Summer vacation for 2010, is coming to an end, and so has my internship with the Pocono Raceway. Spending my summer completing an internship was the best and most constructive use of time for my vacation away from classes. Not to mention I gained valuable work experience, and better insight into what life is like in the real world.
Pocono Raceway was a great place to spend my summer vacation, because it is a popular tourist destination, therefore it made interning more exciting. During my time spent at the Pocono Raceway I was able to see, learn, and understand what it takes to make business operate smoothly.
As for my individual tasks I spent a great deal of my work day taking ticket sales along with interacting personally with customers to make sure their visit to the Pocono Raceway was an enjoyable one. During the race weeks at Pocono Raceway as with any major event or function the office became much busier, which brought more tasks that needed completion and I assisted anywhere that I could help.
I feel that having the opportunity to work one on one with customers of the Pocono Raceway gave me a great deal of experience in interacting with the public in a professional manner. No matter what track I take in my professional career at one point or another I will have to interact with the general public and thanks to the Pocono Raceway I had hands on experience early on. Also during race week when the office became busier than a normal weekday, it showed me how to work productively under pressure. There were plenty of orders and customers to help, along with other tasks that needed to be taken care of within the office. Thanks to this busy period during race weeks I learned how to prioritize what tasks should be done first, and what could wait.
This summer vacation at the Pocono Raceway was a very valuable one, in terms of gaining invaluable work experience. If you have not already or once you begin your college career I would strongly recommend looking into obtaining an internship. I began my first internship my sophomore year at Wilkes University, and I am currently entering into my junior year. It really is never too early to start. Plus the career opportunity office at Wilkes University is very helpful and guides you every step of the way. While interning you learn a great deal about what you enjoy, plus find new interests that you would like to pursue. It helps to clarify what direction you want to take your education for your career path. Wilkes University definitely assists you in finding what enjoy from the classroom, to helping you obtain internships that are beneficial to your education and future.