbed out a ridiculously dirty mop bucket.
Yes. I know. Gross.
However, it got me thinking about how hard I worked to get this internship and what it will mean for me in the future…
It will mean I was taught stronger work ethic and a great amount of value for money. This is because I am working 40+ hours/week for free at the emergency clinic I’m interning at. Some call it unfair and wrong. Some told me to quit! But although I feel like I have somewhat been taken advantage of, I feel that what I have gained is far more than what they have. On that note, I feel if they would have treated me better and looked to see what was best for them and me overall, instead of what was best for them in the short run, they too would have benefited more than what they have for it. I don’t mean I would have worked harder and that I am holding back now, I mean that because so many people know of my “not-so-pleasant experience”, they may have lost potential business. That would be the least thing they would have lost. Unfortunately, they treat many of their employees just as bad and several have already left because of that. This is what I mean when I say “in the short run”. The long run may take more time and effort, but the return is far greater. Happy employees do better work and go to a greater effort to ensure the clients are happy as well. Will treating an employee wrong cause them to not take care of a patient? Likely not. But will it encourage them to go above and beyond when time is more available? Probably not either. This applies to any field.
I said I feel I have gained more than what I have given. What do I mean by that? I mean that I will be able to say I have worked in an emergency clinic andmaintained my composer under extreme conditions. I have developed the skills to communicate with those that have few or even no communication skills. I have learned to accept that when I bring a problem to a higher authority that it may get shut down. I’ve learned to get up from that. I’ve learned excellent technician skills and even though I feel I have much to learn, I think I’ve greatly improved since ‘day one’. Some may view my internship as grueling, free labor, but I view it as an opportunity to grow, learn and excel in.
My goal was to get an internship in Alaska and I succeeded. Where I will go now is to be determined, but I have vowed to only look at the positives and to apply what I have learned and forget the rest.