Author Paulo Coelho said, “Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” In the world we live in today, opportunities for college students to get quality work experience before graduation are few and far between. Luckily for me, the Target internship landed in my lap without my ever realizing how truly valuable it would be. In the past 7 weeks I have learned more about leadership, managing a business, and working with a team than any amount of time in school could have ever taught me.
I have been included and incorporated into the Target fabric and nothing fosters growth better than inclusion. My mentor has challenged me to own my development and encourages me to always ask questions and continue to learn. She has pushed me out of my comfort zone because she knows what I am capable of doing, but has stayed close enough to let me know she’s here if I need her. I have been given opportunities to participate in things that most jobs don’t let interns do, including running the sales floor on my own and interviewing new applicants. Not many college students can say they’ve done either of those things. I am trusted and cared for, and I don’t think any other business invests as much time and energy into their interns as Target has invested in me. It has made me a better student, leader, and the experience I’ve gained will make me a much more valuable employee. And as Coelho said, nothing can substitute experience.
Post by Francesca, Target stores executive intern
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