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Being an intern during the Covid-19 pandemic

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Many interns come and work with u and learn at Zink. The group of interns we have today has adapted perfectly to this new normality, working remotely and during strange times.

They couldn’t have done it better, which is why we wanted to ask their opinion about their time with us.

In our previous post from interns at zink, they shared a video with us about their experience.

Marta (Palma de Mallorca, Spain)

“Being an intern during a global pandemic was a situation I could have never imagined, but, like everything, it has its pros and cons.

The best thing about doing meetings through video calling is only having to dress up from the waist up, but, on the other hand, the worst part is that when your younger sister comes yelling through the door everyone can hear her.

Another good advantage to working from home is that you have your entire pantry at your workplace, but this also has a negative side since the extra kilograms become increasingly apparent.

But now, being serious, Covid-19, as anything else, depends on the angle you see it from.

For me, this pandemic was an opportunity to try out working from home since it was something I had never tried out until now despite it being a very common practice in the Marketing and Advertising sector.

On the other hand, I am working on my organization skills and efficiency which are two very necessary aptitudes for work and life. “

Juana (Palma de Mallorca, Spain)

“Working during the pandemic, for me, has been working from home. Maintaining my productivity is the most important part and can be a serious challenge at times. My objective? Learning to manage my time in the most efficient way possible.

According to my own personal experience, these are the five keys to achieve this:

  1. Don’t lose your usual routine, if you are used to waking up at 7 in the morning to get to work on time don’t change that habit.
  2. Showering in the morning and putting on clothes that you usually dont wear at home. This causes your mind to create a distraction and have a different perception.
  3. Find the perfect spot in your house to work and turn it into an office. Take breaks every two hours, leaving that area to liberate your mind.
  4. Revise your schedule and prioritize more important tasks, from your home it’s easy to say “I’ll do it later”.
  5. Know when it’s time to stop working, when your working hours have finished, it is necessary to disconnect.

Self discipline and following the rules is very useful, it allows you to increase productivity and efficiency.”

Raquel (Pontevedra, Spain)

“For me, being an intern during the times of Covid-19 meant looking for the bright side of the situation. My curricular internship ended the month lockdown started and, being at home for another month, without being able to follow the routine I had planned was going to be difficult situation so I looked for a solution. What did this new situation have to offer? Teleworking, a perfect opportunity to be able to work with companies that are geographically out of my reach, so I sent my curriculum to Zink Marketing.

In a normal situation, the solution would have been to think about Galician companies I can commute to without issues, but, why stop there? I dont have the slightest regret and I encourage everybody to always look for an alternative that turns the situation around, sometimes, thanks to unexpected situations, is when we have the best ideas. “

Javi (Madrid, Spain)

“The key to being an intern during this pandemic is to adapt well to teleworking.The only option left for interns to work during lockdown is working from home. This is why we need to be experts when it comes to the tools used for teleworking for example, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Docs,….

Interns during the Covid-19 pandemic must find those companies that need them, which are not few since many companies have no other option other than changing their business model and incorporate new products and services. All these companies need interns to help, especially with market research and adapting their business to the internet.”

Vincent (Cannes,France)

“For me, this consists in being able to adapt to any situation because, at times like these, business in many sectors are not doing well. During these times, an intern must be ready to help any client in order to help its employer move forward and establish professional relations through the internet. Also, an intern must know what his clients and partners priorities are. An intern must also plan his daily tasks to be efficient.

In my opinion, and intern can take advantage of the current situation to practice and learn new things next to coworkers.

Three tips for an intern during these tough times:

  • Be curious.
  • Dont be afraid to ask for help.
  • Always finish your daily tasks.”

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