Impossible to Succeed?

In England by Eller Student

Each day of my second and third weeks at Country Factor started out very similarly. I would come in at 9:15am and start working on projects that I had been assigned the previous day. My boss would not appear until around mid-day, and occasionally I would not see him the entire day. This made feedback on my progress very difficult.

My focus switched from the crowd-funding site’s business plan to organizing the Botswana Mining Conference. I was essentially cold-calling potential speakers and sponsors for the conference. I was tasked with calling the personal cell of the Botswana Chamber of Mines multiple times, and I accompanied my boss to a meeting with the Ambassador of Lesotho. These were actually a few high-level experiences. What I really learned was it is almost impossible to work with anyone in the government. Sadly, the conference I organized was postponed for at least a month because the Minister of Mines could not attend.

The previous paragraph may make my internship sound “interesting.” It may be interesting, but I became very discouraged because it was impossible to succeed at even one of the multitude of projects I was given. My fellow interns could not bear my bosses condescending, rude, and overly demanding persona. I worked with and witnessed eight interns quit during my nine working days.

My work culture is also different from British stereotypes in many ways. I worked on projects synchronically, which I didn’t mind., except for the fact that I wasn’t assigned to something long enough to fully carry it out before my boss wanted me to work on his next big idea. The culture also varied in that we in no way followed the “don’t be too earnest” rule. It was always full speed ahead. Due to my boss’s absence during the day, the minimal on the job feedback, and his disrespectable management style, I will be starting a placement at London Mutual Credit Union next week.