‘You can start next Monday, is that ok?’, Partipost offered
‘Yes!’, I exclaimed in delight. And that was how my 3-month stint at Partipost started.
You may have heard a dozen of your peers telling you ‘Go work at a start-up, you will learn a ton there!’. But is that true? Well… Base on my personal experience at Partipost (a start-up) that is definitely true.
Prior to my first day at Partipost, I had various grandeur imaginations of what working at Partipost would be like. (This is my first internship stint by the way.) In my head, I envisioned myself as Nick from the ‘The Internship’ - funny and witty. I’d be a young, promising intern taking his first step towards being the next Elon Musk and making space travel a norm.
But… I was given a rude awakening on my first day. I was no Nick, much less Elon Musk. I was just plain old Jeremy, who had no experience whatsoever and nothing to offer. Just when I felt lost and helpless on my first day of work, Petrina came to my rescue. ‘Start-ups are fast-paced and hectic, nobody will have the time to slow down to guide you’, I have often heard previously. This was what I thought too but I am dead wrong because here at Partipost, while the employees are all busy with their work, they’d always spare time for colleagues who need a helping hand. I can’t say I’d have survived my first day at work if not for the patient guidance of my team-mates and everyone at Partipost.
Besides being kind enough to go out of their way to offer help to their peers, the people at Partipost were very warm and welcoming. ‘Nobody is your friend at work, it’s a dog eat dog world, kill or be killed’, they said. Again, I was proven dead wrong when I came to Partipost. There weren’t any dcks or btches we often see in films who were just out to destroy your career in the office and make your life miserable. Instead, what I got was a warm welcome from everyone. People here treated one another with genuine respect, care and concern. I wasn’t bullied or made to do menial tasks simply because I was an intern. On the contrary, I was seen as an equal and my thoughts and feedback were acknowledged.
Now to answer the golden question, so did I really learn a lot from interning at a start-up? Yes. During my stint here, I was involved in writing blogs, assisting in managing the social media platforms, execution of event campaigns, lending a hand at talks and pitching the company’s model and idea to people at pop-up booths. To sum it all up in one word, it was ‘fulfilling’. I learnt the most basic of stuff like setting up appointments on Google Calendar (Yes, I know, I was truly a greenhorn before the internship. Maybe I still am, cut me some slack. LOL.) to the more intricate things like learning what works and what doesn’t in marketing through statistical tracking, writing post-mortem reports, etc. P.S. want to experience what I did? Send in your resumes! Could I have experienced this elsewhere in an MNC? I might, I don’t know. What I can say for sure is I did not regret my experience working here at Partipost! I have learnt a lot and forged valuable friendships.
So do I think you should you work in a start-up? I guess you already know my answer if you read the article till this point. You can’t know the answer to something you haven’t experienced so go out there and try it for yourself folks!
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