Dear Future C2C Intern,
Congratulations and welcome to the experience of a lifetime! And truly, welcome. You should be very proud of yourself. It has not been an easy journey, but you have been resilient. In a way, you might even consider yourself lucky – but, as Seneca put it, luck is simply when preparedness meets opportunity. So consider yourself prepared, and remember to make the most out of this exciting opportunity!
I know how you must be feeling. Anxious, nervous, uncertain, excited. It’s normal, I promise. As a previous C2C intern, I can relate to all your worries and emotions. In fact, I felt the same way, and I am here to tell you that you have nothing to worry about. I still remember my first day, walking into Majestic and thinking, “I am in way over my head.” But I also remember looking to my right to see my intern manager smile and genuinely ask me how my morning was. This is because Vanguard cares about each individual crew member and views all of its crew members as a long term investment. The vibes of genuineness and integrity that you got during your interview process? Totally real. Everyone wants to help you, whether just to guide you to your cubicle or to give you career advice.
You may have never worked for a company like Vanguard, and that is okay. If I could give one piece of advice to myself when I started, I wish I was more receptive to learning from the start. Don’t be afraid to ask questions: about your projects, about Vanguard, anything! In my first couple of days, I learned that Vanguard has a very acronym-driven environment. Random acronyms were thrown around like BV@SS, CLI, SMA, and a ton of others. When you are not sure what these mean, the conversation is useless and very hard to follow. I started understanding so much more when I asked what each acronym meant. Life is a journey, and you must never stop learning or developing. It can be uncomfortable and scary at first but remember that growth and comfort never co-exist. Always try to seek the opportunities instead of hiding behind the fear of failing.
This is a big opportunity to expand your network – there are other interns with different backgrounds and experiences than you, and now is your time to learn from them. Perhaps the most daunting aspect when starting was that I knew all of these people surrounding me were just as qualified as me, so leverage this knowledge all around you and form relationships. Try to meet up with anyone you want to get to know better for lunch or outside of work. This is not only a great chance to make new friends and network, but it is also a great way to relax and de-stress. Meet up with other Crew members too. Managers, VSP alums, and even senior leaders are more than happy to spend time with you to help you learn more about their careers and whether Vanguard is right for you. Make it a goal to reach out and make meaningful relationships with the people around you this summer!
Hold on tight because the summer will bring high and low tides. Just remember to be in the present. Embrace the now. You’re the captain of your own ship, so start Vanguarding.
A Previous C2C Intern