Well, the end is finally here. I still can’t believe it’s been nearly three months since my first day at Porter Novelli Atlanta! Overall, I had a wonderful experience interning here, and being able to write for this blog was certainly one of the highlights of my internship.
After reflecting on my overall journey at PN, I want to leave you all with the two greatest lessons I will take away from my internship, both of which I learned through a combination of personal experience and the guidance of my team members. Although I am discussing these words of wisdom in the context of the workplace, you can, and should, apply them to all areas of life.
Sometimes, there is no right answer. I am a very analytical, detail-oriented person, but I have learned throughout my internship at PN that sometimes there just isn’t a right way to do something. You should be resourceful and spend some time thinking about the best solution to a problem, but there often comes a point where you just have to go with your gut, and if you mess up, at least you learn for next time.
Know what matters to you. Finding the right position isn’t necessarily about knowing exactly what you want to do, but about knowing what motivates and satisfies you. Think about what is most important to you in a job—a fast-paced environment, warm coworkers, great benefits, etc.—and strive to find a position that meets those needs, even if it isn’t exactly what you envisioned yourself doing.
Although these are my big internship takeaways, they are just two of the many, MANY lessons I learned throughout my three months at PN. There are many things I wish I would have done differently, and a few I wish I wouldn’t have done at all, but I went into this experience knowing I had a lot to learn—about the working world, PR, myself, life—and learn I did. Every life experience will teach you something if you let it, and learning is never a waste. As Italian philosopher and economist Vilfredo Pareto once said, “Give me a fruitful error any time, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections. You can keep your sterile truth for yourself.”
Goodbye PN Atlanta, and thank you for being one of my life’s greatest teachers!
- Cathryne Keller