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7 tips to maximize your Geotab virtual internship

Published on July 28, 2021 in Working at Geotab by Simran Kang


Discover tips and tricks to grow as a professional during your virtual internship at Geotab.

Geotab has been recognized as one the Best Workplaces In Ontario for 2021. Interns play an integral role in Geotab’s culture, community and organizational structure. Jumpstart your career at Geotab to gain full access to learning and networking tools to broaden your global perspective. 

1. Create a daily routine 

It’s no surprise that the workday may look different when working remotely. The key to success in a remote workplace is creating an agenda to prioritize tasks, schedule breaks and track meetings. Daily planning depends on the person. Experts advise you should plan your whole day in advance, while others prefer doing it first thing in the morning. Test what works for you!

 

Start the day by reviewing your to-do-list and allocating time for each task. Estimate how long each task will take and rank them based on importance. Long-term projects can be time-consuming, especially when they involve multiple phases and parties. Break down the larger projects into smaller, daily tasks to avoid stress and procrastination.  

 

See also: How to plan your day when working remotely

2. Commute to your virtual workspace 

The average national commute time in the U.S. is 26 minutes each way. When working virtually, even if your commute is a couple steps away, time should be carved out to travel and mentally prepare for entering this space. Your workspace should only be used during work hours, so avoid working at the kitchen table or on the couch unless you have no other options. This promotes a proper work-life balance.

 

See also: Mindfulness at work: 10 tips for productivity

3. Stay connected while apart

Seeing a colleague grab their morning coffee is not a regular thing anymore. While it is important to practice social distancing for our health and safety, it is also important to pay attention to our mental health by staying connected.

 

At Geotab, interns have built an internal networking program called Tabr where Geotabbers are randomly matched with a colleague for an informal video chat. This allows interns to create meaningful connections regardless of their location, department or role.

4. Join chat rooms

If you are looking to find others who share your interests, then consider joining chat rooms to connect with people from around the world. Geotabbers have access to over 100 chat rooms where like-minded individuals are brought together. This includes anything from vegetarian and vegan recipes to photography.  

5. Get involved

The virtual onboarding week experience is designed to provide interns with knowledge on Geotab’s culture, pillars of innovation, products, departments and teams. During this time, you have the opportunity to ask questions, team up with your peers and participate in activities. Make the most of this week by joining in on discussions and building relationships with team members.

 

See also: Advice for your first week as a Geotab intern

6. Learning sessions

At Geotab, we believe learning is a lifelong venture. We encourage employees to learn new skills to reach their career goals. There are various learning sessions for interns to support career development, build professional skills and discover networking strategies. 

7. Social activities and networking events

Geotab hosts various social networking events for students to connect with other Geotabbers. This includes speaker panels, coffee chats and team-building activities.

 

In May 2020, the Campus Team organized a murder mystery event. The participants were provided a story about a murder and worked together (or separately) to solve the mystery. Everyone is welcome to partake in these virtual game nights!

Geotab is growing fast and is often looking for current or former interns when making hiring decisions.

 

Want to learn more about our internship program? Check out our open internship positions on our Careers site. For the latest Geotab news, photos and career updates, follow @InsideGeotab on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


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