Successful Learnerships are important for launching a professional career. They are not only a great tool for preparation into the workplace but also for networking. The job market is very competitive and this is why learnerships are so vital. Successful learnerships are a kickstart for many students with disabilities.
Firstly, set goals.
- Do not begin a learnership with unclear expectations. Decide what it is you want to gain out of the learnership.
- Be open with human resources department about what you require to work independently.
- No one can learn everything in one day, be patient with the process. Find out what stipend is given and what you are meant to use it on.
- Dress to impress, you matter too.
- Always be on time for learnership, this will prove that you are a punctual and serious candidate for the job.
- Put your phone away. Only use it in your lunch hour.
- Take notes. There will be tons of information from everyone that you cannot possibly take in at once.
- Keep your personal stuff at home. The only person that needs to know your personal issues (if it is affecting your work) is your employer. Not your co-workers!
- Ask questions, do not be afraid. You are there to learn.
- Get to know supervisors. Stick with the winners and those who can teach you skills.
- Go over and beyond. Anyone that steps outside their comfort zone is a worthy employee.
- Be well mannered and professional. Shake hands and greet everyone.
- Complete tasks on or before deadline. Be thorough and make sure all mistakes have been rectified. We all need a second opinion, so ask a co-worker what they suggest.