The monday after. No need to wake up at 7.10am, even though I did just that today (*takes out battery from the clock in my body*). I can just relax at home for a while before FYP’s engine starts again.
It’s been quite a challenging yet exciting experience at this large green building. I started out as a theory-filled novice with totally no working experience in the public relations or corporate communications industry. All I had was just theories, frameworks and experiences from others in the industry. I was a greenhorn (haha, pun intended).
24 weeks on, I have improved greatly with the patient guidance from my organisation supervisor and colleagues. As I started filling up with more practical knowledge, I was tasked with much more responsibilities and followed through more queries, media releases and tasks from the start, right to the end. I was then able to understand the whole process from receiving a query, getting information from the respective departments and personnel, crafting a reply, getting approvals, communicating with reporters and to finally seeing the published queries or articles.
There were events to attend to, marketing/publicity materials to come up with, media invites, media releases, FAQs and speeches to draft, product launches, press conferences, CSR initiatives, media monitoring, etc. So many things to do, so many things to learn in PR. And oh, I will so miss receiving emails from Google Alerts with links to weird articles about the telecommunication industry. 🙂
This process of learning in a corporate organisation was enhanced because of the conducive working environment at StarHub Green with supportive colleagues who were more than willing to impart knowledge and information. I was given countless opportunities to contribute my opinions and ideas freely and to assist my colleagues who supported StarHub’s different lines of business (Mobile, Cable TV, Broadband, Fixed Networks, Investor Relations, Community Relations, etc).
I am delighted to be part of the Corp Comm & Investor Relations family who treated me as one of their own. And PR/CC is still as fun as it is on academic papers.
On a random note: What a nice way to end the internship; with a free 3-month Cable TV trial from StarHub. I am sure that this has nothing to do with me leaving StarHub, but the coincidence is rather interesting. HAHA! At last, after countless years, I have free 3 basic groups for 3 months. And of course who can forget the Hub Club discounts for my family’s mobile and broadband contracts. Just nice for this summer break.
Before I end this,
This will remain undelivered for about a year, and will only be redelivered (hopefully) when I am done with formal education. The future, no one knows. The future, I am trusting that God will pave the way even though everything’s still clouded in mystery. Bye bye internship, hello 1.5 months of rest.