The Intern Diaries: Chasing My ‘Carpe Diem’ Moment As A Fresher In FMCG Industry

The Intern Diaries: Chasing My ‘Carpe Diem’ Moment As A Fresher In FMCG Industry

The Free Press Journal has launched its first "Summery" initiative, which gave youngsters a chance to pen their internship experiences. While every single story submitted was unique in its own way, we had to narrow it down with to the finest six stories. Read below some overwhelming responses that show the importance of internships in students' life:

Divyanshu KumreUpdated: Monday, October 16, 2023, 04:58 PM IST
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The final chapter of my summer internship was just the beginning of my journey in the corporate world. | Special Arrangement

I embarked on a journey of corporate exploration during my summer internship, creating thrill and apprehension for me. Upon entering the office premises, I was prepared to immerse myself in the realm of professional exposure. The initial day brimmed with introductions, acquainting myself with the team, and familiarizing myself with the company's objectives.

Chapter 1: Climbing the Hills

As I delved into my assigned projects, I had the experience of exploring the sales field, visiting different dealers, and meeting with my team to plan weekly sales activities. I learned how the FMCG industry operates in this corporate world, while facing challenges during my work, I discovered that seeking guidance wasn't a sign of weakness but a step towards growth.

Chapter 2: Hurdles

As an intern, one of the biggest fears I faced was having conversations with retailers and selling them the product. One project, in particular, pushed me out of my comfort zone. I had to present a proposal to the senior management team, who had been coordinating with me from day one. The days leading up to the presentation were nerve-wracking, but I poured my heart into the work. With support from my mentor and late-night rehearsals, I confidently delivered the presentation.

Chapter 3: Networking

Beyond the work itself, I made friendships with fellow interns. Our lunch breaks turned into insightful discussions, while after-work outings strengthened our bonds. I realised that networking wasn't just about exchanging business cards but forming genuine connections.

Chapter 4: Enhancement

Halfway through the internship, I looked back at how far I'd come. I developed new skills, honed my time management abilities, and became more adaptable. The feedback sessions with my supervisor highlighted my progress and pointed out areas for improvement.

Chapter 5: Seizing Opportunities

As the internship continued, I seized every chance to attend workshops, seminars, and team-building events. These experiences broadened my horizons and exposed me to diverse perspectives, enhancing my personal and professional development.

Chapter 6: Farewell

As the last day approached, mixed emotions filled the air. Saying goodbye to colleagues who had become friends was tough, but I left with a sense of accomplishment and gratitude. I knew the lessons and memories would stay with me forever.

The final chapter of my summer internship was just the beginning of my journey in the corporate world. Armed with new skills, confidence, and a network of connections, I entered the next chapter of my life - academia or the professional world - equipped to tackle challenges head-on and embrace growth with open arms. Consequently, my summer internship transformed into a crucial phase within my journey, moulding me into a person of greater competence, resilience, and self-assurance, fully prepared to embrace whatever the future had in store for me 

The author is pursuing PGDM at Chetana's Institute of Management and Research.

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