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Your Office Might be Boring, Unless there are Some Latinos, Here’s Why

Working in an office with where the majority of employees are Latinos is… kind of the best work environment imaginable. With mariachis in the office, jokes you can finally tell in Spanish and the food, work feels more like a cousin’s birthday party than actual work because…

It Starts with the Saludo

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You can’t get away with running to your desk and pretending you don’t see everyone…that’ll get you the death stare, like the one mom gave you when you didn’t say hi to aaaall your tías y tíos.

…Y Se Saluda de Beso

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Waving just doesn’t cut it. You greet your coworkers as you would your Tía Chata.

Like Family Parties, Conference Rooms are Themed

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In this case, the theme is chile. There’s Tapatío, Tajín, Tabasco, Cholula, Valentina, on and on and on…

READ: #GrowingUpHispanic Means VapoRub, Walter Mercado, Chanclas, and So Much Cleaning

The Wall Art is Anything but Standard

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No boring corporate art here.

The Kitchen is the Heart of the Office

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The pantry is just like the one at abuelita’s house.

READ: Tortilla Loving, Salsa Dancing and Other Signs Your Dog Is Latino

So is the Kitchen Cantina

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It doesn’t stop there. Every executive office has a stocked mini bar.

The Smells During Lunchtime are Like…

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Because everyone brings home-cooked meals enchiladas, mofongo, even ceviche. None of that basic sandwich sh*t.

Everyone. Is. So. Loud.

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And this includes carcajadas at all hours of the day because the jokes are nonstop.

You’re Never Sure What Language People are Speaking

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One minute it’s English, then it switches to Spanish, then Spanglish and before the conversation’s over you’re hearing words you never knew existed. Does anyone know what chincual means? ?

Cursing is a Natural Thing

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No one gasps or bleeps you out when you say guey, pinche or ch*ngado, because there really is no replacement for those words.

There’s Always a Reason to Celebrate

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And mariachis in the office are not a rare occurrence.

All-hands Go a Little Something Like This…

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We get PUMPED.

Basically, it’s one big party and we still get sh*t done.

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Here Are 21 Tips To Make Sure You Make The Most Out Of Your Internship Whether Or Not It’s Paid

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Here Are 21 Tips To Make Sure You Make The Most Out Of Your Internship Whether Or Not It’s Paid

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If you’ve landed your first internship, you are probably feeling a mix of emotions. If you’re lucky, this will be the first paying job in your industry that you’ve landed. If not, you may be working an unpaid internship, which can still pay off in connections and experience. Here are a few tips to help you make the most out of your internship.

1. Do Your Homework

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Chances are, you’ve probably already done some homework on your company just to land your internship.  However, before your first day, take a deep dive. Read news articles about your company. If you know who they are, add and check out your new boss on LinkedIn. Have the most information you can about the company’s business and culture.

2. Dress the Part

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The old adage says to dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Don’t be shy about asking your contact (probably someone in HR) what the dress code of the office is, and follow it. Remember – just because everyone else can break the rules and wear jeans on a Tuesday doesn’t mean you should. Don’t overdo it either – the goal of choosing your outfits should generally be to blend in.

3. Make a Good First Impression

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When you first meet your new coworkers, be friendly and approachable. Shake hands. Use your manners that your mom no doubt taught you.

4. Show Up on Time

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This goes without saying, but as an intern, you should always be on time. If you have to be late, fess up honestly and professionally. Send your boss a polite, professional email with your estimated time of arrival. Don’t even think about saying that your grandma died, the cab crashed, or the bus was late. Apologize and be there as soon as possible.

5. Treat it Like a Real Job

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Even if you aren’t getting paid, you need to treat your internship like it’s your first real job. First of all, it is. Second of all, if you show great work ethic, creativity, skills, and the ability to work efficiently in a team, it may become your first real job. At a minimum, you’ll rack up lots of people who will be happy to give you a reference.

6. Clarify Your Responsibilities

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Meet with your boss early and often to discuss exactly what your job responsibilities are. You want to be productive and as helpful as possible, and clarifying your role and responsibilities will help you make sure you aren’t spending your days bored out of your mind, or over your head.

7. Listen, Listen Listen

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Take a cue from Lin Manuel Miranda and talk less, smile more. While you shouldn’t be afraid to speak up at the right time, internships are all about learning. Listen to your coworkers, and learn as much as you can.

8. Ask Good Questions

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Listening well pays off. If you are listening, you will be better able to ask thoughtful questions. Asking questions is a great time to get clarification, but also show that you have been listening and learning.

9. Follow Office Etiquette

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Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the way an office runs. Not sure who gets the front parking spots? Ask. Not sure if the donuts in the break room are fair game. Don’t be afraid to ask – you may save yourself some cringe-worthy embarrassing moments.

10. Be Easy To Work With

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Everyone gets it – work can suck sometimes, especially if you are at the bottom of the totem pole. However, if you are negative all the time, no one will want to work with you and your internship will likely be a dud. Try to be positive and helpful, and leave the personal drama at home.

11. Don’t be Afraid to Do a Little Dirty Work

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While hopefully, your internship doesn’t read like a script from “Horrible Bosses,” don’t be above fetching coffee or other things that may be outside of what you think you should be doing. However, if your bosses’ behavior crosses into harassment or abuse, speak to HR.

12. Proofread Your Work

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Nothing will make you want to stab yourself in the eye or bang your head against a desk than sending a poorly worded email to, say, the entire office. Be careful about hitting that “reply all” button, and read everything over once before you hit send. Don’t put anything in writing that you wouldn’t want the entire company (or the company’s clients) to read.

13. Ask for Feedback

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Schedule regular check-ins with your boss. Ask to adjust your responsibilities if you want to take on more work. Accept any criticism with grace, and work on a plan to improve.

14. Find a Mentor

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This can take time, but find someone who you can click with to be your mentor. Mentors are invaluable in their ability to steer you in the right direction and the beginning of your career and many will stay with you after your internship is over.

15. Ask for More Work

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If you aren’t busy enough, check in with your boss and ask for more work. Don’t be a huge pest to your coworkers, however. Check-in, but don’t be a nuisance. If your department doesn’t have anything for you at the moment, ask if you can shadow someone in another department. Knowing how all aspects of a company works is valuable.

16. Read Industry Publications

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Read trade magazines, blogs, and other publications. This will help you feel less clueless if you are included in meetings or asked to work on projects. Knowing industry-standard terms of art can help you get by, but don’t be afraid to ask what someone is or means if you don’t understand.

17. Attend Training Sessions

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Many companies offer free lectures, seminars, or lunchtime training sessions. Take advantage of every one of these you can. Not only will it help you get to know your current company, but it will also give you experience and knowledge you can add to your résumé.

18. Be Social

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It goes without saying that networking is one of the most critical parts of an internship. Getting to know people and making positive impressions leads to references and jobs. Make sure to attend office social events like happy hours, parties, and retreats if at all possible. Keep it professional though.

19. Stay Off Social Media

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Like it or not, there is a stereotype for millennials that they are glued to their phones. Defy the stereotype. Check your phone on breaks, but don’t be glued to your phone, even if your coworkers are. Stay focused and attentive to your job.

20.  Ask for References

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Before you leave your internship, capitalize on all your hard work by asking your boss and coworkers if you can use them as a reference, and what contact information is best. Consider asking one or two people for a letter of reference to add to your files.

21. Reflect on Your Experience

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This is an incredibly important part of your internship. If you found that you hated every moment of your internship, consider exploring a different type of job in the same field. Consider what things you did like, and didn’t and seek out opportunities that best fit your skills and passion.


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Here Are Some Memes That Will Help You Make It Through The First Day Back At Work After The Holidays

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Here Are Some Memes That Will Help You Make It Through The First Day Back At Work After The Holidays

As fun and relaxing as holiday vacations can be, it eventually has to come to an end and that’s the hardest part. So if you’re struggling on your first day back to work, you’re not alone.

Going from a relaxing, week long holiday vacation to your first day back at work is a huge mood changer.


You might try to play it off and pretend that you’re totally fine, but truth is you feel like this kid:

I feel this kid’s pain.

This long and dreadful day starts with trying to wake up in the morning.

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You have to set 9+ alarms because you already know you’re going to be pressing that snooze button come the morning.

And you can’t get any work done without some caffeine in your system.

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I had to get an extra shot in my coffee in order to stay awake.

But even with some coffee, you’re just not mentally prepared to be productive and get your work done.

It’s brain fart after brain fart all day long.

The day seems to go by *extra* slow and you keep checking the time, counting down the minutes to go home.

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The longest hour is after lunch when you’re at your food coma peak.

But you have to remind yourself that you’ll be okay and it’s a new year, so it’s time to hustle hard and slay away.

Yassss, WERK!


READ: When You Attend College Away From Home, This Is What Happens When You Return To Your Parent’s House For The Holidays


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