At Blue Moon, we’ve always embraced the idea and practice of internships, because we believe in the value that on-the-job training delivers to promising individuals who can also teach us a thing or two!
We recently beefed up our formal internship programme, in line with the revised BBBEE Codes of Good Practice… and asked one of our new interns to keep a bit of a diary of his experience.
Here’s the second in a series of what he had to say – uncensored!
An intern’s perspective on The Moon (part 2)
It’s me again, “Njabulo the intern”. I have been at Blue Moon for an astonishing three months. To say it’s gone by quickly is quite an understatement. On reflection, I’ve grown so much as a person and as a creative.
Here are the top lessons I’ve learnt so far:
- On my move from Durban
I’ve spent most of my time wondering if I’d made the right decision, moving to a new city and jumping into a new work environment. There are days when I miss my family and friends, and those when I feel I have made the right decision and should gracefully accept that this is the exact change I need.
What really does help is working in an environment that understands and always keeps you motivated. The best feeling in the world is knowing that you are not alone and that you have ample support, both from family and colleagues.
- On Blue Moon
Blue Moon is the kind of agency that does it all – anything from an awesome awards show to a sophisticated employee engagement campaign. I’ve come to realise that I might like working in this industry. I’m being exposed to all these amazing new platforms, and that really makes it so much easier and more exciting to get up and go to work on a Monday morning.
- No one’s going to take care of you but you
I’ve found this to be true inside my internship and out. No one knows what I’m thinking unless I share it. No one knows I need help unless I ask for it.
I tried to rely on others in the beginning, not only when it came to creativity, but also when it came to getting to know a new city. I quickly learnt that the only person I could rely on was myself. Through this I was able to grow more than I ever thought possible, and I have enjoyed spending time on my own.
My journey has had its ups and downs, but I continue to come out stronger than I ever imagined. I have a new-found love for the people I work with, those I encounter at client meetings and especially this refreshing “feel at home” environment in which I work.
Looking forward to the remainder of my internship, the time ahead is probably the most crucial. If you feel that you haven’t made the impact that you want to make, remember it’s never too late. Ultimately, it all starts with you!
Loving Njabulo’s diary? Read part three of An intern’s perspective on The Moon here.