In our previous blog, we heard from Yannis. Now, it’s Ravi’s turn to introduce himself as our newest intern…
Hi I’m Ravi, I’m 23 years-old and I studied Information and Communication Technology at De Montfort University. I began my journey in 2014, alongside completing a year-long placement.
What are your ambitions for the future? My ambition for the future would be to combine my theory learnt at University into practice, alongside learning the mechanics of working with IT professionals. As a young child, IT to me was about fixing computers, and switching something on and off!! Having realised that the situation got even worse! Having access to the internet, exposed me to the World Wide Web, and aided me in a number tasks like learning about history. I was shocked at how much information was published online, it made me realise how innovative society is becoming. In today’s generation, Smartphones are a helpful invention as they allow users to access the web and document information geographically. Overall they are devices of great utility that many people find necessary in their professional lives.
Why you chose to intern with us: I chose to intern with Access Generation because I highly appreciate the work that they’re doing in helping employers understand the perception of younger people. Looking at the business insights section on the website provides an exceptional report into youth employment. This section of the website appealed to me because a lot of younger people like myself are enticed by job adverts, and are contacted by agencies to put our names forward for the jobs. During my job search, I have discovered that when completing certain applications it’s important to look at the overall journey the organisation has been in and only then it’ll create a positive impression towards career development.
Is there anything you’re excited about doing with us? I’m excited about participating in events and focus groups by getting the opportunity to communicate with companies. This will give me the chance to express why employers adopt different approaches and what impact it’ll have on the next generation. I’ve spent a lot of time exploring technologies, that aided me in presenting an industry standard consultancy report. This provided me with an overview of the roles and responsibilities of: stakeholders, and various types of IT systems and standards. My aim is to play a part in helping Access Generation in, ensuring appropriate documentation standards are used and maintained to a high standard. My overall goal is to work around different business areas and outline key strategic drivers it can use to support the business.
What are you hoping to achieve during the 6 weeks? I’m hoping to put my project management theory into practice, this will help me align my written and verbal communication skills by identifying current business practices, scoping out critical requirements, and identifying business solutions. This will be achieved by paying close attention to the people that I work with. This applies especially to my supervisor and other people in my position who have been there for a while. I want to Learn and observe what the high performers in my role are doing well and incorporate that into my new routine. I’m looking to get more out of my time in the internship because it’ll give me the confidence in asking the right questions, and obtain a sense of succeeding in my own position.
Do you have any messages for employers? I have discovered that people come into the workplace for more than just a salary. I want employers to realise the immense benefits that younger people can bring, especially those who are digitally orientated and care about the environment. Companies are quick at judging and dictating that you should know it all!! That’s not the case, it’s all about offering younger people their input for new ideas, alongside greater support. Very recently, I’ve seen a lot of companies post this morale of working 9am-5pm, this totally sabotages a person’s ability to grow in the company. The overall message is to listen to everyone, with equal rights, and only then issues such as stress and task handling can be tackled efficiently in the workplace.