2 weeks down, 10 weeks to go.
Just like thats, 2 weeks down for internship. Now onto the 3rd week; sucks a little that there wasn’t any off-in-lieu for Vesak Day, so it’s just non-stop 9-6 weekdays till the end of July. I have to admit I was dreading the start of it; mostly because I had so little time off after finals ended. Nonetheless, I was very motivated as I really wish to make the most out of this internship. Applying what I learnt in audit during the past semester in real life scenarios, would it turn out the way I envisioned and expected to be? My very first steps in the corporate world; my very first snapshot of what the audit industry have in store for me. This internship also serves to help me get into a disciplined regime, something which I really need. Without it, I really would have just squandered my time away at home doing nothing productive.
First day at work: being placed in a foreign environment yet again, but there’s always a first for everything. I was interning for a small firm, so there was no welcoming party or orientation or training programme. We were passed 2 huge pink coloured files, filled with several foreign documents and we were asked to take a look through first. Ugh what am I even supposed to read and understand halpz. Us interns were thrown immediately into action, and within the first day we already went to the client’s place to do vouching. Like what omg what if I don’t know this and that, what if I screwed up something major?
Thankfully, we adapted and picked up the skills required fast and slowly became more proficient in the tasks we were assigned to do. Gradually, the daily routine of work quickly set in and you’ll get used to it. Wake up, eat breakfast, leave home, go to work, leave work, back to home for dinner, random slacking at night; rinse and repeat for 5 days. This mini transition from student to internship life has been nothing short of being fruitful. Maybe it is too early to tell, but these 2 weeks have been quite an eye opener already. I felt like I went through a whole lot during these 2 weeks. (haha are you freaking kidding me…) Never understood how sitting in the office for hours could burn you out, but it did and I found myself taking naps immediately after dinner when I return home. During any usual day I would be too tired to do anything that I envisioned myself to be doing for my post-finals. The only positive is that I have been running, in addition to dance on Saturdays, as any form of exercise is good for someone who spends 1/3 of his entire time staring into a computer screen with his butt glued to the chair.
From the crazy peak hour squeezing in the MRT, the unwritten rule of chope-ing seats with half-used tissue paper packs, to still needing my daily doses of caffeine to fight the post-lunch food coma: these are the little things which will slowly become common practice as I enter the workforce in the near future. No more school holidays, no more free days, it’s going to be this vicious cycle for the next 20-30 years; such a thought is really frightening. No wonder every single senior told us to treasure our time as student. It really is a whole different world out there; one which is unprotected and one where you are ultimately responsible for yourself. Responsibility = a word no one likes truly.
Even the conversations I have are slightly different nowadays. Most of the peeps are also doing their own internships, so it’s always fun to hear the different things we encounter in the respective companies we are interning for. Life is getting real indeed when you start discussing about the ‘adult stuff’ , but there is always space for the gossips hahas. These conversations revolve around more mature and thoughtful topics, such as future plans and ambitions, the personal stories which shaped us as a person today, relationship issues etc. Sometimes, it’s okay if nothing makes sense right now. They call it the mid-student life crisis; where it’s too late to switch courses and you need to start thinking about your future plans. In the end, you just have to continue moving forward. When it happens, it happens.
This internship just serves to be the stepping stone to many things to come. I’m only 22; there’s still too many things to be ahead. It’s almost the end of May already, life will get even more mundane and time will fly even faster. Only during holidays will I post more than once during a single month sadly. A little prelude to the next post… website links to where I got the inspiration from (http://www.theplayerstribune.com/category/letter-to-my-younger-self/)