I’ve been awarded the highly coveted spot of being the first SHAD Internship blogger of 2015 and I will now give you a peek into how I’m about to spend the rest of summer break.
There is no time for SHAD withdrawal. Not when you have to send 70 pairs of touch-screen sensitive gloves from an online Chinese store to 70 different recipients across the country. However, that’s both none and all of my job description as a SHAD summer intern at Wirkn. Let me explain.
In true startup style, the workday starts at 10 am when the Kinetic Café starts buzzing with the sound of the developers aka “devs” clacking away at their keyboards. My computer was running out of memory due to the buildup of SHAD photos, so it took all morning to get set up with all the web apps that Wirkn uses to operate, but I was soon attributing deep links to clients. After eating my lunch in the cafeteria with the marketing team, I took the elevator back up to the 9th floor where I was greeted by a full panoramic view of the Toronto Harbourfront.
The highlight of the workday was when my manager gave me an “onboarding” to sync me in with the happenings at the fast-paced company. After a bit, she asked me what I hope to gain from this experience and even though I have always been interested in entrepreneurship, I replied with something vague that even I can’t remember. I could tell that she wasn’t completely satisfied with my answer.
On the train ride back, I reflected on our meeting and I realized that what I had wanted to achieve all along was to surpass my comfort zone in addition to fostering good decision-making skills. Wirkn is an extension of the SHAD community full of motivated, talented people in a way. Hence, it became clear to me why the team members would work overtime so tirelessly and selflessly towards a common goal.
I really look forward to getting to know all these incredible people (I mean, the CEO works in the same room!) and starting to get ‘wirkn' this August.