One of the biggest things that I stressed about myself when I was first applying for this internship was that I am a team player. When I say this, I mean that I’m willing to do whatever it takes to be successful, or, in this case, contribute to the overall success of Indium Corporation. When a team comes together, and everybody does their own individual job to the best of their ability, that is how you achieve this kind of success. Teamwork.
I acquired this sense of teamwork from playing football for St. Lawrence University. Every time we walk into our locker room, we touch a shield that has, “Do Your Job,” written on it. We take these three words very seriously. Whether a player is a starter, a scout team player, or even just on special teams, each one has their individual job that is just as important as the others.
Accountability has to be stressed in a sport like football, but also needs to be present in the workplace. We are accountable for more than just our performance on the field or at work. Accountability off the field comes in the form of getting school work done, studying for exams, eating healthy, lifting weights, getting enough sleep, and essentially taking care of our biggest asset; our body. As one can guess, this can get to be too much at times. This is where camaraderie between teammates becomes a saving grace. It’s through this struggle and grind that these strong bonds between teammates form; because everyone has success on their minds.
It is clear why having these values of accountability, camaraderie, and effort in the workplace are important. In the grand scheme of things, we are a team at Indium Corporation, and we need everybody here working on the same page in order to achieve the company’s goals.
All of these different principles and attributes boil down to essentially one facet, which is written in big, bright red lettering on our locker room wall; “ALWAYS TAKE CARE OF THE TEAM.”
I truly believe that I would not have this work ethic if I had not played football for St. Lawrence University, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity that I was given. I know that these characteristics will help shape who I am as I embark on my professional career.