Corinne Carswell is coming to the end of her internship with our Human Resources and Organisational Wellbeing team.
We previously spoke to Corinne at the halfway stage to get a sense of what this internship involves and whether she has enjoyed it so far.
Now that her time with Ayrshire College is drawing to an end – with this being her final week of the internship – we asked her to give us her final thoughts.
“I can’t believe how quickly my internship has went. It feels like only yesterday that I was sitting in front of a three-person panel, being interviewed. This was daunting for someone like me because I would consider myself a shy person, however the panel couldn’t have been friendlier and definitely made me feel more relaxed.
“As I explained in my last blog, I applied for the internship because I was looking to be challenged and apply the skills I had learnt throughout my HR degree. I can now say that being here has given me the opportunity to learn new skills and has boosted my confidence. In my last job, I was in a team of three and I wasn’t really used to branching out to other staff members like I have here – here I communicate with heads of curriculum, directors and external partners at the College.
“I have been involved in a number of different projects from working on the College Values to supporting the continued development of the Promoting Wellbeing Group. I have also learnt more about partnership working through, for example, the Ayrshire LGBT+ Education Network and each of the local Violence against Women partnerships.
“In my previous blog post, I had mentioned I was involved in supporting the work of the Inside Outside project. Since seeing the exhibition, the College is now developing its own Equally Safe plan to support the prevention and end of violence against women and girls. A key contribution of mine to this has been drafting a gender-based violence (GBV) staff policy. Having a GBV policy is significant for it can help create and foster a safe working environment.
“Another project that I have really enjoyed is working on the college Values. When I was a student here I never appreciated how values are the essence of a college identity. Getting students involved has really opened my eyes as to how students expect to be treated in relation to each of the College’s Values. This task had its challenges but I think that’s what makes it exciting and worthwhile, for example approaching other students and staff to write down their thoughts on what each of the Values meant to them. I certainly gained fulfilment from working with the HIVE students and from the feedback I received, they definitely found the project beneficial and boosted their confidence as well as mine.
“I have also really enjoyed my time working in staff development, from being involved with CPD week in February to assisting Kevan Scade [Staff Learning and Development Technologist] in his learning technology roadshows. This is an area of HR I have always had a keen interest in and from getting a taster of what responsibilities the Staff Development team operate; it is definitely something I would like to pursue.
“In my time here I have been stretched and I feel ready now to embark on my next journey armed with new knowledge and skills. I have received a substantial amount of support and advice from many people I have met and work with.
“The variety of my internship has been great. My role is so diverse, meaning no one week is the same as the next. From all of the projects and campaigns I have been involved in, I have learned how to become a better communicator, more organised and my confidence has definitely flourished.
“Overall, I feel this internship has given me the foundations to continue on to my next adventure and I would like to thank the College for giving me this brilliant opportunity and would advise all graduates to go for an internship.”