Today marks my 29th day at Pythian, an IT company that specialises in data management and cloud services. As I grab a bowl of cereal from the office’s café and head towards my cubicle, I cannot help but appreciate how much I’ve grown since the beginning of my internship.
I still remember how difficult it was to contain my excitement on the first day. I learned that my task was to gamify the company’s onboarding process and that I had complete freedom in deciding how to do so. After being onboarded myself, sitting through my first stand-up meeting (oops!) and getting a feel for the office life, I drafted a formal project proposal and went to work.
For me, “work” meant organising a virtual tour system with telepresence robots and creating a QR code scavenger hunt. Without the constant support of my supervisors, the mentorship of several co-op students and the comical relief provided by a fellow SHAD intern, I doubt I would have been able to tackle these rather ambitious goals of mine.
As I get ready to wrap up my projects and head back to school, I realise how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to work in a tech company alongside such an amazing group of people.