Our guest blog is written by Chloe Agron, an Interior Architecture graduate from the University of Westminster, who took on an internship that has recently turned into a Design Technician permanent role at Benchworks; a specialist interior contractor based in Kent.
My internship was a constructive and valuable experience as I learnt so much. Within my first week, I was allowed to go on a site visit, be involved with huge projects and witness my drawings come to life. This was very rewarding.
When I first started, I was a little slow because there was so much to learn and I knew I would soon have to pick up the pace and work quickly and reliably. So, I took it upon myself to find ways to improve, such as:
- In my spare time, I researched joinery and various relevant techniques so I could improve my knowledge and skills.
- When I worked on several projects at one time, I prioritised the more urgent requests so I knew I was on schedule (along with my project managers).
- I got out into the workshop to see the construction side of things as well as the management aspect of the projects.
- When it came to liaising with people such as project managers, who were in a different building, I made sure I communicated clearly and took the decision, on my own initiative, to regularly go over to clarify certain issues.
- I set myself goals every week to meet the standards required.
I have now been granted a permanent position with Benchworks and I can honestly say I am still enjoying my time here and learning something new every day with the supportive team.
One piece of advice I can pass on is that, whatever opportunity arises, take it with two hands. It’s hard enough for fresh graduates to land themselves a job so, be open to different things. I also believe it’s important to have initiative in any workplace so you are able to think for yourself and improve at the same time.