Just two days ago, we said good bye to our second batch of interns, mainly design students from nearby TAR University College (Setapak). It has been more than a year that we’ve moved into our new office and it was a challenge for us to take up 9 interns all at once! Talk about loads of internship tasks and scheduling!
Being interns myself N-years ago, I totally understood how an intern feels when they apply and interview for a company. I am sure most of you heard stories about how interns were being used as “slaves” in companies, performing tasks from design to making coffee. Not sure bout cleaning toilets but when I was interning, I remembered being given the task to organize the company’s renovation process – Very out of my job scope but in hindsight, they were amazing experiences that I now glad to have.
Internship was a time of learning, discovering various possibilities other than what I was studying.
Hence, from day 1 of getting interns to work at The Adverts, we agreed that we shall not force them to perform every single design tasks available in the list. We wanted you guys to discover your true talent and get a clearer view of what you really want upon graduation.
I personally applaud my partner, CEO/Chief Business Strategist, Jeffrey Wan for doing a great job at creating programmes to be developed/handled by our interns. From there, we get a better understanding of each interns strength, and of course weakness. With that sort of analysis done, following tasks will be given to interns accordingly – because we believe that you can only excel when you are doing what you are best in. We do not necessarily need an all-rounder, but if you are good at a skill or two, I am sure you can make a name out of it, provided that you are determined enough! 😉
Having that said, it means there will be a possibility that certain interns will need to perform more tasks than the others. Please do not get frustrated when there are too much to complete as they prepare you for the future; Do not get demotivated too, when you have less to do and more time to Facebook as it might be a way for you to realize maybe this is not the path for you. Either way, they both serve a purpose:
Discovering and making the right choice.
Being an engineering graduate myself, I know how important it is to be given the chance and meeting the right people at the right time. So, our main motto of having interns: To enhance the talent you have within and to also guide you to the right path – not just designs, but copywriting, photography, marketing, business planning or (possibly) an entrepreneur.
Internship is truly the best time for you to re-discover opportunities as you won’t be punished for making errors. We hope you guys enjoyed the internship and it wasn’t a waste of time for you at The Adverts 🙂 Thank you all for the hard work. We do appreciate it a lot!
Last but not least, good luck in your future endeavors and please do not hesitate to talk to us if you are at career crossroads: we may not know EVERYTHING, but I am sure that we can tell you what sort of crap we’ve got ourselves into so you can be more prepared before leaping entirely into this crazy world of advertising!