With the help of an acquaintance, I was introduced to the Spring Company, a company that specializes in brand imaging. My main agenda was to earn an internship at the place. After going through an interview that asked what my future goals were, I was able to get the job. My schedule was to be from July 1st to September 30th every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 pm to 6 pm. With a heart filled with anticipation and nervousness, I sat out on my internship.
[The entrance to the Spring Company, photo courtesy to Hak Seung Lee]
On the first day, I was introduced to my role within the company. I was to be the intern that helped out on various tasks, photocopying, printing, or going through pages of magazines to find one relevant article, within the company. But I was glad. Why? Because I got my own desk. That was special, being able to sit within the actual working space with the employees and to see them working. Also, it was a field that I was deeply interested in, where the whole purpose of the company tied into advertising and positive imaging of a brand, which is what I want to do after I graduate from college. Being able to experience what is done in such a company in high school is to my belief, truly remarkable. And lastly, the internship was earned by my own hands. It was an opportunity that I forged using my personal connections, not an internship that was given by my parents. That was what mattered the most to me. Thus, even in the midst of heavy work, I could find myself with smiling, because I genuinely was fascinated within the company.
I figured out almost immediately that my job would be demanding. Luckily, it wasn’t a lot of photocopying, printing or getting coffee, but it was to get involved in client material that the company had made a contract with. For example, for two weeks I was involved with Mont Blanc which is one of Spring Company's client. I helped out by going through hundreds of magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and finding relevant articles or advertisements about Mont Blanc. The job I had was tiresome and repetitive, because I had to flip through two hundred pages to find a single advertisement which is located in the bottom corner of the 187th page. After doing that for 5 hours, my brain was fried, and I really started to dislike magazines. But, I also believe that the repetitive work helped me to understand the cumbersome work must be done to productively deal with picky clients. It was wonderful to know that the work I had done would be used in actual meetings, even though it may be a single page amidst a thousand pages. I believe that idea, alongside my positive energy, helped me to be motivated, and boost my work ethic.
My job at the Spring Company has not ended, yet. I still have a load of magazines to read and presentations to make. But as I have mentioned before, I’m not that worried. I still don’t like magazines, but I think I’m getting better. If I’m lucky, maybe next week I’ll even get a promotion. Just maybe.
[A pile of magazines like the ones that I have to go through every day,
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