Artur SwobodaUpdated: 07/01/2020
One positive guy came, and I still remember his words: “If you start working here, you will have a belly like me.”
Summer holidays were coming, and I knew that doing nothing is the last way I want to spend my time. A year before most of my friends found a job, and we could hang out only on weekends. Each week looked the same. I spent the weekend with my friends and wasted time for the rest of the week. A professional internship would be a great way to gain some experience, end up with boredom and earn some money!
Gorrion was not the first company I tried to get into an internship. During preparations, I was focused on programming practice, but I didn’t know what should I learn. The first interview has shown that the IT world is not so easy. I came to the conclusion that I should repeat some more information. I started to learn more and sent some additional CVs. I’ve taken part in several interviews and then, Gorrion appeared on the horizon.
I’m slowly opening the door and entering the company. I look straight ahead, and there is a rack with jackets – nothing extraordinary – and a lot of pairs of shoes underneath. As soon as I looked to the side, I saw that most of the employees were wearing slippers. My eyes lit up, and I decided that I will do everything to stay here. A man goes through the door and instantly feels at home – that’s what I thought. Somebody asked me to sit on the sofa and wait a moment. I didn’t have to wait alone. One positive guy came, and I still remember his words: “If you start working here, you will have a belly like me.”
During the recruitment interview, I’ve shown that I know some technologies and tried to make the recruiters like me. Soon after, I received an email with information about my success and an invitation for the first day – I could celebrate! After a few days, all my friends and family knew about the company that I was going to work in. I also didn’t forget to mention that I will work in my slippers.
On the first day, I packed all the necessary things to work – laptop, food and slippers (just in case). Unfortunately, I didn’t wear them because I noticed that the rest of the trainees wear casual shoes. However, I decided to ask my supervisor if I could wear them the next day. I got permission. We all got to know each other quickly, our superiors greeted us in berets, and we were introduced to the company in helmets with Gorrion’s logo. It was a way to refer to the name of this year’s internship “Programming military service”.
A moment later, we got to know the Scrum methodology and we started to develop projects. Our duties included writing projects respecting weekly sprints, goals, tasks, etc. We were told that we will be able to immediately learn how to work with clients because our superiors were them. The last hour was for ourselves to look around the company and install the necessary software for work.
Over the next days, I had the opportunity to learn more about the work in the company and integrate with trainees, supervisors and other employees. I liked the atmosphere in the company more and more, and the tasks gave me satisfaction. Every day we participated in 15-minute meetings, when everyone spoke about the work of the previous day, plans for the current day, and we also had the opportunity to ask questions about the problems bothering us.
Summing up – I know that I came to the perfect place where I can develop my skills and at the same time spend time with a group of positive people. The coffee prepared in the company perfectly wakes me up and I am always able to eat my favourite croissants from the bakery next to our building. After getting out of bed, all I have to do is get in the car and get to my second home-work. Work in which I can wear slippers. 🙂