What strikes you most about your workplace?
I think the thing that strikes me most would have to be how relaxed they all are, and how comfortable everyone is in the space and around each other. There are no business suits or large conference rooms or sad assistants. Instead, there's a total of approximately seven people populating a small office space with creaking couches and a small cozy meeting room. There is art hung up on the walls, and an Apple TV radio station playing throughout the day with calm pop music as the main genre. In fact, today the radio station kept playing Khalid and they kept trying to switch it, but it just wouldn't budge from his album.
What strikes you most about your colleagues?
My colleagues are all so kind and relaxed. None are in tight suits or have uptight personalities, but instead are warm and greet you in the space when you arrive. It feels as if I'm already surrounded by people who care about me, even if they don't. I feel very comfortable around all of them, and they like to make jokes and mess around with each other throughout the day which makes it even easier to restful and at ease. I don't feel as though I must constantly be stressed to stay on top of my work, and they in fact ask me if the work I have is too much or too little. They are very considerate and work well in each other's company.
What strikes you most about the job you're doing?
I didn't know how much went into social media management, and how real people truly were working on it. I always assumed that either the CEO or whoever was in charge of the brand took care of the social media platforms, or hired one person to do it. Instead, a whole third party company is hired, and the brand is considered a client. It's odd to now know how automated and artificial it could be, but isn't. Everyone has a few clients that they work closest with, and they seem to manage their social media platforms. There's also software that allows us to check what we need to respond to or address. I also didn't realize how mundane it can be if you don't have fun with it. Honestly, what you're doing is responding to comments, liking posts, following up on marketing strategies, and checking in on different social platforms for the brand - at least those are my main tasks as an intern.
What are you excited about?
I am most excited to continue to work here and gain relationship with the people around me. I'm also looking forward to getting more responsibilities as I keep working here, and being able to provide more for the company by contributing more ideas, research, and content.
What are you worried about?
I am worried that I won't lean in as easy and will have a hard time fitting into the atmosphere here. I don't think I will, as I already feel more and more comfortable with every passing minute, but I think I still have the fear of being an outsider through this whole thing as a background thought. Overall, the only thing I feel I should be nervous about is my internship project, as I'm still not positive what I want to focus on.
A month long course that allows the student intern to gain experience in the work environment of their choice, as well as complete a project while collaborating with their mentor.