Intern Blog

Confidence is Key

Apr 12, 2019

Category: Stevenson University

“Once you start believing you can do something, you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish.” During my first busy season here at Cohen & Company, a senior accountant, with whom I worked closely on an engagement, presented this advice to me as a point of encouragement. Having confidence in one’s knowledge and ability as an intern is not always easy. Working with team members who believe in you, like they do here at the firm, is extremely helpful in gaining confidence as a new hire. Listed below are ten tips useful in developing confidence during an internship.

1.) Be prepared: Being prepared is essential to having a successful internship. Dress for confidence and come to work each day with a positive attitude. Taking a note pad and writing utensil everywhere you go will allow you to record valuable information. Doing these things will allow you to prepare yourself to learn and work to the fullest of your ability.

2.) Use the knowledge you learn in training: While training does not teach you everything, it gives a strong base on which to build your knowledge. Pay attention to your instructors and take notes so that you have materials to refer to when you need them.

3.) Ask questions: Asking questions is part of the learning process. If you aren’t sure about something, ask! People at Cohen & Company are more than happy to share their expertise.

4.) Communicate: Keep lines of communication open between yourself and your manager, and anyone else you may be working with. Update team members as you are working on engagements to ensure that all parties are on the same page. Effective communication fosters teamwork and will allow you to more confidently work with others.

5.) Take example from others: Your manager and learning buddy are valuable resources. Utilize their expertise and experience in the industry to enhance your internship experience.

6.) Have confidence in your education: The university or college you attend(ed) has provided you with a foundation for your career in accounting. After working at Cohen & Company for a few weeks, you will begin to get used to your internship. Be confident in what you have learned by using your knowledge as you work.

7.) Accept challenges and tackle them headfirst: Internships are supposed to be challenging! Tackle new tasks with a good attitude and open-mindedness. It will help you learn new things and your team members will be greatly appreciative of your efforts.

8.) Learn from your mistakes: During your internship, you are going to make mistakes. They are a valuable aspect of the learning process. When you make a mistake, take notes and learn from it.

9.) Step outside of your comfort zone: Stepping outside your comfort zone will help you to gain confidence in interacting with new people. Talk to people at networking events with who you normally wouldn’t interact. Invite your coworkers out to lunch. Make a friend!

10.) Be confident: Be confident in yourself! You as an individual bring a unique skillset to the workplace. Utilize the knowledge that you have learned so far and leverage your uniqueness.