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Tuesday, March 28, 2023
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INTERN SAYS: “DOESN’T MEAN I AM YOUNG YOU CAN TALK TO ME RUDELY”

Interning now at a corporate company.

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A non-executive staff saw me on the first day and started to talk to other colleagues about my appearance as a student.

After she went about that, she also started to talk to me rudely, criticising me and yelling at me many times.

I would often give in and do what she asks of me when she yells at me. She would then proudly tell everyone else that yelling made me obedient. One other colleague sided me and advised her not to do it, but I still continued to be picked on by her. I tried to tell my boss what happened but I would be ghosted and avoided immediately.

What should I do?

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Here are what netizens think:

  • You can inform your school or lecturer about the situation. I can understand if you are being told off if you make a mistake. However, being yelled at for no reason is bullying. Please tell your senior to talk to you nicely, you don’t deserve such¬†treatment. Stop her from yelling at you, she will just make it worse. Workplace bullies enjoyed silent preys. Be strong! Learn how to protect yourself.
  • Actually just tell her off. She can’t do anything about it. Cos you are an intern only. If she yells, u can yell louder. If anyone asks, say u thought she is hard of hearing because she yells all the time, so u were just being considerate
  • Learn to suck it up. You may not believe it but yelling also happens at management levels. An internship is only temporary. In working life, you just plan your exit strategy accordingly.
  • Of course it’s not ok to be bullied but when I was an intern more than a decade ago (when the old birds are more moronic), there were such seniors who thought they were really entitled to ill-treat interns. Deep inside, I knew they were ill-mannered¬†and we cant change the way they look at us at first. That’s their bloody problem. If you can, don’t get frightened and step up. We always have room for improvement. Improve your body language: strong eye contact, pull up your shoulders, straight posture, stand firm, keep your breathing slow and steady, firm tone when you speak. I also forced myself to speed up my learning at the job, make sure I’m proactive, efficient and after sometime, your capability can change people’s opinion. Always keep in mind, that you can only be a better version of yourself so you won’t have to be treated the same way in the future. Please stay strong dear!
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