On my first day on the job as a FireEye Account Development Rep (ADR) Intern, I felt like it was my first day of class at a new school. I met all of my peers that I would find myself surrounded by every day for the next few months. I also met my mentor, or teacher, that would be there to answer any question I would have throughout the summer. As each day passed I became more comfortable with my role, colleagues, and myself as an ADR with a new company.
Just like riding a bike for the first time or learning to read, I looked at my role as an ADR as a process. The process included learning about new online tools to make my job more efficient, analyzing various strategies and finding which would be most effective for me, and maintaining a confidence that would allow me to remain consistent and motivated every day on the job. Before I knew it, I felt like I had known and been working with my peers for years and had been an ADR throughout my whole young career.
My experience at FireEye as an ADR has allowed me to develop many skills that will benefit me throughout my future. The typical goal of any intern is to strengthen their resume for their next interview and position, but now that my summer internship is coming to an end, I have realized I am able to take away a whole lot more than that. I have been able to network and build relationships with my peers and company leaders, become aware of what it takes to be successful in the corporate world, and cultivate skills that can be used every day, whether it is inside or outside of an office building. And each of these acquired characteristics carries a significantly higher value than any piece of paper with my name bolded across the top of it.