Who: Nur Selim
What: 16-month internship as a Corporate Commodity Management Associate
Where: Celestica Corporation
When: May 3, 2010 to September 2, 2011
How: Ryerson’s Industrial Internship Program (IIP) offers several opportunities for students which incorporates the network between companies and our university. The internship positions from several companies have been sent to our Ryerson email accounts. So, this has led me to be informed about these positions. Therefore, using the contact information of the hiring company, I have submitted my cover letter and resume. After the application process, it is always beneficial to do a background research before applying and as well as prior to the interview to get an insight about the hiring company. Previous research before application is beneficial to understand how this position would fit this field of engineering, which should also cover to answer relevant questions about the company and their name in the industry. The interview is the essential step leading to the first impression with your employer within the time frame that consists of several questions testing communication skills and technical questions as well.
Why: I believe that choosing the option of doing an internship was really one of the best decisions I have ever made so far, which has sharpen my view of the future. During these 16 months, I have gained technical experience as well as added more experience in terms of working ethics in a corporate environment. I believe I had a very strong background in order to make decisions about my future whether it would be to shift between different experiences within the supply chain department. This year has shown me that I much prefer dealing with unknowns, and using any skill possible to achieve the most accurate forecast. This goal seems to fit very well into forecasting pricing within supply chain management. The exposure to the many departments of a company helped, but these 16 months have really allowed me to get to know myself, such as the preferences I have with work. These preferences shape what I hope to do in the future, which is to work in a flexible environment where things are constantly changing and challenges continue to present themselves.
I have gained many skills since I entered Celestica, which can be classified as technical skills, general knowledge, and professional skills. With regards to general knowledge, I have learned much of the corporate world, and specifically the history and ‘inner-workings’ of Celestica. Managers provided us with information regarding things such as price engineering, supply chain, and many others. I consider these to be general knowledge as I have had no practical practice on it, but it is valuable knowledge which gives me a headstart in the future if I ever dive into those fields. We were also taught of the background of Celestica, and how it came to be. We were also taught about different memory components as well as being exposed to several commodities that we needed to know about, and how to distinguish between them, depending on their description. With reference to professional skills, communication with managers was a very important skill I have gained. Communication can be seen as very simple, but also as very complicated. Using proper mannerism and tone can make a big difference on the message you are trying to convey. Knowing to keep your managers posted on your progress without being asked is something I did not know before my time at Celestica.
Also, teamwork skills were improved as I was always working in a team throughout this term. A last point I must make is learning to be independent. Within school, problems are well defined and if not, professors will clarify when needed. This is very different in a professional work environment. Tasks are given to you, and you are expected to figure things such as processes to accomplish them yourself. We are no longer held by the hand by educational professionals and told everything necessary to accomplish the task.
Throughout this internship, I learned many skills, and whether they be technical or professional, I believe both will be invaluable in the future. I hope to bring these skills into the workplace when I graduate, and allow me to have a headstart on my competition with regards to adapting to the professional environment.
Overall, I can say that this internship experience was valuable, and allowed to me to gain both knowledge of the workplace, and more importantly, learn more about myself. These 16 months have been both a learning experience and enjoyable, allowing me to meet people of many different personalities and broadening my horizons and views of the workplace. I appreciate the opportunity presented to me by Celestica and the Ryerson’s Industrial Internship Program (IIP).