When I first read my Contract which mentioned that I would be part of the Changemakers Talent Development Program (CTDP), I laughed to myself. Few questions came to my mind, “What is this Company going to do?”. “Changemakers?”, “Will this Company really help improve newly-hired interns?”, so on and so forth. I was at first reluctant to join the CTDP Huddle as well. I did not trust the aim of the Program at all. However, after joining the CTDP Huddle a few times, I understood the importance of it. I could see the impact this Program and Company were trying to make. When I understood the Program, I did not doubt or question anything anymore. I trusted the process. The CTDP Huddle seemed extremely fun after that.
To me, when I think of CTDP, I think of ‘Communication’. Due to the pandemic, face-to-face communication has become almost zero. There is no interaction or exchange of words as often as before. We cannot meet everyone at the office. Hence, CTDP has helped fill that gap between the interns, although we meet once a week through ZOOM. Without CTDP, I think none of us would be communicating with each other. (IF only, we are able to communicate with our seniors more) I hold a position of a Human Resource Intern, I am lucky enough to onboard all newly-hired interns (in particular) every month. Also, I have the opportunity to communicate with them due to the role I possess at this Company. In fact, I have communicated with everyone in the Company. However, not everyone is as lucky as I am. Other interns from other departments do not have those kinds of opportunities to get to know each other. Hence, CTDP is a good avenue to bridge the gap between the interns. If you were to ask me my thoughts about the whole Program and its impact, I would say that it is an excellent Program due to the reason I have mentioned above. Besides that, the interns have a chance to discuss certain topics and voice their opinions freely without being criticized and lashed upon. In other words, freedom of speech and expression are allowed here. None of us have to worry about the consequences of speaking our minds. Most importantly, we are heard. Hence, these are my thoughts on how CTDP has portrayed itself to be and the impact it has had upon interns like me.
I recently received the opportunity to handle One-to-One Sessions with newly hired interns. The aim of this session is to understand the intern better, understand the intern’s concerns, go through a personality assessment that the intern had taken beforehand, and support the intern if he/she requires help. I had the chance to speak to three interns, respectively.
The sessions went absolutely well. From those sessions, I derived the following outcomes:
To them, this was a session to help improve themselves in the future and to also understand how this Company works as well. Personally, I felt a little overwhelmed due to the emotions I received from them. There was a lot of trust and cooperation from the interns’ side. They chose me as the person they wanted to speak to as they felt comfortable speaking to me. The emotions I received from them are the best feelings and experiences for me.
The main challenges I faced were:
Now, all those challenges I mentioned above are no more challenges. I realized that I had to put in the necessary effort and hard work to overcome those challenges, if not they will forever remain as challenges. Hence, I pushed myself to read the Company website, watch Youtube videos, follow Instagram, Facebook, and Linkedin pages. I made sure I also understood the purpose of each software/database, the Company’s culture, the tasks assigned (by asking questions), and of course, CTDP. The learning process somehow became very easy after that. I stopped giving excuses to and for myself. I looked forward to each day.
Thus, due to overcoming those challenges, the opportunities I gained from there were:
The best way for me to state my learning experiences are as follows:
1. Do not be afraid to learn something new.
2. Always seek help when you are lost.
3. Practice makes perfect.
Be kind and respectful to others. Being perfect in your work is insufficient to achieve success. If you are not kind, polite, and respectful to others, what is the point of achieving success? People will remember you for your attitude and kind deeds more than anything else. If you want to make a mark in this world, make sure you know how to be kind and respectful towards others. Never look down on anyone because you never know who is going to sign your paycheck in a few years’ time. Never intimidate or embarrass anyone. Never yell or shout at anyone. Everything can be communicated nicely and discussed in a respectful manner. Think before you speak. Always apologize if you have made a mistake, no matter what position you hold in a Company/Organization, etc. Apologizing will not make you any lower. However, if you ever feel you have been wronged in any way, speak up and respect yourself first.