As a part of this continuing series, I interviewed Jason Scott, who is also a fellow intern with me! Besides being an intern, he also holds three other jobs. I interviewed him about his jobs and how he manages all of them and some free time. As someone who also has four jobs, I can really relate to Jason and was interested in his point of view. This is what he had to say:
1. How is it having a job and interning? What jobs and internships do you currently have?
Jason: With having 2 internships and a part-time job I don’t really have weekends or any free time. I also have online classes as well, so I stay pretty busy. I work at Old Navy, intern with Social Fresh as an Editorial Assistant and I have another internship with with Dream Row. The Social Fresh and Dream Row internships are vitrual internships where I mostly do research on bands and possible venues for concerts, etc. for Dream Row and social media research on companies, Facebook, Twitter, etc. for Social Fresh.
2. How do you manage more than one job?
Jason: It certainly feels I have four jobs altogether (school, 2 internships, and Old Navy). I’ve learned to schedule myself and commit to only a certain amount of work. I’ve learned that it’s okay to say no when I need to.
3. What was the most important thing you learned from interning?
Jason: The most important thing I’ve probably learned from interning is networking how to make things happen for myself. I was able to find internships that were a good fit, but I also keep in mind that in order to succeed I need to give it my all.
4. What advice would you give to other interns?
Jason: I would urge interns to take advantage of every opportunity they can, and not to wait. I’ve already been applying to other internships for the summer just in case. I think it’s important to keep all your bases covered.
Jason makes some very valid points for any interns and for anyone working more than one job. You have to make time for yourself and learn how to say no. This is a struggle a lot of people have: taking on too much work. It is a long better for your and the company to say no to something rather than take one more than you can handle and not be able to get something done, which makes everyone look badly.
Networking is one of the most important things I would stress as well. Everyone needs people and sometimes opportunities are about “who you know not what you know” as the old saying goes. Get to know people online and offline and keep in touch with them. Attend conferences, participate in Twitter chats, network with other students and professionals, and do anything else that would give you an opportunity to connect with more people to better yourself.