Sometimes we forget the internet is full to the brim with opportunity. Many of these opportunities might not be found in the most obvious places.
In 2019, I wanted to learn more about marketing, so I Googled the words “marketing agency in Toronto”.
I clicked on the first few places that popped up that weren’t ads, and I emailed them the following message: I am a student studying design, and I would love to spend my summer learning and interning at your agency. Here is my portfolio. Please email me back if you need an extra hand in your project work. I would love to work with you for free.
Of the 4 places I emailed (yes, just 4), I heard back from 1.
I worked with that organization for a summer. Here’s what I got from it:
1. Exposure to a different network of people and organizations
2. Exposure to an industry different from what I was used to
3. Experience in marketing, writing emails, and making presentations for other people.
Though I got paid absolutely nothing, I learned more about the working world and how people think about getting their work done. It was more than I could ever ask for from 3 months of work.
From that experience, I learned that most opportunities aren’t on places like job boards or LinkedIn. You just have to make them yourself.