My first week as an intern: Ilhan Mohamed20/07/2022
Earlier this month, Ilhan joined Sparta Global for a paid, four-week internship in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion department. Through our partnership with Career Ready, Ilhan was matched to our organisation so she could further explore her interest in psychology and business – working on our upcoming neurodiversity EqualTech Report. With one week done, we asked Ilhan – how has your experience been so far?
Hi Ilhan, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Ilhan, I am 17 years old, and I am an new intern at Sparta Global - working in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) department with the Head of ED&I! I’m really excited for this experience, as I know it will be an amazing opportunity to show off my skills, learn new ones, and develop myself as an individual.
Why was it important to you to pursue an internship?
My main motivation for embarking on this internship was to gain valuable experience in key ED&I projects that have an impact on inclusion, organisational culture, HR management, marketing, and a company’s reputation.
What was your first day/week like?
On my first day, I was initially nervous to enter a business environment and meet so many new people - but I quickly became more confident! On my first week, I had the opportunity to start working with an incredible amount of talented colleagues and senior business leaders, which gave me exposure to a wide range of best business practices, communication techniques and leadership skills.
What have you learned so far?
I have already learnt so much: how to increase my confidence, how to improve my communication skills, how to create (and use!) a LinkedIn profile, how to introduce myself in an impactful manner, and how to cultivate a strong social media presence to make a name for myself in the industry.
Would you encourage others to do an internship?
I would really encourage others to do an internship with Sparta Global: it's a fantastic experience that can help you learn about your capabilities and ultimately have a greater understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. It can be challenging at times, but so rewarding! I would say that an internship pushes you out of your comfort zone and helps you tremendously by giving you exposure to a real working environment. You will be able to add this experience to your CV and talk about it on future job interviews to show your prospective employers that you are a strong fit to their teams.
My advice: if you are still thinking about whether to apply for an internship or not, go for it! Take risks, nothing in the world can substitute experience.
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