Why am I Working Here Again?

Oftentimes as business students, we lose sight of the purpose of our work. Excel spreadsheets, CRM updating, e-mail after email, what’s it all for anyway?

When taking this job with Weight Watchers, I knew about the brand, as my mom had done the program years ago. In my mind, I had a picture of a group of people in a room talking about their weight loss and going on and on about everything they eat. Little did I know this perception would change so quickly.

Every month Weight Watchers holds a corporate meeting in which they disclose to their employees new products and updates to the company. The other interns and I had been looking forward to it all week, as we do for any meeting, to break up our day on the computer. Finally, the day had come! The first product was revealed, but after that I started to tune out–it wasn’t as exciting as I had hoped for. I was ready to go back to my desk and continue my work, until one of the members came to the front of the room and started to talk about her weight loss journey. After her first few words, I didn’t want to leave.

Since then I have heard a few other member’s stories at Weight Watchers member meetings, as well as I have started the program myself. I didn’t realize how much of a lifestyle change it truly is! Although our journeys have all been so different, we all have one result in common–not weight loss, but happiness. Reaching a goal or progressing towards one can be rough, but the support Weight Watchers provides its members keeps them motivated and proud of their success so far.

Knowing the purpose of the company I work for and seeing it in action has truly changed my attitude at work. It gives me a reason to make it through the long commute and those hours on the computer. Although it may not seem like my small intern tasks add value to the company at times, I know that my work helps those higher up make a larger impact.  It also made me realize the importance of finding my purpose and finding a workplace that aligns with what I feel I am set to do. By working with like minded people, I find myself more excited to come to work every day.

So why do I update the CRM system, pull reports, and work on sales reviews every day? I do it to make people happy!

10 Lessons for your First 2 Weeks

I’m Cassie Edelstein, a rising sophomore, and I am currently a Regional Sales and Account Management Intern at Weight Watchers Health Solutions Team. In my first 2 weeks at the company, I have learned a lot, but here are the 10 most important things I have learned about interning so far:

  1. Bring a sweater/jacket to the office

Offices tend to get cold, especially when it is June and the air conditioning is blasting. On my chair, you can always find my favorite sweater ready to go!

  1. Find out if your office has free coffee

After waking up around 10 every day all of May, waking up at 6 was a HUGE shock! Long calls can be tough to pay attention to, but without caffeine it is even tougher. Oftentimes if you ask other employees or look around you can find free coffee. Trust me, I take advantage of it at least 2 times a day.

  1. Know who your manager is before your start date

As much as I love interning in New York City, dealing with the commute from Long Island can be rough. Of course, my first day of work the train was delayed for an hour, making me 45 minutes late. Luckily, I had my managers name and e-mail to let him know I would be late, and he was completely understanding!

  1. Ask what acronyms mean, even if you think you know

CRM, RSM, RAM, LMV, AW…these were just some of the acronyms I heard on my first day. Oftentimes companies will have a list of what these terms mean, something I have found extremely useful when navigating projects given to me.

  1. Make an effort to meet the other interns

These are people you will be working with all summer, and they are also your peers. Many of us have similar experiences and interests, plus it’s always nice to have someone to eat with.

  1. Bring lunch with you (but after the first day)

On the first day, your job might provide food for the interns, but after that, you’re out of luck. As an intern, every dollar saved counts, so bringing lunch instead of buying everyday makes that pay check go a little further.

  1. Make an effort to get to know the employees

Whether it be team lunches, happy hour, or lunches with executives, go to them! My dad has told me many times, the more connections you make, the further you will go in your career. Every relationship counts so make it a point to go to as many events as possible.

  1. Bring snacks!

There’s only so far breakfast at 6:30 AM will take you. By 10:30, the hunger starts to come on, but it isn’t late enough for lunch yet. That’s why I tend to pack 2 snacks with me, one for the morning and one in the afternoon. Trust me, that little boost of energy makes a BIG difference.

  1. Remember you are just as qualified as the other interns

As a sophomore, it is intimidating when the other interns tend to be rising seniors or graduate students, or come from Ivy league/prestigious private schools. At times I didn’t feel as deserving as the other interns, but then I remember I went through the interview process just like they did and was chosen to be on this team. No one is better than the others, we are all deserving of our positions.

  1. Wherever you go, you will find a Buckeye

Once you mention you go to The Ohio State, I am positive you will find a fellow Buckeye in the office. My encounter happened to be with the Director of Marketing, which easily established a connection. Even though I may be back in New York, OSU follows me everywhere and I am lucky to have that network.