Filmmaker Nancy Meyers has been known for showcasing several romantic-comedy movies such as Something’s Gotta Give, The Parent Trap and The Holiday. We have always loved how she makes us feel happy and sad, and end up with smiles on our faces after watching her films. What’s even better is that we get lessons out of them and actually apply them in our lives.
Her latest film, The Intern starring Anne Hathaway and Robert de Niro, is a story the revolves around a 70-year-old retiree, Ben Whittaker (de Niro) who tired of his same old boring routine, takes up a Senior Citizen Internship Program in Jules Osten’s (Hathaway) company. Ben Whittaker is later assigned to Jules Osten’s office, and even though their age and thought differences made it hard for them to actually get along, Whittaker’s likeable attitude helps him become Osten’s confidante. Later on, their work relationship blossoms into a beautiful friendship where they are able to help each other in facing their personal problems regarding marriage, work and family.
The Intern is one film from which we can surely get life lessons from, especially for the youth who are planning to take an internship program in a company. Let me share with you some of these lessons while trying my best not to reveal too much from the movie.
Age Is Just A Number
There have always been different stereotypes when it comes to age. When you’re young, people look at you as somebody who doesn’t have enough experience, a rookie, and naive – somebody who can easily be manipulated. When you’re old, people look at you as somebody who doesn’t know how to use technology, is traditional and old-fashioned and cannot generate fresh ideas. Just like in the movie The Intern, where Jules thought that Ben was only going to make things slow-moving. What most people fail to realize is that there’s always going to be something that we can learn from these people, whether young or old, and that it will always come in handy when it comes to work. As much as we can get new ideas and innovations from young individuals, we can also learn a lot from the wisdom that thevelders have to offer.
Eventually, both of the characters in the movie are able to see that there are a lot of things that they have learned from each other – from making right decisions at work and home, to the steps in putting up a Facebook page. In this case, all that we need to do is open our minds to the possibility that different generations have their own stories to tell, own knowledge to share, and own experiences where we can all benefit from.
Friendship Makes Everything Easier
Being an intern is being one-step closer to the world of salaries, employments and everything else in between, and just thinking about these can make a greenhorn feel thrilled as well as terrified of the imminent future. Thinking about and performing at work is already stressful; but we can all agree that having friends in the workplace make everything happier and a little less tough. Making friends with your employer and co-worker make it easier for everybody to communicate, contribute ideas, and share thoughts about work. In the movie, when Jules stopped being too uptight to her subordinates, their workplace became lighter, more productive and healthier. Ben was also able to give Jules the advice that she needs to help her manage her workload well. Friendship also breaks the tension in the already stressful environment in the office.
Initiate and Impress
The moment you step into the office is the same moment you should start seeing your internship as a real job. This is going to be the start of your career. The result of your internship program will reflect on how your future employers will view you as a future employee. If you’re looking into getting good feedback and recommendations, and the possibility of being absorbed in the company, take the initiative and impress.
You will be judged according to what you are delivering to your employers. As much as Jules hesitated in trusting Ben because of his age, he proved himself to everybody that even though he didn’t know a lot when it came to technology, he could contribute in so many things using the knowledge that he already had. Because of this, he was able to change how Jules once thought of him, and was even given more tasks to do.
What they initially think of you wouldn’t matter when you start taking the initiative to change their views of you. So always give your best, even if it’s just an internship program. You’ll never know what lessons you’ll get from it.