Makie Wangoi is a recent Marketing graduate from Richmond: the American University in London and is currently on a month internship with Hire Space.
By Makie Wangoi
When sitting in a comfortable library, with protective books piled around you, getting a graduate job can seem like quite an easy task. This was the naïve me just a couple of months ago, however getting on a graduate career is much more challenging.
As a recent graduate, the cards were not decked in my favor, so with the low graduate-work transition rate I took the initiative to further understand and establish my footing through internship experiences, before launching myself into the shark tank of the real business world. Not that a lot of the blogs and posts on internships give one much hope for the jobs that are out there. It can be discouraging to read and hear about some of the crazy intern experiences that others have faced; like unpaid 40 hours mail room clerk or a personal profile commentator and picture tagger to your boss’ infinitely ‘interesting life’.
“Finally, in September, either Lady Luck was on my side or the stars were aligned right that day (hopefully a bit of all my hard work paid off too), I got an e-mail for an interview with Hire Space and I landed the job.”
Let’s face it, in this economy no one has it easy, so after several trying months where I just about ate and breathed job sites daily and checked for an opportunity that interested me. Finally, in September, either Lady Luck was on my side or the stars were aligned right that day (hopefully a bit of all my hard work paid off too), I got an e-mail for an interview with Hire Space and I landed the job.
On the first day at Hire Space, an innovative online start-up, like most I was skeptical. I’d heard the stories of young graduates being misled, being lured with excitement and ending up with tea making and making good friends with the photocopying machine. It was not as I expected, this was not one of those jobs.
From the beginning my manager (who happens to be the co-founder), took the time to help me get well acquainted with how the company databases and online accounts function, he then provided me with some coaching tips to sharpen my sales pitch and guidance with the best tools for marketing and SEO, which allowed me to make a real contribution that impacted the company. As an intern, I did not expect this high level responsibility, nevertheless, I was happy at the opportunity to further my experience of the ‘real’ working world.
“I am so grateful that I walked into such a dynamic work environment that was supportive, the team has been amazing and always open to my endless questions, and that has helped me develop skills in my areas of interest, from sales to marketing.”
With my time at Hire Space coming to an end, I can honestly say I have enjoyed the work I have been doing. I am so grateful that I walked into such a dynamic work environment that was supportive, the team has been amazing and always open to my endless questions, and that has helped me develop skills in my areas of interest, from sales to marketing. From day one, I assisted registered clients with their inquiries, made direct sales calls to new and prospective clients and marketed the company through social media networking.
I would seriously recommend investing time in an internship as a great learning opportunity to experience and pave your career path, however I think it is equally important to ensure that when choosing your internship you choose it with the right company, set out what you want to achieve and find the company and role that will let you do so. For me this was a start-up company, being in the position to incorporate a massive breadth of knowledge and contribute to the makings of a grass roots organization is far beyond the realms of what mega-corporations or gelato business could offer, and what’s more it is a vote of confidence for the aspiring passionate entrepreneur to take on the real world.
Class of 2013 – Get a head start and search for Internships that can open the doors to an amazing opportunity after graduation! Start searching.