October 25, 2017

Upwards and onwards – Sintrex internship graduates looking back

by Tania du Plooy in General, Insights, Internship, News, Skills

One core aspect of the Sintrex culture is empowering employees.

The Sintrex Internship Programme not only upskills IT graduates but it also gives them insight into a professional IT environment, where they can learn and explore what it means to be an IT engineer.

After another successful intern cycle, we decided to explore what Sintrex staff (formerly interns)  had learned.

Employees learned the importance of hard work, prioritisation, time management, teamwork, perseverance, persistence and how to face new challenges.

“While I have learned many things in the year I interned for Sintrex, the main lesson has been that by trial-and-error we learn and grow – anything can be done, if we are determined enough to get it right and learn from our mistakes.

These lessons extended beyond mere work, as interns reported becoming more patient, understanding, organised and more balanced in work and life.

“As an introvert, I have developed social skills and became more social with everyone I’m working with, and the new people I meet.

“Prior experience does not determine who or what you are.

“It is all about your ability to adapt to the new situation that has been presented to you within the structure of the business, and sometimes the hardest lesson that one needs to learn is not to be a slave to conformity but to re-invent oneself to the task and opportunities that have been given to you.

Getting a head start in the IT industry

The Sintrex internship programme was launched in 2016 with the goal of creating a talent pipeline of potential employees, either for Sintrex or other ICT companies in Africa.

The interns report that Sintrex’s programme “just felt right” to them:

“I applied for the internship because it was a great opportunity to learn and grow in an IT environment; this is a one in a million opportunity, and I would not say no to a career-changing move.

They said that the programme is well-constructed and executed, and offered a professional working environment, as well as opportunity for career growth.

Some were informed about the opportunity from friends who worked at Sintrex and had experienced the advantages of the internship first-hand.

“I was happy; I decided to apply for the internship, as my friend suggested, because I’m doing the work that I always wanted to do, while learning every day and loving the work I do even more.

Of the best experiences of the internship, many of the interns commented on the great company culture, saying that it is great to “work with such an awesome diverse group of people”, and to “enjoy a braai with colleagues that you can call friends.”

“You get to socialise on a casual level with everyone in the company, even the CEO… Not many companies offer that.

Working at Sintrex

The social structure of the company allows for better teamwork, the interns reported.

“It is easier to understand one another on a professional level, if you have a personal understanding of how everyone in your team works.”

While work is fast-paced, it is also fun and offers an environment to learn and grow, with many senior staff happy to provide guidance.

“Every single environment you work in within Sintrex, will always have the best personalities to learn from, and there is a type of family bond that you start to grow with the colleagues around you.

“Sintrex is a very professional company and will always treat one another with respect and dignity.

All new staff are looking forward to their careers at Sintrex, saying that they expect to grow, both in their careers and in their personal lives.

“I look forward to a career where I can continue to study, with the freedom to explore my options of what interests me most in IT.

Interested in a Sintrex internship?

For those interested in a Sintrex internship, the graduates affirm that “if you are interested, you cannot go wrong – if this is your passion and interest, Sintrex is the perfect place to start your career and learn the ropes in a corporate and professional environment.”

The interns were impressed by how much Sintrex dedicates to them, saying, “They truly invest in one’s career.”

“Do not even second-guess your decision to apply for the internship at Sintrex, as it will give you more than you ever expected.

“To become part of the Sintrex team is rewarding with the social events and all-round atmosphere within the company.

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