There is no substitute for hard work. As a twenty-something in the workforce, I am well aware that my generation has a bad reputation when it comes to entitlement. This false sense of entitlement plagues our society - and while there's a fine line between taking an opportunity and being taken advantage, you've got to learn to know where to pay your dues. Some of the best opportunities are the ones we never see coming - the ones that don't necessarily pay the bills at first but up their value ten-fold in experience down the road. Internships have that capacity - in most cases, you get what you give.
If you approach the work that you do every day with the desire to exceed your own expectations, the possibilities are endless... but if you enter that same workspace wondering why the answers weren't handed to you on a silver platter, you're going to get sidelined... fast. There is much to be said for learning things the hard way and internships provide a safe space for that learning and growth to take place. Join Sari Delmar on MusicThinkTank.com as she discussed the undervalued value of internships.
"If you find a company you like and you can see yourself building a career there, then it’s up to you and only you to rise above any obstacles and make yourself an indispensable part of their team. The interns or volunteers who can do this probably won’t be interns for long."