Enter the Intern
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Having recently graduated, I don’t have the relevant work experience to apply for the jobs I want. South Africa’s unemployment rate is currently at a 12 year high, and so, unsurprisingly, months went by without signs of work opportunities.
Understanding this current economic climate, I knew that I would need to knock down doors - instead of graciously waiting for them to be opened for me.
This drive brought me to UNO Digital’s offices, where Jason was kind enough to introduce himself, and I promptly asked for an internship possibility.
Two days later Mel and Stephen called me in for a “chat”. I was so confused; what does a chat even mean? Is it an interview? How prepared do I need to be? When I showed up to the “chat” Stephen was wearing flip-flops and a T-shirt with a rainbow pooping whale. I had no idea what to expect. All previous interviews were so formal; I was very unfamiliar with this indifference, yet, super excited for the opportunity.
My first week of my internship was challenging – I wasn’t used to their comfortable company culture; but this is also what makes them so great.
They have inspired me to embrace my youth and who I am, as well as to never be limited by the knowledge I don’t have – because, what I don’t know I can still learn.
During my internship, I want to observe and learn as much as I can about the industry and their clients’ projects. I hope to become so comfortable with the programmes they use, to one day run campaigns independently as successfully as they do.
It is a blessing to work with such an amazing team of friendly and talented people who encourage each other to become the best they can be.
I am excited and grateful to work among these people who will help me grow and push myself past my limits.