Hello everyone, this is Prudence Yanzi from the Content Writing team. I don’t know where to start with this one. This internship has been the opportunity that I needed to get out of my comfort zone. I have always wanted to write(songs, ideas, posts on social media, my WhatsApp status); it all counts :).
I didn’t have anywhere to showcase my potential full time; I didn’t have a fundamental learning ground. I found out about this internship through a mutual friend, and the rest is history, considering I’m already here.
My first impression was that this was a fast-paced environment, and I needed to act quick and fast enough to get it. I got accepted a few days later. The acceptance mail had a lot of information. I didn’t know what to expect, but I was open-minded.
The biggest crime in writing is plagiarism. My first challenge came through; I had to write five articles, which I messed up. Those words from “Pearl Kasirye”, whom I was assigned to, I am disappointed, took me back. I hate disappointments, much less let down another person.
My trial week was a disaster, but I knew better than to quit. I had to redo the assignments, one of them at least. Through that trial week, I learned:
- It’s not enough to be talented; you need to understand what you are up against.
- Learnt how to use different software like (Grammarly, Google Apps and extensions, Loom and Websites to source images)
- Everybody deserves a second chance.
- Failure doesn’t mean you give up or quit.
- Take full responsibility for your mistakes and move on.
WHY PEARL LEMON?
This question was directed to me about three times, and I had the answer for it.
Pearllemon, first of all, embraced talent from as far as Uganda, where I come from. Everybody was welcoming. I had no idea how emojis can completely change the tone in a text. Quick responses and the checkups from Akhilla-Head of HR contributed much to make me feel wanted.
I was in a company that made me feel comfortable and valuable. When the pandemic started, it put many plans on hold for me. A few weeks before the lockdown, I graduated from university, and my country enforced quarantine restrictions.
For this internship to show up in my space, it was the best opportunity presented to me at the right time.
LESSONS LEARNED IN THE FIRST MONTH
While reading through the training material given to me, I had a chance to read the blogs written by those who had been here way before me. I couldn’t wrap my head around the perfection and articulation these people showcased. But look at me, I’m well on my way doing the most.
When I looked at myself, I did not know how I would ever get to such perfection. It all seemed too professional; I underestimated myself.
I have since learned that you can achieve much when you put your mind to something. Having an open mind is a must for everybody.
When I read about Deepak Shukla(CEO of Pearl Lemon), I was amazed by his own story. One thing that stood out for me is that he knew what he wanted and wasted no time working to attain the goal.
lessons to take home:
- Never be too afraid to take risks. Those who fear stepping into the waters will never know how shallow or deep they are.
- Smiling is a must. It changes a lot what the person on the other side thinks about you.
- Speaking tone is essential.
- Treating people with the utmost respect earns you friends.
- There’s a first time for everything. Everyone has a chance waiting for them.
- It doesn’t matter where you are; if you are capable, you will be noticed.
- Have the skills and expertise, but your character will elevate you to achievements unthought of.
- Have an open mind; there’s always something new to learn every day.
- You are your cheerleader. Working remotely has taught me that motivation will never come from anyone else apart from you.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Teamwork is the best way to achieve successful results.
- Lastly and most importantly, never forget to smile.
My first month at Pearllemon has yielded so many results that I didn’t think I could reach. I have learnt so much in this one month. I have taken on challenges and set some goals for the next coming months.
I love it here at PL, and I can’t wait for the next chapter; I’m anticipating what I have to gain, it’s not the most leisurely journey, but I’m glad I took on the challenge.