It's that time of year again!

Ask anyone in the office and they will tell you that Summer Congregation is definitely my favourite time of year! Well they might say Christmas Festival and Summer Congregation but you get my gist. As Retail Supervisor I am responsible for the planning and co-ordination and the smooth running of the event.

 I just love the rush of the week long event, meeting all the graduates and their lovely proud families. You get to meet so many people, from so many different cultures. It’s not only that though – a lot goes into the preparation of the event during the months prior and I enjoy that just as much as the week on the shop floor.

Now you may wonder what sort of things need to be planned this far in advanced, but believe me when I say that there’s so much to think about.

First comes all the operational matters… arranging transport to collect the stock and shop units, hiring tills and PDQ card machines, ordering floats and arranging cash collections… the list goes on. Then comes the fun part: we get to hire a bunch of Durham University students as sales assistants for the week! I love every stage of this; from shortlisting ... read more

Posted On 20/05/2014
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Hannah's Intern Diary- Time for tea

This weekend I went for ‘afternoon tea’ at Jesmond Dene House with my sister, I bought it as a birthday present for her back in March but this is the first chance we’ve had to go.

It got me thinking that my development as an Intern can be compared to the ever-so-popular afternoon tea. Now, this might sound odd but bear with me…. each part of the afternoon tea is like a stage in my development here, and I would imagine that of interns like myself in companies across the country. Let me explain:

1.       The sandwiches

The sandwiches form the base of the afternoon tea right on the bottom tier of the stand. These are the essential ‘foundations’ which no afternoon tea would be complete without.  They can therefore be compared to the first stages of my internship here. The sandwiches are those key, essential skills and knowledge acquired in the first few weeks of my time as an intern. Working in a new office, this knowledge included even the most basic of things, from getting to know everyone in the office to how to work the printer! This stage also included learning the everyday tasks involved in the role, even if at this stage ... read more

Posted On 13/05/2014
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