Written by: Aimee Agliam
Sorry that I haven’t posted much lately, but I had an conflict with my internship that put my posts on a bit of a hiatus. However, now I’m back and would love to share the lessons that I learned from it.
Throughout my first week, I was feeling a little bit of discomfort with my internship. It was not the work that I was performing, nor was it my co-workers. In fact, I was on the verge of beginning an exciting research project, and my co-workers were a great bunch of people to be around. The real issues were my commute and safety.
My commute took up to 2 hours one-way. Because of this, my supervisor cut my hours so I could beat the awful Dublin traffic. Factor in lunch and tea breaks (those are expected here), and my commute was as long as the time that I spent working in the office. As for safety, I just wasn’t comfortable in the location where I was working. Not only was it far, but it was somewhat desolate. Also, I was hearing of several incidents in the area that called my personal well-being into question.
I was debating on changing my internship placement, but I really had no idea what to do. I’m not one for making decisions. My family and friends can confirm that. For example, someone once asked me if I am indecisive, and my reply was, “I don’t know.”
I usually just do whatever I feel or ask for others opinions and recommendations. So, considering both sides of the situation was extremely difficult for me:
On one hand: Maybe I am overreacting. After all, EUSA has had interns there in the past with no problems. If I do switch, what if I regret it? What if my new placement is awful? There’s a possibility that my new co-workers aren’t friendly and that I might just be doing insignificant busy work.
On the other hand: Do I really want to spend half of my day in transit? All the other interns were getting more hours and more experience at their placements. During that extra time, I could be learning so much more from my internship. Regarding my safety, the only thing I can do is take myself out of that situation.
Dilemma: A job at Basketball Ireland is ideal for me and my professional goals. I’d love to get into sports marketing as a career, and this job could give me great experience and references for the future. Quite frankly, the National Governing Body of a sport would really boost my resume. However, is losing so much time and risking my safety worth it?
This decision was tough, but in the end I chose to do what was best for me. (Wow! That sounded just like the pitiful statement from LeBron James just a few weeks ago.) No, I didn’t choose to take my talents to South Beach. I did however, decide to leave my internship with Basketball Ireland. There were 2 important factors for me: 1.) If I stayed at BI, would I have made the most of my internship here in Ireland? The answer was obviously no. I feel like I would have missed out on a lot, especially only working half the hours. 2.) No matter what, I have to put my well-being above anything else. Whether my decision will pay off or not remains to be seen, but at least I gave it a great deal of thought and consideration. Believe it or not, that was the easier part. The hardest part about this was that I had to tell my supervisor, which will be the topic of my next post!