Bittersweet moment – the last day of my Internship

The big day has finally arrived! L It is with mixed emotions that I say goodbye to all my colleagues. The tasks given to me by them have helped expose me to the practical side of my studies. I have become friends with some of them and will miss them a lot. At the same time, I am grateful for the experience Meropa Communications has given to me.

Months spent here have been exciting and challenging, with lots of need to prioritise work and school activities and learning new things every day. This experience wouldn’t have been as thrilling if it wasn’t for the awesome colleagues I have worked closely with – encouraging me to ask questions where I don’t understand. They were all kind and friendly from day one. They made sure that I am always on my toes. I can assure them that indeed I am no longer the same person who didn’t have a clue of the practical side of PR. The same goes to the HR Manager, Lauren Jackson, who saw potential in me during my interview for this internship.

This morning, we wrapped our last episode of the interns (, aiming to tell our story, using our experience and to show other aspiring PR professionals how agencies operate. I have to admit that I have been trying hard to not think of this day. During our shoot with the visual team, that’s when reality kicked in. Sadly, now I understand the true meaning of “all things come to an end”.

I would like to take this opportunity also to thank the CEO Peter Mann, for allowing me to enhance my skills at his company. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have gained this experience. May he continue to provide learning opportunities for other students who need to be exposed to and learn in an actual work environment.

I am very grateful to have something that makes goodbye so difficult. Thank you all for making my internship journey a success!

Giving back to the community in honour of Mandela Month

I was privileged to be one of the people chosen to visit sick children at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital -as a representative of Meropa Communications and JNPR. It was a humbling and emotional experience that I will never forget.

In preparation for the visit, staffers spent 67 minutes creating colourful posters cialis prix au quebec with “get well soon” messages in an effort to bring some cheer to the sick kiddies. Here’s the link to the posters that the staffers have created It was an awesome, different session as we all had to show our creativity –

from management to the junior staff.

The day before the visit, we prepared party packs for the children. I was in seventh heaven because I knew that they were going to love them and also for the fact that we as Meropa Communications and JNPR, were making a difference in their lives – making sure that they had a reason to smile.

When we got to the hospital we were well received by the staff. We went to each and every ward to hand the children their party packs and drawings. They were so happy and their smiles were out of this world. I was very happy when I heard them say “thank you” and “please come again next time”.

The day after our visit, the Public Relations Practitioner at the hospital sent us an email thanking us for cheering up the children and brightening their day. “You are a blessing to all those children who have to spend some time in hospital. You may not know how much we appreciate the support. Warm regards to all at Meropa and JNPR.” said the PRP.

This made me realise that giving back should not only be in the form of money. There are many people who need love and support. An hour spent with someone can make a difference. Also, companies should see the need to contribute to the community and make a difference through CSI (Corporate Social Investment).

The importance of doing an internship before graduating

When I found out during my second year that in order for me to graduate, I was required to complete an internship at any accredited company, I peligros del viagra was not happy at all. In fact, I saw that as a punishment by our lecturers since other courses were not requiring students to do an internship. Little did I know that our lecturers only wanted what’s best for us – to be exposed to and gain experience from an actual work environment.

Throughout my journey here at Meropa Communications, I have realized that an internship is where all things learnt in the classroom become reality. It is

through an internship that you will gain hands on experience that is beyond the classroom. For example, in Public Relations (theory) we are taught ways of how to write an effective press release. But it is through an internship where you discover exactly what they mean by ‘effective’, and some strategies you will have to learn and adopt only when you are exposed to the practical side of what you are studying. Also, getting experience is a great way to build your confidence before graduating.

I often heard my classmates saying that they are not sure if PR is the right career for them. I have realized that when doing an internship before graduating, you have the opportunity to test your future career. It is only through an internship where you will know surely whether you have made the wrong or right decision in choosing a career.

If that’s not enough, internships are a great way for networking opportunities. When you are working, you are exposed to all kinds of people who might help you or even give you the right contacts of people whom they know will surely help you. Also, they will help your CV to stand out in terms of references since they will be people who are in the industry.

There are also some challenges involved with doing an internship when still a student, but they can be overcome through tips I will discuss in my next blog. Watch out for it.

The challenges of working and studying at the same time

Although an internship has provided an opportunity for me to be exposed to the practical side of what I am studying, also helping me gain experience, there are some challenges I have felt and have come up with some tips on how to overcome them.

My first months here at Meropa Communications were hectic since I was not used to working and being a student at the same time. Working for eight hours a day, coming back to res, spending five or more hours doing schoolwork, then sleeping for few hours was not something I was used to. In fact I was always sick in the beginning because my body was not used to that routine.

As months went by, I’ve learnt that the only way to survive is to embark on a journey of prioritizing my life – making choices of what to do and what not to do. I had to learn not to do everything at once, as it was impossible. I had to learn to prioritise the tasks that are urgent and important. At work, on a daily basis, I write down the most important things that I have to do in my diary (to-do list). When I am done with them, I tick them off. There is no greater feeling acheter cialis generique than managing to finish a task on time.

I now apply the same technique to my academics. I had to limit my leisure activities to weekends. I have realized that time management is also important.

We all have many things to do. In fact I always wonder how my colleagues who are married with kids manage to survive. Guess levitra vs viagra org it all comes down to good time management and prioritising!