La vie de stagiaire: my internship at MyFrenchLife™ – Beth Holding
Flashback to one year ago. I had only recently graduated, I was proud of my degree, but I didn’t know where I wanted it to take me. I loved languages, especially French, but I couldn’t envisage a viable path. My internship changed that.
Eventually, I fell into an administrative role. The work was enjoyable enough; I had responsibility, I felt challenged.
Yet, there was something missing.
I didn’t feel fulfilled.
I’ve always been a very ambitious person, and I wasn’t content with what I had. I felt the constant, restless pull to strive for something more, something bigger.
My feelings were muddled; I had a good graduate job, but it felt insufficient.
I wanted to put my degree to good use. And, I wanted to feel like all those years of studying French amounted to something, in the end.
That’s where the internship idea came from.
My internship: impressions & expectations
Admittedly, I wasn’t really looking for it, and yet there it was, in front of me; I just stumbled across it one day. Straight away, it seemed perfect. I had no hesitations about applying. It was as if something had shifted within me.
- It was editorial work, something I already knew I enjoyed
- Plus, it would expose me to the French culture and language, something I’d always felt deeply connected to
Initially, I didn’t really have many expectations. This was a form of self-defense, I suppose; I didn’t want to let myself feel disappointment. Secretly, though, I was hoping to learn a great deal about the world of publishing, I was hoping for first-hand editorial experience.
But, most of all, I was hoping for fulfillment.
My first impression was a whirlwind. Within days, I was speaking to Judy on FaceTime. She was kind, warm, and full of information. We talked and her words resonated with me; I was captivated.
From the outset, I knew the experience would be intense, especially factoring in my full-time job. But, I knew that it would also make a huge difference to my mentality. I was in it for the intensity, I was in it to make a difference.
Making an impact: the overall experience
Everything about the internship was exactly what I needed it to be.
It was more than just a job role, it was a holistic experience. The entire internship process was fully catered to me; my aims, my expectations, my areas of interest. Judy let me take ownership of my own development, and that was particularly valuable to me.
I spent time evolving the skills that mattered to me the most. I constructed my own direction. Judy gave me the guidance I needed, but I was in charge of the execution.
- Using SEO tools, I learned to increase website traffic
- I managed my own workflow and content plan
- Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram gave me an insight into social media marketing
- I coordinated projects and training for new interns
- I researched articles and reviewed work from in-house and external contributors
Above all, I enjoyed the creative freedom, I was at liberty to explore the deepest corners of publishing. I think that’s one of the things I’m most grateful for.
Working for a small business, grants a lot more exposure. You’re not lost amongst masses of faceless employees. You’re one of a few.
Immediately, you’re at the forefront of the business. Everything you do and say has a direct impact. Your actions and suggestions have scope to shape decisions. There was nothing more rewarding than this.
A special connection: internship & community
The MyFrenchLife™ community is nothing short of incredible. Everyone has lived different lives, in different cities; we’re scattered far and wide across the globe.
And yet, there’s a mutual connection that transgresses all of this to bring us together. It’s a unique and special link.
I would more than recommend anyone to apply for an internship – not only for the unparalleled experience but also for the sense of community that accompanies it.
My internship at MyFrenchLife™ has helped me to recognise who I am, and who I want to be – both personally and professionally. I’ve learned a lot about what makes me happy.
Judy has been the most incredible mentor – I can’t thank her enough.
Her enthusiasm and positivity have inspired and motivated me to believe in the best version of myself. Now, I’m in a full-time job using my French skills daily to create educational content, and I couldn’t be prouder of my progress.
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