In the second round of our Bath University intern blogs, we catch up with Greg to find out how he’s been finding life at Gradwell Communications, halfway through his placement. Over to you, Greg…
Just before writing this, I checked the calendar to make sure that my instinct was right and that it had indeed been three weeks since I started working at Gradwell. Turns out, I’m nearing the end of my 5th week. What’s the saying? Time flies when you work in an office? Something like that.
For the last five weeks, I have been learning how to use Microsoft Power BI as well as learning about the current data reporting within each department at Gradwell. Most recently, I have been working with the Finance department to create automated invoice reporting which could potentially replace the current system of manual report generation using Microsoft Excel. It is motivating to know that if it is done well, your work has potential to be genuinely useful to the company.
I have made a lot of progress since I began working here. I have successfully managed to complete the first couple of projects I have been working on, which is very satisfying when a project spans the course of a few weeks. It has honed my problem solving skills as well as teaching me to be more patient when facing issues that arise. There are certainly frustrating moments where it feels like there isn’t an answer to the problem or it feels like you’ve lost all forward momentum after a new issue appears, but all those frustrations fade once a solution is found.
There are plenty of things going on in the office that means that work never feels overwhelming; often after lunchtime meetings, leftover sandwiches are left in the kitchen for anybody to eat. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a big deal, but I challenge you to find anything that sends you into a Tuesday afternoon quite like a free smoked salmon sandwich.
Aside from scavenging for free food, this internship has taught me both technical and general skills. I have learnt how to use Power BI and continue to improve my understanding of how to create data reports and dashboards. I’ve been required to consider how is best to represent data trends with different data and trends. This has been very helpful, since at university we are often required to analyse data but in my experience there were not many opportunities to practise data representation.
More generally, the internship has given me a chance to get used to working in an office, working in a team and as mentioned above, taught me to be patient when faced with solving a problem. The internship is hard work but definitely feels like a valuable experience.
Must be said, still not a fan of the early mornings.
Find out more about Greg’s internship experiences.
Meet another of our University of Bath interns – Christie Limnois.
Interested in Gradwell’s internship scheme? Contact Martin Lippiatt, our QC and Training Manager today!