Interning: When it all falls into place

I thought I’d leave the last word for 2012 to our newest saltie, Tolani, who has joined us through our Gavin Harry Internship programme. We’ve […]

I thought I’d leave the last word for 2012 to our newest saltie, Tolani, who has joined us through our Gavin Harry Internship programme. We’ve loved having her around, but we asked her how she had found coming into salt…

“There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading to the same place, so it doesn’t matter which path you take. The only person wasting time is the one who runs around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong.”

Hindu proverb

Now it can easily be said that I’m a jack of all trades. Before arriving at salt, I had entertained a multitude of avenues from advertising through to sales and right round to finance, though nothing could have prepared me for the challenges that I would face one month into my internship.

I joined the team at the beginning of November and I’ve been entrusted with so much that I can’t believe it’s been a month, nor can the team as I’m still greeted at the water cooler with;

“….Are you sure it seems so much longer…no I’m definitely sure its longer than that..It’s not a month is it?”

I’m learning and developing skills that I can now add to my arsenal. From sourcing and collating relevant weekly articles for clients – helping me to understand the core issues in the markets where they operate. I’ve created media stories and conducted research into trending topics, which has helped me learn how to generate engaging content.

Additionally I’ve had the opportunity to sit in on client meetings and conference calls as well as deciphering my previous nemesis; social media.

It’s through my brief time at salt that I can truly appreciate what was missing before; I was working for people rather than with them. To be productive and to develop you need a designated mentor who offers advice, colleagues who take time to share experience and stories, and a culture that rewards inquisitiveness and snack-fuelled collaborative creativity. A new experience and one I’ve rewarded with copious amounts of tea making and mince pies (’tis the season after all).

Being employed under the programme couldn’t have come at a better time, I was ready to accept the true potential of the opportunity offered, which taught me that there’ll be companies to whom your personality is most suited, and it is in those companies that you will be the happiest. A quote from one of our clients summed it up perfectly;

”Culture is how people act when no one is looking…”

And thankfully for me that’s exactly how they do things here.

This post is written by Tolani Moibi