My name is Alessia and I am a second year Business and HR Management student. In this blog, I will describe my experience as an Intern in the 2018 Business and Law Intern programme and all the great things I took out of it.
So, if you are curious and want to know more, keep reading: you won’t regret it!
I remember it was January 2018, I had just come over to the UK to start university and I was full of enthusiasm and energy. I wanted to get involved in everything and take the most out of any potential new opportunity. With this spirit, I decided to apply to the Intern programme and after one year and a half I can surely say it was the best choice I could have ever made.
The programme gave me a lot! I think I have developed both personally and professionally thanks to the great opportunities I was offered. I had the chance of taking part in various training led by professionals aiming at enhancing my soft skills, such as leadership, communications, teamwork and critical thinking. I now feel more confident in my abilities and without being involved in the programme, maybe, I would have still been shy to speak in front of an audience or scared to take the lead if necessary.
Moreover, I was assigned a Business Mentor matching his skills against the ones I wanted to develop throughout the programme. It is great! In fact, I set objectives with him in our first meeting and he helped me to reach my desired goals and develop the skills I was weak at. Despite the 2018 Intern programme finishing with the Award Ceremony last November, I am today still in contact with my mentor as we established an amazing professional working relationship. He offered me the chance to do an internship in the company he works with starting this May, which is great, isn’t it?
A great advantage of being part of the Intern team is that we gain a lot of work experience thanks to the opportunity of working with the Faculty of Business and Law in many events such as Open Days. It did increase my employability skills and it is also something valuable to put on my CV.
As you can see, if you are willing to learn and improve yourself making an extra effort, you are going to get a lot in return. This is what I did: I took any opportunity I was offered over the last months thinking that anything left, is left forever and even though, being students, we do need to prioritise our studies and make sure to have a work-life balance, we should also take the most out of our university experience.
This is my philosophy and it did pay off at the end as I was awarded Intern of the Year 2018! It was a great satisfaction both for myself and for my family who are proud of me and I was glad to make them happy and proud of their daughter!
I hope to have given you an insight into the Intern programme and my experience. I strongly suggest the programme to anyone seeking new opportunities to challenge themselves. If you want to know a bit more about what I am currently doing as a Senior Intern, read my next blog...