As we go into October, I’m realising it’s not summer time anymore. That additionally signifies that I’m coming to the tip of my GCS internship, which started again in July.
I’ve learnt a lot from the good individuals at Firms Home through the course of my internship. And I can wholeheartedly say that I really feel extra ready than ever to enter the working world after I graduate.
You’ll find out extra in regards to the initiatives and duties I’ve been concerned in at Firms Home in my last blog.
Over the past four weeks, I’ve been conducting analyses, analysis and analysis. Which is definitely much more attention-grabbing than it sounds, imagine me.
Getting caught into excel
In my ninth week, I moved groups from exterior communications to inner communications. In actuality, this simply meant shifting to the following desk over, as we’re now ‘hot-desking’ as a part of our smarter ways of working scheme. It additionally meant I might nonetheless go to curry membership and seize any desserts on provide!
With the inner staff, I used to be given the duty of finishing up analysis of their communication channels. I used to be thrilled by the accountability and freedom I had as I created my very own analysis technique.
Utilizing the information gained from my time with the exterior communications staff (and a few relearning of Excel), I created a number of spreadsheets which instructed me the instances of day individuals go to our channels and the forms of content material they take pleasure in studying or watching.
Do you know Firms Home workers are most energetic at 8am on Tuesdays?
The spotlight of the week was utilizing the info to current a technique to the staff to assist inform their future communications. This included when to submit articles, blogs and movies to make sure they achieved the very best attain throughout the organisation.
Altering our tradition
My time with the staff was briefly interrupted by a go to to the Mental Property Workplace. I spent the primary half of the day with their inner communications staff discovering out about their channels and occasions like convey your children to work day.
I spent the remainder of the day shadowing their exterior communications staff, becoming a member of Skype conferences with their regional workplaces and serving to with different duties.
Once I got here again to Firms Home, I moved over to the Tradition, Folks and Coverage staff who’re a part of our Transformation programme.
I used to be given the duty of researching and analysing methods to measure tradition change. This sounds fairly complicated, however with substantial analysis I created an motion plan for evaluating the tradition initiatives, like our Concepts Hub and tradition change conferences.
I used to be intrigued to study extra about how transformation is being carried out, from versatile working hours to variety networks, and seeing the success of this transformation. All these elements add as much as making Companies House a great place to work.
I additionally attended the quarterly communications and coverage discussion board, which featured a workshop on ‘emotional intelligence’. I learnt that I fall into the analytical character sort and discovered the best way to be emotionally conscious of others at work.
One spotlight from this workshop was an exercise with our director, Martin Swain, the place I had to attract a movie poster with nothing however a imprecise description from Martin.
Ending my GCS internship
So, I suppose that is it. In July, I bear in mind being not sure about having to work all summer time (though I do know I’ll must sooner or later). However I can’t imagine how a lot I’ve realized in simply three months.
As I’ve been requested just lately:
What’s the most respected factor you’ve learnt right here?
I’ve to say that will be consciousness of presidency, each internally at Firms Home and externally, as I engaged with stakeholders and understood extra in regards to the function of the Civil Service. This information is invaluable and has made me sure I wish to pursue a profession in authorities.
However then I’ve additionally been requested:
What is without doubt one of the greatest challenges you’ve confronted?
Other than waking up early every single day, my greatest problem was most likely talking in entrance of a big group of individuals for the internship mission.
Public talking just isn’t one in every of my strengths. However utilizing all the things I’ve learnt about communication, I used to be capable of face my fears and provides a terrific presentation.
And at last:
“What have you ever loved essentially the most right here?”
This one may be a bit sentimental. However assembly and attending to know the individuals working within the communications staff has made every single day over the summer time fulfilling and rewarding. The assist provided by the staff, particularly my line supervisor Jocelyn Keedwell, has boosted my confidence and taught me the best way to talk successfully.
If not, then it will be the fun of seeing printed content material that I’ve written and helped to supply reaching 1000’s of individuals throughout the UK.
That is goodbye for now as I head again to school to complete my diploma. However hopefully sooner or later you’ll see me again at Firms Home.