- Network. Go to career events and connect with people. Connect – don't just ask "the right question"; meet and learn about the other person, and make sure he/she gets to know you. Build relationships – you never know if that person you met will land you a position at a nice place or can become a friend.
- Be ready, and not afraid, to learn. I had to learn a lot to do a good job, but that learning was mostly driven by myself. As an intern I was empowered, but that also comes with the responsibility to learn, in a great part by yourself, from the vast resource library provided by the company. Don't be afraid, you'll learn as you go.
- Take action, fast. In school we have sometimes an entire semester to finish a paper. We may start early, and spend a lot of time planning, perfecting, and revising it to get that A. In my role it was different; while we had to take informed actions, we had to act quickly and not suffer from "paralysis by analysis". Sometimes you don't need to have 100% of the answers before starting to implement a project.