Hello everyone! The six weeks since the start of my Human Resources Management internship at Let Me Play have just flown by. When I first started, I had no idea what to expect, as this was my first professional experience. From practical application of the field to general workplace conduct and practices, everything was new to me. The international and remote aspects only further obscured my vision of the future. Just the newness of it all was my biggest challenge, since I tend to like feeling prepared and ready. So, I was nervous and uncertain but excited to learn who I would be working with and what I would be doing and determined to do my best.
A month and a half later, I cannot help but look back and be proud of how much I have grown. Personally, I just feel more confident in myself and my abilities. I know more about how much I am capable of and that I can successfully rise to the occasion in a new environment. Many of the soft, transferrable skills I gained also translate to everyday life, such as problem-solving, effective communication, intercultural competence, and time-management. Professionally, I feel more comfortable navigating the workplace; an internship is not such a big, vague, and scary thing anymore. I have also built up more knowledge about HR through tasks, observation, conversations with colleagues, and research, including how HR differs internationally. The increase in confidence in all of these areas to me was one of the most valuable things to come out of the internship. The mentorship and the positive feedback and encouragement from my supervisors also had a part to play in that.
I have only taken a few HR classes so far, so this experience has made me more excited to start higher level classes. That being said, I was able to observe and apply some of my prior coursework in my tasks. For example, when I was completing an audit of employee records, handling reference requests, and observing an interview, prior lessons related to recruiting and compliance came to mind. Business core classes proved helpful as well in editing training workshop presentations for a variety of positions (ex: Marketing, Accounting). Furthermore, International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior helped me navigate and learn from the international aspect. I can also continue the cycle by using this experience to approach my future classes from a more solid foundation to make the best of them.
With all that I have learnt and the confidence that I have gained, I am ready to take the next steps in my academic and professional life. I actually chose HR as a second major relatively recently, so this internship has affirmed my choice and made me eager to continue with related classes, internships, and extracurriculars. I am also more curious about the learning and development side of HR after working for an education and training company. Summer 2021 has been an unforgettable experience and I am very grateful for this opportunity.