Starting at a new place can be scary: Summer Internship Experience

Starting at a new place can be scary,

terrifying even,

especially when you’ve never had professional work experience, or experience in the field that the company operates in.

After all, you have no idea what to expect….

This is what I felt on my first day at Williams Kent, right up until the moment that I met everyone.

Once I did meet them all, I was welcomed into a warm and relaxed atmosphere, which still managed to succeed in being hard-working and successful.

Those nerves that I felt were because I didn’t know much about recruitment before my internship. I didn’t know the role of a recruiter in so much as I didn’t know what they did. I knew that they found people jobs, but then that’s just common sense.

But now six weeks later I think I’m pretty informed of what the job of a recruiter is, to the point that I’m considering a future in it. Which isn’t necessarily what I expected during those initial phone calls before getting the internship. I thought that I’d get to know a little more about a field that I was interested in after touching on it during my A-Levels. Instead, I’ve found a love for the various things I’ve done over the last several weeks even when it’s been frustrating!

On my very first day, I was given the task of finding a candidate for a role, using LinkedIn and Otta. One I only knew as the professional Facebook, I’d eventually need to use. The other as a water mammal – so naturally finding a person on one of these platforms seemed pretty lost on me. But luckily for me, everyone at Williams Kent is always happy to help, so I was guided through it. Not long after I was flying through countless profiles. Hunting for the right ones that suited the job spec, hoping that those few needles in the haystack would respond to my LinkedIn messages.

Since then I’ve looked at several other roles and interacted with them by setting up various calls. In the hope that they’ll match the company and the JDs, we’re recruiting for. A couple of these candidates have gone on to get interviews (crossing all my fingers that they get the roles). As well as added companies to databases in case they give us some roles that they need filling.

On the more creative side of things, which I love, I’ve made job ads and posts and got to design the graphics. With the intention of attracting candidates to the active roles that we may have missed.

I think though, the shining star of Williams Kent, is the sociable side that I mentioned before. They radiate the energy of a fun family. I’ve been invited, and naturally attended, after-work drinks several times which I’ve always enjoyed. While helping me to get to know everyone better in a way you can’t over conversations about whether you think a candidate will get the job.

My time at Williams Kent has been an invaluable experience for me which felt more like 2 weeks than six while somehow feeling as if I have always been here.

Me now vs me six weeks ago is considering a completely different career now to the one before.

I now know for certain that a company with a fun, family feel while still encouraging growth and meeting targets is one for me.

 

Lili Chambers,

Summer Intern

 

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