Jack Pounder, from The Billericay School in Essex, enjoyed a four-week paid internship at Mitie, a leading facilities management and professional services company.

Here he explains how the experience helped introduce him to new things at a time when the pandemic had left him feeling concerned about his future prospects.

Out of my comfort zone

Before my internship at Mitie, I was always hesitant to try new things and push myself out of my comfort zone, however I was determined to get involved because I knew it would be worth it in the end. Plus being given the opportunity to work in central London along with a proper wage was a real buzz.

A project to be proud of

During my internship, I spent everyday learning something new. I worked with the floor management, AV, reception, the post room, I even got to film clients in the green room and learnt all about video editing with Adobe Premier Pro.

I used those new skills to create a project around how Mitie could use social media more successfully to engage young people called ‘a day in the life of an intern’. Presenting the final film turned out to be my favourite moment of the whole internship, I felt so proud of my work.

“Seeing Jack present his social media presentation and video to the senior managers was such a rewarding moment. I chose to give him absolute autonomy over his video, as it was his idea and his vision. He delivered it so well and the video was so good, Mitie have published it on their social media platforms.”

Paul Baum, National Account Manager, Mitie.
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A chance to re-focus my thinking

Being stuck inside for the past year due to the pandemic made me concerned about my future prospects. I had a lot of time to overthink a few things. But being given the opportunity to come out of that and engage in a different environment really helped me re-focus my thinking into something useful.

My internship opened my mind to new things and showed me that there are many different types of jobs out there that I might not have even thought of. I now strongly believe that I wouldn’t think twice about taking any type of internship placement again. It was an incredible opportunity that I’d never experienced anything like before.

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