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When we change the way we communicate
we change the society.
- Clay Shirky -

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       These words have not been easy for me to write. The troubles started right from the attempt to synthesize all the worth of experiences in several months with a few short paragraphs. Even more challenging, this post marks the end of my internship here and It’s also a goodbye to all great people.
In the past few days, I have been preparing for my departure, and here is what I felt during 3 months in Officience…
My internship at Officience has taught me more than I could have imagined. As the Marketing Intern, I felt a variety of my tasks here. It’s really hard to remember everything I’ve taken in over the past 3 months, but I feel these were some of the most valuable lessons I have learned.

My first great step!
Internship can be viewed as the first step on our career path. Reality indicates that very few university students really know what they want to do and it does not seem important to them until facing with troubles in their careers. A sudden change from learning environment to working environment, I’ve known deeply how hard it was, and that’s why I believe that a reasonable transition for students such as internship is necessary.
And what can I tell you about my first step…? Here it is…
A great workspace can be satisfied anyone from the first sight. Friendliness is everywhere and It’s very easy to make friend with anyone. And my job… It’s not too harsh to put a lot of pressure on me and It’s not also too easy to make me feel boring. Challenging myself with completely strange jobs that I’ve never done before is an exciting feeling. Making mistakes is accepted but I need to know how to resolve it for the next time and never let it recur again. For anyone who wants to join a big family not a company, Officience is a great choice!

I’m not alone !
My department here is Community and Engagement or C.E.
When I took this position, I felt that I couldn’t orientate my career path clearly
and I lacked confidence about what I could do and what I am really good at. My internship has definitely given me a better understanding of my skills; what I need to improve; how is a real working environment and what happens in a office…but most importantly, I’ve understood what is called  team ?That is…..We can’t complete any task perfectly without teammate’s supports. From the beginning I had no idea about what I could do, the speed of adaptation is something really important and It hasn’t grown fast if you went alone. Fortunately, I had more what I had expected before. The way people treat each other like in a family and I could feel it. Whenever I felt stuck, I immediately got help from the others without any complain so I was grateful about this. It sounds great if you can have colleagues like them.

How to behave in the office !
This is my first position in an office atmosphere. I didn’t know exactly what to expect.The environment here as I felt is quite relaxed but taught me how to behave in the workplace. Simply working in the office, trying to smile with everyone and help them whenever you can. It’s not about being forced, It should be a habit. By observing daily activities in office, the way people talk each other, how to give an opinion in a meeting and how people can come together to get things done, I’ve learned more about teamwork and suitable behaviors in the workplace-what I should/shouldn’t do. “Remember to always be friendly, work hard, and ask questions” is my own experience that I had from this internship. This is an excellent preparation for any new position of me in the future.

I have to improve more !
I realized a reality what I’ve learnt at school is not enough for a real job and I need to improve more. The illusion of Certificate is common thinking of fresh-graduate students. I also had the same thinking before I recognized that’s simply a paranoia. I’ve seen my deficiency litle by litle, a plenty of thing that I need to learn. Making mistakes show me a lot of things, sometime I just took action base on my personal opinions and worldview, It’s real hard for me to accept an idea from outsight even It’s right. I’ve understood that’s the biggest mistake of me at this time and It’s the main reason hinders me. I need to be more open-minded if I don’t want to be backward. I’ve understood that I can not be satisfied by my ability,need to be willing to receive comments from the others to be better. No one is perfect, don’t compare and try my best !

   As I leave, I want to thank anyone who has been reading my blog, and I would like to say “thank you” to everyone here at Officience who has helped me. This has truly been a great learning experience and I will always be grateful for those who gave me a hand here. Thanks everyone, thank for your handshakes; your smiles; your “hello”…and everything…
I hope that great things always come to all of you.

-Hoang Vu HO

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