As you ease into your traineeship, you may face some challenges at the start. That’s probably because you’re new to the tasks assigned to you. But even after you’ve mastered the basics and are more comfortable with your work, you should continue to strive.
You might think, “It’s just a traineeship for now, and as long as I do the bare minimum, I’ll be fine.” Well, it’s true that you’ll do just fine. But assuming you’ve been through countless interviews, spent hours on job portals and career fairs to secure this very traineeship, why stop here?
The SGUnited traineeship programme could be a potential conversion to a full-time job or a stepping stone to something even bigger in your career. Whatever it could be, this is the best time to make a good impression, and here are some reasons why.
Gain valuable job experiences and stand out
This traineeship will only benefit you if you’re willing to take this opportunity to make the best out of it.
Take the time to understand the learning outcomes stated in your traineeship contract. As a trainee, you take up new responsibilities and learn specific technical skills that the company has set out for you.
As there are many different things that employers look for in a candidate, you can take this time to hone those skills and work towards building them. These skills can give you confidence in your work and daily life, and make you more attractive to future employers. In order to be adept at them, you will have to make the effort to learn actively.
So what can you do to make sure you gain the most out of this period?
● Think about the skills you can cultivate and improve during your time as a trainee
● Let your employers know which areas of the job you would like to learn more about
● Ask questions on the go and be intentional on your tasks at work
● Think about how you can support the team and the company
When you make the conscious decision to achieve more during this traineeship, you will find that you will have a lot more to write in your resume as you continue building your career.
Your future employer may ask you what you’ve learnt during your traineeship and of course, to set yourself apart from other candidates, you’ve got to have a concrete list of experiences in your pocket.
It could land you a full-time job in future
To increase your chances of getting hired full-time, you have to do more than just show up for work and be on time—you have to be proactive in your tasks during your traineeship.
Especially with the social distancing measures in placed, you’ll most likely be working from home and won’t be able to meet your colleagues regularly. Make a conscious effort to show to the team that the work you do is essential to them. To get the best experience out of it, always strive to contribute to the team's work and learn from your superiors as this might be helpful in the long run.
More importantly, always ask for feedback so you can get a sense of whether what you're doing is right or wrong.
As a trainee, you’re allowed to make mistakes and when you do, take them as important lessons so you can do better the next time round. All the constructive feedback that you received during your traineeship will help you become a better worker in future.
Learning from your mistakes also shows your superiors that you are adaptable and responsible. It shows them that you’re keen to learn and have the desire to do better at work.
These values also reflect your character and personality to the people around you. If you ever need a testimonial or recommendation letter to apply for a full-time job, your teammates and superiors would be more than willing to put in a good word for you. Or better yet, hire you full-time!
Broaden your network and expand your social circle
Make connections, cultivate friendship, and widen your network!
You’re about to spend a year in your current traineeship. That is a lot of time working together with your colleagues and superiors. You may be a trainee, but you’re still part of the team, nonetheless. So while you’re here, why not make an effort to get to know the people you’re working with?
Communicating with your colleagues isn’t just socialising, but it’s also expanding your horizons and listening to their job experiences. Learn from your colleagues, understand more about your job scope, listen to the good and bad sides of the industry, and make as many friends during your time there.
It might be a little tougher to actively communicate with your colleagues since you can’t meet them often these days due to the pandemic. But there are many ways in which you can stay connected virtually thanks to advancements in technology.
Let them know you value the opportunity to work with them. When you feel connected to the people around you, it forms a work culture that would also motivate you to do better. Plus, it always helps to have the right connections to speak up for your good work.
These days, LinkedIn seems to be the site for job-seekers. People get detailed insights into someone’s job history and where they’ve worked. Anyone could build their profile however, not everyone gets good recommendations from their employers. Your employers could endorse you for skills on your LinkedIn, and potential employers will be able to see the areas where you’ve done well and the skills you’ve acquired throughout your traineeship.
So how can you go above and beyond during your traineeship?
Now that you’ve learnt why you should continue to strive during your time as a trainee, how can you go about doing so?
Well, there are countless ways in which you can continue to learn and excel while being a trainee:
● Continue to learn actively by upskilling or building your portfolio
● Build up your hard skills and soft skills
● Learn how to manage your time and be your most productive self
As you continue to work hard, don’t forget to take care of your mental health and stay positive too.
Always know that you’re not alone in this journey and there are many trainees who are also navigating through their traineeship. If you want to find out more about other trainees’ experiences or learn more about traineeships in general, join the Young NTUC SGUnited Traineeship Network.
You can join our Facebook group and Telegram channel for regular updates about the latest career fairs, job opportunities, and traineeships. COVID-19 showed the world how uncertain life can be. But if there is anything humans can do well, it would be our ability to continually improve and adapt —so keep hustling!