Written by: Katie Einzig
We all do it, sit in class and wonder when we’re going to use VLOOKUP, or when calculating the re-order point is going to help us roll in the big bucks. Well, here is your answer, all the time and hopefully very soon, but please be patient because hard work doesn’t warrant instant results, it takes time to pay off.
The past few weeks interning at American Eagle have been fast paced, fashion forward, and packed with math and fun (I swear!). But the best lesson I’ve learned is that I actually know everything already!! But seriously, what we learned in kindergarten and throughout our childhood, and at summer camp, and sleep-over parties are actually the most important tools to take into the business world with us.
So here are some little tid bits of wisdom from what I consider a business major’s bible, and how I’ve used them day to day at AE. Also appropriate due to the recent grand opening of 77Kids! (the cutest store you’ll ever visit, guaranteed)
by Robert Fulghum
If you have an opinion, say it. But NEVER forget that there is a nice way to say anything and everything.
Don’t take sides, don’t send gossip emails (even if its to your intern BFF), acknowledge everyone’s ideas, compromise, and realize that everyone learns differently.
Don’t hit people.
I know some days are harder than others, but come on, lets keep our hands to ourselves.
Put things back where you found them.
If you are fortunate enough to have internship that has a sample closet rivaling Carrie Bradshaw’s wardrobe (ok, maybe a bit excessive) but, nonetheless packed full of fabulous things, don’t forget to put the gorgeous dress you borrowed back. Seriously.
Clean up your own mess.
Whether you spill your coffee or discover a typo in your presentation to the VP, wipe it up or fix it. There is no sense in wasting anyone’s time explaining your own mistake. And if you don’t know what to do, ask. After all, we learned from day one that the only stupid question is the one you didn’t ask.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
This includes all items in the sample closet. As well as ideas, office supplies (no matter how cute the aerie notebooks may be), as well as responsibilities and respecting the company hierarchy. Oh, and don’t take some one else’s lunch from the mini frig.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Everyone makes mistakes. A simple apology goes a long way. Recognize error, give a sincere apology, get over it and don’t make the same mistake twice. If you happen to find yourself on the receiving end of an apology, accept and move on. You’ve made a few mistakes yourself (Think back to freshman year.. if you can remember).
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
So are oreos and peanut butter.
And my personal favorite…
And it is still true, no matter how old you
are – when you go out into the world, it is best
to hold hands and stick together.
Don’t forget, no matter where you are in the world, there will always be someone to answer to your O-H.
Enjoy the rest of the summer, Buckeyes!