Working at Computer Aid: An Intern’s perspective

As my time as an intern at Computer Aid comes to end, I can look back with warmhearted memories of my time spent here.

After graduating with a B.A. degree in American Studies (Literature) and a postgraduate NCTJ diploma in News Journalism at Harlow College, I went on to look for work in the journalism field. Despite have many interviews, the feedback was always the same: not enough experience.

I decided in order to gain relevant experience finding a voluntary position was the best option. While job hunting a came across an advert on Guardian Jobs for Computer Aid International, the role was for the position of the Marketing and Communications Intern. Initially applying just for the sake of it, I later read about the charity in-depth and was impressed by their vision, mission and values.

Despite having acquired the necessary skill set to fulfil the job role, my skills were still very raw.  Starting the job was a daunting challenge for me, yet I was looking forward to working in an environment which would allow me to learn and flourish. Working at Computer Aid gave me a great chance to work on international brand development in a charity with a solid reputation.

No matter what job it is, for me starting a new job is always a nerve-racking experience. However, my nerves were put to bed straight away as my colleagues made my first day a positive experience which kicked off my time at career at Computer Aid. Nevertheless my goal had not changed; it was to find a full-time job in journalism.

Surprisingly my train of thought had swiftly changed, as I discovered a passion for marketing. Under the guidance of my Marketing Manager, I have been able to produce newsletters, leaflets and other publicity materials. What I have come to love about marketing is; each day is different from the last. Alongside assisting with promotional activities and events, I have participated in numerous events including the UK IT Awards which was the benchmark for outstanding performance throughout the UK computer industry. The awards focus on the contribution of individuals, projects, organisations and technologies that have excelled in the use, development and deployment of IT in the past 12 months. What I have come to love about marketing is; each day is different from the last.

Sadly moving on, I keep with me the lessons learnt, most importantly working in a team, whether it be negotiating with others, listening and sharing ideas, sharing tasks and responsibilities or problem solving. In my opinion there is no better way for a graduate to gain relevant work experience, than to volunteer for a charity one is passion about. It has been a pleasure to work alongside Computer Aid and contribute to its ever-growing success. Without a shadow of a doubt the hands on experience and guidance from elite professional has been invaluable and I will always support the charity.

Ibrahim Azeez.

Marketing and Communications Intern for Computer Aid.

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