By Emily Long- Digital Editor
One of the biggest parts of the Lasell experience for students is completing an internship. So, what happens when a global pandemic sweeps through and forces you to work from home? For many Lasell students, we packed up our work laptops and set them up at our bedroom desks to continue our internships remotely. While it isn’t ideal, having a work-from-home experience now is a skill not many interns get, and one that can be invaluable in your job search process.
First of all, you gain discipline. Working from home isn’t the same as going into an office. More often than not, you’re in your sweatpants on the couch with your dog. Having the motivation to be as productive at home as you are in the office can be a big struggle. However, when you show you can still get your work done, your internship site will know you are able to tune out distractions and focus on the tasks at hand.
Second, you enhance your communication skills. When you are home, you don’t have the luxury of being able to walk into your supervisor’s office to ask questions. Instead, working from home requires lots of emails, phone calls, text messages, and video chats to understand assignments. Even after that, sometimes the details are still unclear, which means you need to take initiative and figure it out.
Finally, as the workforce changes, the ability to work from home has become a sought after perk. After going through this unexpected internship dilemma, you can now add working from home as a part of your experience. This new added skill will prove your trustworthiness and reliability.