The Renovations

In England by Eller Student

Matthew A. Powell

Mr. Villiers-Stuart

Journal Entry #2

Group B- Arizona Eller

5/7/13

Journal Entry #2

The Renovations

            My second week of work at AVOTRA provided me with great opportunities to grow my general business acumen. Mr. Kelly, my supervisor, assigned me the task of renovating the entire upstairs office. This was exciting, yet intimidating since I had worked remotely the previous week of my internship and did not yet know his management style. I was sure that Mr. Kelly trusted me since he had given me this opportunity to complete by Wednesday. The last thing I wanted to do was let him down with completing this task.

Immediately after the task was assigned to me, I formatted a game plan for the week in my notebook. This way I would be able to show Mr. Kelly the schedule whenever he requested it. I decided to take notes on what worked well and what did not when trying to instruct the painters, networker, and carpenters on how to complete the tasks that Mr. Kelly assigned to me. I found that communication and ensuring that both parties where on the same page was key. By checking up on the contractors every half hour, asking them if they had any questions, or if they needed anything from me, they were more focused in completing the tasks on time since they knew that I was engaged. Wednesday approached rapidly, but thanks to effective time management and note keeping I was able to complete the renovation successfully.

I believe this week provided a valuable opportunity from which I learned key some management skills that I will be able to use with jobs in the future. The pros of the week were that I found that keeping a journal of all details of the job is key to clear communication between my supervisor, as well as, the contractors. The main challenge of the week was to balance keeping updated with the contractors and making sure they were on track while not appearing to be nosey or overbearing. I would like more opportunities to find the “right balance” between this in the future. While at first I thought this internship was not what I desired, I am starting to believe that while challenging, it will prove to pay off in the long run. I look forward to what challenges Mr. Kelly has in store for me in the following weeks.