Dear ‘It’s my first time in the industry and I am freaking out’,
There’s only so much that I can say or do that will change your perception of the industry as a dark, scary place that will eat you alive and spit you out. The industry, however, is far from it, well mostly. From my experience I can tell you that you will brush shoulders with all kinds of people, the good, the bad and the ugly.
It has taken me forever to be comfortable in the environment. It has taken painfully long hours and carefully thought out plans for me to constantly be on top of my game and churn out content at the drop of a hat. Working with the health department I have curated some of the most boring stories, but I also have come across some of the most interesting things. Republishing stories from wires and scouring websites for something new and unique may have been the epitome of grunt work for an intern but it has made me extremely aware of what is going on around me, so much so that any medical anomaly will get me excited. In the industry nobody is going to sugar coat things for you, there will be yelling, loads of it, hopefully it will not be directed at you.
Dealing with rejection has been admittedly tough, no amount of rejected assignments or failed class tests can prepare you for when your perfectly planned story idea is shot down. Just a little side note, your long weekend plans will get ruined with the crushing amount of workload, long working hours and just general mental and physical exhaustion.
There will be a million people (read aunties and uncles) who will try and teach you the ‘tricks of the trade’ in the industry. But the truth is you will be going in blind, and you will have to fend for yourself. Make your work speak for you and tip the scales in your favour.
The existential intern who is still trying to find her place in the industry