For those of you who don’t know, I have been the brains behind the most recent blog posts. To quote the one and only Nelly Furtado, all good things come to an end. But fear not, I am here to reflect on my time here at Gata, my newly gained knowledge, and some secrets of the trade.
1. Cool team vibes
Disclaimer: throughout my internships, I have never encountered a truly terrifying work team environment. Nevertheless, I cannot rave enough about what good work energy can do for productivity, especially when, as an intern, you’re at the very bottom of the hierarchy. A friendly workplace and solid relationships within the team that span out of office tasks sparks inspiration and innovation. I am aware of how cheesy and already well-known this is, but experiencing how effective it is first hand was a different story.
2. Changing my perspective
Taking over the blog meant I had to be more aware of who my audience was. As a student and (fervent) consumer, I had to change my perspective about marketing products and services to consumers like myself. Putting myself in the shoes of all the local businesses Gata caters to was sometimes challenging but always expanded my understanding of the field. Besides, there are niches of every industry which are always amazingly fascinating to learn about, and I now have a self-awarded certificate in many of them.
3. Acronyms 4EVR
The technology, ehem, tech industry seems to have a wholehearted commitment to abbreviating words. At first, it caused for a lot of confusion followed by a lot of embarrassing questions, ending it everyone at the office being aware of how unaware you are of tech. (Read: UX, UI, Lead Gen, Biz … just to name a few.) When in doubt, google is your best friend and luckily, no one has chosen to abbreviate that name (yet).
4. Asking questions about everything
The whole idea of an internship is to learn in a field that, more often than not, you have merely a basic understanding of. So having questions about almost everything is normal and expected. Sometimes you will ask a question you realize you could have answered yourself (often times with the help of google), but for the most part, stay cool. Everyone is there to help. Embrace transparency, use it in your favour.
5. There is more to tech than coding
The tech and app industry is growing incredibly quickly. However those of us who have unabashedly pledged our studies to the humanities (more likely than not because the thought of completing a math problem is petrifying), the desire to enter the industry seems unlikely and impossible. We predict feeling out of place and sticking out like a sore thumb. This could not be farther from the truth. There are several tasks that need kids from the humanities crowd, such as research, marketing, customer experience, so on so forth. And believe it or not, coders are extremely friendly and warm people.
6. Learning happens in the least expected of places
As an intern, you will sometimes be given menial and tedious tasks which more likely than not, no one else wants to do. It is only natural for there to be a little frustration, followed by a couple yawns and a desperate need for coffee. However these tasks should not be overlooked, because every experience as an intern feeds the brain with knowledge of the industry and the metaphorical mechanics of it. In my case, research, as meticulous as it may be, is part of the processes of a company and will always teach you something – stay positive and keep your eyes open.
On this note, my last task as an intern is complete. I am leaving infinitely more knowledgable, but always here to learn more. So, please do share, what have you learned from your internship? Any tips for newcomers? Send us a tweet at @gatalabs. I’ll be religiously checking our twitter feed despite my time here being over (attachment issues, you know).
6 Things I Learned From My Internship at Gata Labs https://t.co/RDp2ul69YD
— Gata Labs (@GataLabs) December 21, 2015