Twitter is great! I’ve been on Twitter since 2009 (@LavNandlall). There are some incredible people on Twitter – from good folks that I personally know, virtual acquaintances, mentors from around the Globe and just people in my niche. Not only has Twitter developed my ‘useless facts’ knowledge but it has opened up my social circle. If you are not on Twitter, you are missing out!
On Friday, Twitter proved itself useful once again. I saw a RT about intern applications for HEAT magazine. Despite the tabloid (read as tacky/weak) journalism, I applied.
To be honest, I’d much rather write about Judas Priest’s rise and fall then about what Taylor Swift wore on some night out. HEAT magazine is owned by a larger company called Media24 in South Africa with Bauer Media being it’s parent company on an international level. Stepping into either of those companies is a great boost on a career ladder. However, stepping into either of those companies means hard work and luck. I’ve been applying to do freelance in those companies and even though I might deem myself fit for the roles applied – you can only get in if you have a ‘contact’. We all know how businesses and larger companies work on a hiring basis. It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know and what your zip code is. If you disagree, I’d like to know why.
As luck/super-moon/diligence would have it. I got accepted for the internship. It did mean that I had to pack my bags, take a 10 hour roadtrip and find accommodation within 24 hours. Well, mission accomplished.
I start tomorrow. I’ve studied HEAT magazine and am trying to orientate myself in the big big city. I’m totally and completely out of my comfort zone. What is the best advice you would give to any intern?