I am currently in a cafe place named Chopanacaffe, drinking café latte and writing this blog post with the smile on my face.
Firstly, I do not know even where to start, so I will start from the very first moment where I encountered ForgeBIT. I vividly remember going up the stairs not knowing what to expect. I was greeted with a warm welcome from my manager and boss, and I have instantly felt like I belong here even though inside I was freaking out about the interview. When they told me that I got it, I had the longest victory dance of my life. The reason why I wanted it so badly is simple. ForgeBIT represented for me a new challenge, a serious decision which I knew that will have a great impact in my life, and eventually, it did. Now let me go back to my first sentence, the reason why I mentioned the café place is that now I am doing my new internship, neither more nor less than in Portugal, and I am 100 % sure that my internship in ForgeBIT had great influence in it.
So, all that being said, I made a list of 5 things that I have learned in my one-month experience as a Social Media and Content Marketing intern at digital agency-ForgeBIT.
TAKE RISKS AND LISTEN TO YOURSELF!
For a long time, I have always played in a safe zone, so when I decided to apply for an internship in ForgeBIT, actually I wanted to get out of my comfort zone- and so I did. I was hesitating should I or shouldn’t I apply, mainly because I wanted to do my internship abroad, but something inside of me was telling me to do it, do it. Stepping out of my comfort zone made me more confident in taking any kind of decision, and also challenged me to become a person who is looking forward to exploring unknown areas at daily bases. In addition, I ended up in getting what I actually wanted and that is an internship abroad.
YOU WILL DO THINGS THAT YOU THOUGHT YOU WILL NEVER DO
I never imagined myself writing blog posts. I always taught this is the field in which I don’t have adequate skills, but it turned out to be completely opposite. I started to enjoy every single minute of the whole process, from exploring the topic to putting your thoughts on paper (actually in this case on Word paper). At this point where I am now, I can just say to all of you, never stop exploring yourself, because in the end you will be surprised with what you can discover.
LEARN, SHARE AND ASK!
When it comes to situations when you don’t know something don’t be ashamed, you are human, and in this high growing and fast-changing environment it is normal to not know everything. Working with people in ForgeBIT made me realize that. There were situations when I did not know how to complete a task, even after I tried my best to find a solution by myself (first always try to go with do-it-yourself strategy), the only way to do it was to ask for the help. Communication is a very important part of working in a digital company, so ASK because in ForgBIT world, stupid questions don’t exist. Moreover, if you have learned something new or heard some new interesting fact, SHARE it with your colleague because SHARING IS CARING!
Coming to work with a small group of people can be challenging and scary, but in this case, it was purely inspiring. I was made to feel welcome from day one and due to that, I felt more comfortable with myself and my work. I knew that in the end, I have a supportive team always willing to answer my questions and back me up in the case of difficulties. Working with an inspiring, kind and above all the funniest people, made me realize how important the work atmosphere is- and now I would not compromise for anything less that that!
WORK HARD BUT HAVE FUN
I heard a lot of times the expression timing is everything- and it surely is! There is time for hard work and then there is time for a bit of fun- and ForgeBIT will not let you without having at least a bit of fun.