New Year, New You 2014 Internship Winner Blog: Week 6 – Halfway to the Finish Line!
I hope you haven’t forgotten about me since my first blog post, but just in case you’re scratching your heading wondering who I am, my name’s Johnny Wu and I am the grand prize winner of Adecco Canada’s New Year, New You Internship Contest.
This week, Ken Graham, Director of Training and Development at Adecco Canada, presented my LinkedIn training presentation to the Toronto branch, located at 401 BayStreet. After having worked on this project for three weeks full of meetings and revisions, I was confident about the presentation, but anxious to know if I was on target to deliver value to the team. Shortly after people trickled into the boardroom, including some senior staff and a slew of permanent consultants from various parts of GTA, the introduction began, followed by an ice breaker to get everyone acquainted. Then it was time to start the presentation.
The presentation was very interactive. Everyone participated and was quite enthusiastic about all the things they can do on LinkedIn. The presentation focused on how to build your profile, how to properly network on LinkedIn, and how to use Boolean logic to fully optimize your candidate searches. The best part for me was watching Ken deliver the presentation and, during the Boolean logic component, saying the words that I had scripted for him. It felt good to see my work being shared with everyone in such a useful way. Another highlight for me was the Q&A from after the presentation. The sales team was very engaged, and their questions helped me to determine what components of the presentation could use more content. Thanks to Ken, I’m a more confident public speaker. After all, it’s not an everyday occurrence that the Director of Training asks me in front of senior-level employees: “So Johnny, what do you think about this?” (Good thing no one noticed how nervous I was.)
From Research to a Marketing Strategy
Aside from my work with Ken, I’m also part of the marketing team. Marketing is always buzzing with activities! The marketing team of five people services over 50 branches and maintains the company blog, Adecco in the Know, as well as other social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, as well as all print materials. Jessica Rowen, Marketing Manager, is down-to-earth, easy going, and she rides her bike the “panther” to work every day (talk about being eco-friendly!). Jessica gave me a pretty exciting opportunity to research and create the Student Attraction Strategy for one of our big clients. One of the best parts about this project was the process of testing different social media platforms and researching how people consume media. This insight was valuable and I learned things I never thought about before! Having presented my ideas and recommendations, I am looking forward to see what happens next! (A big THANK YOU to those who participated in my research on Facebook!)
A day in the Life of Johnny Wu
Besides my internship at Adecco Canada I also work at a leading events company. Juggling a full-time internship and a part-time banquet serving job can be quite demanding and challenging. The two jobs are completely different from one another, and it’s quite nice to have that variety. One moment I’m sitting at my desk working on a sales presentation and the next I’m serving an event of 200 people celebrating Pride. “My gosh Johnny, why do you want to do that to yourself? Working so much! That’s just insane”, one of my friends asked me. Well that’s a good question…
When I got the email for the Adecco internship, two thoughts went into my head: A) Wow this could be interesting and exciting! B) Internship?! That means it might be low pay. Although I felt conflicted, ultimately I chose to take the risk. Maybe it’s a Gen Y thing, but when you’re still in the early stages of your career, I believe it’s worth it to take the risk. What do you have to lose?
The truth is, I’m actually really happy. It was tough at first getting used to working two jobs and having to work a seven-day work week, but the people at Adecco make it enjoyable, and there hasn’t been a day that I dreaded coming into the office. Each week is something new and I’m only starting to see my work come to life. The next six weeks will be much more interesting because my LinkedIn training is ready to go across Canada. And with each presentation, it will only get better!
Want to know more about what’s happening at my internship with Adecco Canada? Be sure to check out Adecco in the Know and Adecco Canada’s Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages every couple of weeks for an update!