Getting ahead through internships

Getting ahead through internships
Miss Eunice Usha Balasupramaniam, who is in her 20s.

Stint taught rapport, friendship and how to bounce back

After her A levels, Miss Eunice Usha Balasupramaniam, who is in her 20s, wanted to pursue a career in the tourism field as she likes meeting people and organising travel plans for her family and friends.

She said: “After graduating from junior college, I did my research on my available options. I chose to study at PSB Academy as it offered double majors (Marketing and Tourism) in the area I am interested in.”

Miss Balasupramaniam enrolled in PSB Academy in August 2010 and graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Marketing and Tourism) awarded by The University of Newcastle, Australia, in September last year.

In her final year of studies, as a full-time student she did a three-month internship at the marketing department of the Centre for Management of Technology.

She said: “As I had no prior work experience, I felt that an internship will provide me with greater exposure to the demands of working life. After I applied for the internship, I had a list of companies to choose from as recommended by the Career Services department of PSB Academy.

“I then made my choice from the list based on my personal criteria like interest and relevancy to my programme.”

Her internship duties included data research and extraction, as well as introducing and explaining the company’s events to prospective clients.

“I had a hands-on experience and gained wider exposure in an actual working environment. I understood the demands of different industries and improved my decision-making and organisational skills.

“The main lessons I learnt were how to prioritise my tasks, adapt to the working culture and being confident in performing my tasks. Most importantly, I learnt to be willing to learn and improve myself, regardless of the setbacks faced.”

She added that building rapport with her colleagues during her internship, especially during team projects, enabled her and her team-mates to share and cultivate ideas productively.

“The experience I obtained during my internship has been crucial to building my character and it has helped elevate me for future job opportunities,” she said.

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