This post (contrary to appearances) isn't really written by me. Kinza Ahmed has been working with us over the summer as a marketing intern, helping behind the scenes in putting together the hugely successful first conference call among other things. We have greatly enjoyed having Kinza here at Distilled HQ. It's fantastic to see a student who wants to learn about how the real world of business works - but I think the rest is best presented in her own words. Without further ado, here's what Kinza sent me this morning (entirely without provocation - all her own idea). I hope you'll join me in wishing her all the best with her studies and whatever she decides to do after that:
I applied to Distilled after seeing their advert online for a marketing intern. After studying their website, I knew that not only could I gain some invaluable experience but I would really enjoy my experience here. It has become common knowledge now that being qualified on paper is not always enough to secure a job in your desired field, so getting some "real life" industry experience has becoming increasingly necessary. This was one of the reasons I was eager to get some experience. Furthermore, as an undergraduate student I wanted to be really sure that this was definitely the career for me and thus shape the rest of my degree accordingly. So having the opportunity to work in a company that consistently smashes their targets not only looks great on the CV but motivates me to progress so I too can achieve my goals.
I came down to London from Nottingham (where I am studying for my degree) especially for the interview. I felt increasingly anxious on my journey down. I had prepared for the interview and had done my research on the company- but what if they asked me something I couldn’t answer? What if they rejected me there and then? Completely irrational thoughts were distorting through my mind as I walked from the station to the offices. I decided to compose myself, enter the building and make my way up to Distilled’s floor. I was greeted by Will who was sitting on the sofas in the reception area having a meeting with another member of the team. My initial apprehension quickly vanished as I entered the calming atmosphere of the office. My first impression of the office was: ‘funky’! The office had a professional yet laid back aura that was distinct from the rest of London’s hubbub that I had left outside the door.
The interview went well. The questions were direct, straightforward and I was impressed by Distilled’s focus on what I wanted to gain from this experience. They gave me a chance to talk about what interested me and somewhat tailor my interning experience if I was selected. To my delight, I got a phone call from Sarah on the very day I received my exam results for my first year, saying that it was a pleasure to meet with me and that they would like to offer me the marketing internship. Yippee!
During my time at Distilled, I had specific projects I was working on (as well as a number of general duties) involving all types of marketing- including internet marketing – something that I was yet to learn about expressly in my academics. Off the back of this, I got to explore the different roles in the Web Development team and how all the different aspects of the company interact to create an all round, great project. Consequently, working as a Distilled marketing intern opened my eyes to the other roles that are available and how they integrate. I have learnt so much more in addition to the new marketing knowledge I have acquired. I will take back new found information in Sales, Accounting, Economics and Business Psychology and will definitely implement this information in the rest of my degree, which will of no doubt be to my benefit.
It’s clear to see that Distilled gives their interns the time and space to explore their own capabilities whilst keeping a close eye and offering continual support. The experience was unquestionably a success for me, so a big thanks to the Distilled team!