Gaining work experience during your studies is pivotal for getting to know what you want professionally, and to get to know yourself. However, during times of covid-19 it can be hard to find an internship. Let alone getting to know your colleagues if you do find one. According to intern Anna there is nothing to worry about: “I feel part of a team”.
After graduating high school, Anna moved from her small town to the city of Bonn to pursue a bachelor in Economics. “I’m interested in behavioral economics: what are people’s incentives to act? I wanted to do an internship because my studies mostly focus on theory. I wanted to find an internship that allowed me to explore what I could do next. Do I want to be a consultant, or go into sales?”
What Anna did know, is that she wanted to work with Salesforce, “Because it has multiple options. It doesn’t get boring.” But then Corona hit, and she didn’t really know what to do. It turned out to be quite a challenge to find a suitable internship. Luckily, she found out about Nextview. “I quickly wrote them an email and soon after that I was on the phone with them. They were happy to have me!” They started to outline Anna’s goals for the internship. “How can I bring in my knowledge and learn something at the same time? So it’s a win win!”
“At all stages, even before my first day, I felt part of the team.”
Working from home
Before Anna started her internship at Nextview, she was a little bit worried about how the work-from-home experience would be. Fortunately, there was no need for that. “At all stages, even before my first day, I felt part of the team. I have a mentor who I can turn to at all times. She invited me to a women’s event from Salesforce before I even started. And I got flowers and a welcome card on my first day. I could have never imagined that an employer would do that. It was a relief!”
And the work itself? “The culture at Nextview is very honest and open. I feel that I know what I’m doing, that I’m in a good place. I’m definitely not the intern that brings the coffee. Although that’s not even possible working remotely, haha. I get a lot of responsibilities and to me that’s the best feedback. I know that my colleagues appreciate my work. It gives me confidence, especially when working remotely.”
Anna found a clever way to get to know her colleagues while working from home. “In the beginning I had a lot of ‘e-coffees’, just to get to know my colleagues.” Nevertheless, there’s nothing like meeting your colleagues in person. “Next week we are going to Frankfurt. We’ll work together during the day and go out in the evening. For the first time I’m meeting my colleagues! Personal contact is so important, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
“It’s not just for my CV. I do it for me, for my personal growth. And Nextview gives me the space to grow.”
It’s not hard to find motivation on a daily basis. “I really like to go to work everyday. I can actually have an impact. It’s not just for my CV. I do it for me, for my personal growth. And Nextview gives me the space to grow. Everybody is so helpful! If I have a question, there is always somebody to help. I’m so happy and relieved to be part of this team. Not everyone has this experience with internships. So I’m thankful!”
We work as friends. You might not believe it, but it’s truly what we do. Working remotely might pose quite the challenge to actually make friends. Especially if you’re interning and gaining your first ever real-world work experience! However, according to our intern Anna, the opposite is true: “At all stages, even before my first day, I felt part of the team.” Read more about her experience and inspire others to do the same. For growth is only meaningful when creating a positive impact that inspires. For tomorrow starts today.
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