Making the Most Out of an Internship You Don't Like: The FISH Philosophy

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Making the Most Out of an Internship You Don't Like: The FISH Philosophy

This blog post was written by Kathryn Tromba, our Campus Ambassador from the University of Central Florida.

Last week, Intern Queen gave you 5 Tips to Get Through an Internship You Don't Like. Listening to music, making friends with co-workers, and keeping yourself busy are great ways to help get through that long day of time-consuming (and what seems like pointless) tasks.

Although it may be tough (especially when you don’t like the internship you’re doing), it’s important to put your all into your internship and go into it with a good attitude, a lot of energy, and desire to learn. An internship you don’t like will inhibit you from learning and taking in as much as you can. The happier you are to wake up and go to your internship every day, the more work you will put into it, and the more you will get out of it.

The FISH Philosophy, a system created by John Christensen, explains just that. It deals with the questions of, “Why am I here?” and “Since I am here, how am I going to make the best of it?”

The FISH Philosophy was started by one day when researcher John Christensen went into a fish market and was amazed by the quality of service that the fish market had. The employees were happy to be there, and their happiness was reflected onto their customers and coworkers. Upon observing this fish market, Christensen came up with four philosophies to ensure success in the workplace.

Christensen’s philosophies built the ground work for achievement. Christensen said success was “about throwing yourself into what you’re doing. It’s about being engaged from every moment of your life, with your life. We spend more time at work than we do with our friends and family. We better be engaged in what we do.”

His philosophies got me thinking. Even though you can do small things to make your internship better, it really is all about how you act and how much effort you put into it. As an intern, looking at these philosophies in broader terms can help you get the most out of your internship, even if it is one that you don’t like.

The FISH Philosophy encouraged me to put my all into the work I was doing for the company that I interned for. I realized that what’s most important is to have fun. Like Christensen said, you spend more time at work than you do at home. Having fun will make the day go by faster, and it will reflect onto the other employees and customers, making an overall “fun” and positive atmosphere in the workplace.

I also learned that you have the power to choose your attitude. If you wake up telling yourself that today will be a good day, it will be a good day. If you wake up dreading the tasks you have ahead of you, the day will go by slower than ever.

Reading and learning more about the FISH Philosophy can really help to make your internship experience more enjoyable. Sometimes, it isn’t just about keeping busy and making friends, it’s about being positive and enthusiastic about what you’re doing. After all, this may be your career one day!

To learn more about the FISH Philosophy, check out their website!