I'm finally back home after spending the entire summer in Dothan, Alabama/Cedar Springs, Georgia! Before classes kick back up, I'd like to spend a little bit of time detailing my first internship experience.
I snagged my procurement internship with a large, private organization early on during my first year of graduate school. As a Supply Chain/Operations Management concentration, I knew I wanted to intern with a large company and in a buying/purchasing role and that's exactly what I was able to do this summer when working for an organization that manufactures containerboard.
Before diving into some tips and what I learned from my 10 week internship, I want to give a breakdown of my daily routine.
5am CST - Wake-Up
6am CST - Leave Dothan apartment
7:45am - Arrive at work
8:15am - Morning Mill wide call
8:45 am - Assist buyers with executing contract/service agreement, create bid events, source items for various mill departments
10:00 am - Weekly Procurement Department Meeting
11:15 am- 12:30 pm - wrap up desk work/quick lunch
12:30 pm- 4:30pm - head out to storeroom to work with buyers and clerks to order, put away, and drop off inventory throughout mill
4:30 pm - head back to office
4:45 pm EST - end work day and head home
4:30 pm CST - arrive back at Dothan apt
4:45 pm - 8:00 pm - dinner, blog, tv time, etc.
8:00 pm - shower
9:00 pm - watch one last tv show
9:45pm - 10:00pm - bed
I made this quick little video towards the end of my internship program to give you a better idea of my daily routine. ** Turn your volume down -- the audio didn't translate well between my iPhone and the blog and it's quite uneven.**
Yes, I lived in one time zone and worked in another! It took me most of the summer to get use to waking up an hour early, so needless to say I'm very happy to be back in the Central time zone.
With this being my first ever internship experience, I learned five key things: 1) Don't wait... dive in! 2) Ask questions 3)Make connections 4) Use this time as a learning experience 5) Apply knowledge you already have
Once you get passed the on-boarding and HR phase of your internship, work with other interns and your supervisor to dig into the inner workings of your area. Go to meetings, work across teams, and take charge with projects.
There are no "dumb" questions. If you're curious or concerned or just want further insight, ask about it! If you're working on a project and get hung up, ask someone instead of making a wrong move. If you just want to know more about your organization and the area you're working in, set some time up with your supervisor and others in the area for one-on-one discussions. Remember, this is a huge opportunity for you, so be sure to use your first hand resources!
You don't want to stay in your little department all summer, learning about only one area-- branch out and get in touch with the other areas your department comes in contact with. As a procurement operations intern, I had the opportunity to work with and meet people from everyone around the mill. It made sense for me to get to know them better since procurement is responsible for purchasing everything from hand sanitizer for dispensers located across the mill all the way to high dollar motors, valves, and bearings for our paper machines! Plus, working on projects throughout the summer allowed me to even work with managers from our corporate location. There will always be opportunities to make connections, you just have to grab hold of them when they present themselves!
Use the Internship as a Learning Experience
Internships are these fun little experiences that all you to get a better understanding of a company, its culture, and experience working a true 40 hour+ work week. Yay! No, but seriously, use this time and opportunity to gain further understanding of what exactly you want and don't want in a job. Plus, interning is a valuable opportunity to work with and gain experience with different systems, processes, and programs-- these will give your resume a strong boost!
Apply Knowledge You Already Posses
Remember that you're bringing skills that not everyone has to your internship! Whether they're soft or technical skills, find opportunities to apply them to the various projects and responsibilities you take on during your internship.
I had a blast at my internship and was able to learn a lot about the company, its vision, and what some of my responsibilities would entail if I'm offered a position. I also learned what I don't want in a role as well and it's definitely given me a much clearer idea on what I'm looking for career-wise.
If you have any internship experience or advice, feel free to leave it below in the comment section!
It's been forever since I've blogged! I have been so wrapped up in my graduate program and work that I just have not had the time to write. Honestly, I should be studying for an OM test I have tomorrow, but I couldn't fight the urge to post a few pictures from my recent trip to Tulum, Mexico!
I recently enjoyed a week-long stay in the magical town of Tulum, Mexico! Knowing that I'd be hanging out on the beach just about everyday, I ordered a few swimsuits prior to leaving.
This orange bandeau one piece ended up being my favorite. I knew I wanted a one a few one pieces to wear so I could just easily throw a pair of shorts on when roaming the town, so when I came across this suit by ASOS I knew I had to grab it. I originally wanted it in black but when I saw this bright orange I couldn't resist!
Staying true to my love of one pieces, I found this festive little number by Lovers + Friends while scouring Revolve's sale section about a month before my trip. Besides the fun pattern, the suit is actually this amazing cotton-y, terry cloth type of fabric that feels so good -- feels nothing like normal swimsuit material. Plus, the front zipper adds a bit of sassiness! The suit has a deep scoop back and adjustable straps.
**Revolve also carries this same style in a two-piece!
And who can resist throwing on a fun mix & match bikini?! I bought this Target bikini over a year ago and finally got to wear while south of the border. The hot pink fringing and colorful, funky stitching were perfect under the Mexican sun.
This is just a glimpse of my time down in Tulum. I can't wait to show you the rest of my exciting trip! Be sure to check back in later this week to find out the best places to eat, grab drinks, and explore!
Hi loves! I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with Amelia from LuxeDecor. LuxeDecor is an online furniture retailer who specializes in creating curated collections and interior design blogging. I picked out a ton of items that I would decorate my apartment with (each item is linked in the post!). Check out Amelia's guest post below and visit LuxeDecor for all your stylish furniture needs!
Designing a chic and sophisticated space can be a challenge without extra funds. If you’re hoping to give your home a fashionable facelift without splurging on tons of extravagant and expensive décor, there are many options available. A few small decorating tweaks can have a major impact—from outfitting the floor with a pretty new rug to adorning the walls with original artwork, there are plenty of ways to add serious style without breaking the bank.
Image Credit: Image Via House and Garden UK
A bright living space is filled with bold colors and eclectic prints. Far from boring, this cool living space delivers big on style points. To create a modern and mesmerizing space, it’s important to play with color and experiment with different motifs. A rectangular pink area rug is dynamic eye candy, while a rainbow striped pillow adds tons of glamorous appeal.
Image Credit: Image Via Caitlin Wilson Design
A contemporary living space looks like a posh hotel with a bit of design zing. Pops of purple, gold accents and a few funky furnishings make this wild and whimsical space feel elegant. A square glimmering gold cocktail table is perfect for hosting family gatherings and late night soirees, while a matching rectangular end table is charming with a champagne metal finish. A few marble table lamps finish off this eclectic home space.
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Regal and refined but still totally hip, this cozy bedroom is full of fun frills. Relax and unwind in a space with showroom-worthy style. Fur footstools give this sleeping chamber a bit of panache and a soft place to rest tired feet, while gold metal bowls offer any nightly nest a spot for storage and keepsakes. A gilded gold frame filled with sweet memories is ideal for a bedside table.
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Work projects will feel like joyful endeavors in this swanky office space. Overflowing with tons of fun accessories and lot of beloved treasures, this study is not short on personality. A tall gold bookcase works well in a contemporary home work station, while items like a lotus candleholder, ceramic pineapple and gold vase add fresh, fun vibes to a practical space.
Guest post by Amelia Ohm of LuxeDecor
// swimsuit //
Summer is unofficially over friends! Labor Day weekend has come and gone and work and classes are back in full swing. I spent the long weekend down in Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores with a few friends of mine and absolutely loved it! I bought this swimsuit earlier in the summer and I find it funny how I didn't get the chance to wear it until the absolute end! I knew I wanted a white swimsuit but was concerned about how it would look. Plus, I knew I wanted one that wasn't so pricey. I scoured the internet for a while and found my white spaghetti strap crochet accent swimsuit on SheIn.com. Other than a funky little crochet tan line on my stomach after spending all day on the beach, I really like my swimsuit! *I know people are skeptical about SheIn, but just be sure to read the reviews and check out the pictures prior to purchasing.
Be sure to check out the blog later this week as I detail my trip to Gulf Shores! Have a great weekend!
If you didn't notice, I took a little vacation from the blog. It was much needed and a lot has happened since then! I started a new job, received some exciting news, and am in the process of prepping to move back to a familiar and exciting place. To celebrate these new adventures in life, I decided to try something new. On a whim, I decided to plant a flower! Hydrangeas to be exact. They're one of my favorites and they're great to grow during the spring and summer months.
I have anything but a green thumb. I could probably kill a succulent if I tried hard enough! Luckily, my mother is the queen of gardening and helped me out with this project. Since I chose the hydrangea, my mom suggested I use a fairly large pot to plant it in. Hydrangeas are basically bushes, so they need as much room as possible for the roots to spread when potted. Of course the size of your pot depends on your plant. If you're growing something a but smaller, find a smaller pot! Be sure to grab a bag of potting mix and flower food as well!
If your pot has punch out holes at the bottom for water drainage, go ahead and pop them out. Line the bottom of your pot with a bit of newspaper and then fill it half way with potting soil. Using a small shovel or just your hands (throw on a pair of gardening gloves if you'd like) form a small pit in the middle by moving soil towards the side.
Now, there's a trick to getting your plant out of the pot you purchased it in. You've got to wiggle and maneuver very precisely or your plant will fall apart! Once it's out in one piece, you set it in the pit you created. Take the soil you pushed to the side and push it back towards the center to cover the plant. Only stems and flowers should be visible at this point. If you're starting from a seed, you'll cover it completely!
Next, give your plant a decent amount of water and let it do its thang! And by that, I mean grow!
Anything new happening in your life? Let me know in the comments section!
Hello, I'm Margo.
25 year old laid-back lady currently pursuing my MBA in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Just using my blog to share my evolving style, favorite recipes, and exciting travels with you!
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