The morning after a 24-week journey

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.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | StarHub Green at Ubi + huge barren land

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | StarHub Green at Ubi + huge barren land

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. 🙂

Screen shot | BIG_MOUSE | Google News (telcos)

Screen shot | BIG_MOUSE | Google News (telcos)

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.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Free 3-month StarHub Cable TV Trial

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Free 3-month StarHub Cable TV Trial

Before I end this,

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | If undelivered...

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | If undelivered…

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.

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Counting down from Week 6.5

Time really passes so fast. My snack supplies in the cubicle are dwindling, my table is getting messier by the day and they are letting me take on more responsibilities now. But…

Out of 24 weeks, only 6.5 weeks are left. 6.5 weeks to my final summer break. 6.5 weeks to the end of internship. 6.5 weeks to pure rest that I am going to enjoy without any commitment to any organisation. 24 weeks is too short and yet too long to bear.

The phrase “work until you die” will apply to me in about a years’ time. No more school holidays, no more summer breaks, no more children’s day. I will only get to enjoy public holidays and about 10+ days of leave per year depending on the company that I tie myself to.

The future is so uncertain, just like how SG’s General Elections were just a few days ago. No one knows the future, and no one knows the exact events that may happen seconds, minutes and hours from now. A freak result at the elections would have unsettled many, but a freak result in my own life would have dire consequences that I myself will have to bear. I have only about a year left to plan the next phase of life where I have to leave the shelter and security of SG’s educational institutions.

Life. Issues. Troubles. Plans. Future. Uncertainty. But at least I know I have an unchanging God on my side, walking behind, before and beside me.

An intern with StarHub: Day 1

I just realised this today. It is not Starhub, it is not starhub, it is not STARHUB. It is spelt, StarHub, with the ‘S’ and the ‘H’ capitalised. Weird? But cool!.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | StarHub Green: The Address

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | StarHub Green: The Address

First day. After 40 mins on 222 and 24, I reached 67 Ubi Avenue 1. There was no direct pathway from the bus stop near MacPherson Circle Line station. Thanks to Andre, I was somewhat prepared as to the whereabouts of the shortcuts. I decided to take the one along the canal. This ‘shortcut’ (more like a long detour) took like 10 minutes man. The other ‘shortcut’ is through the temple near the Caltex station.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Unglam way to reach StarHub Green
Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Unglam way to reach StarHub Green

Arrived at 8.25am. Half-an-hour early. Went around exploring the reception/lobby. The huge screen is like wow. My eyes couldn’t decide which screen to stare at. wahaha.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | StarHub's HUGE video wall near the reception

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | StarHub's HUGE video wall near the reception

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | The reception area, again...

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | The reception area, again...

This doesn’t even look like an office man. The walls are so colourful with pictures, televisions all over. The designers managed to find ways to spam the mission statements and values along almost every wall without being cheesy.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | H.A.P.P.Y isn't just about being happy.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | H.A.P.P.Y isn't just about being happy.

And yes, every single poster, drawing, illustration, image, etc etc are there to inspire and motivate employees. I’m really quite pleasantly surprised that the top management is so willing to spend so much on their internal stakeholders. Very impressive, I must say. Who wouldn’t want an office space to be colourful, bright and cheery.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Annual Report 2009
Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Annual Report 2009

I spent the majority of my 1st day at work reading up about StarHub via their intranet, their corporate website, and their collaterals (annual reports, official publications, telescope, etc). 2009’s annual report looks quite awesome till the financial statements part. 🙂

I’m officially a StarHubber (yea, we are not just employees) for the next 23 weeks and 6 days. Sadly, I am not eligible for many of the awesome staff benefits (loads of huge huge discounts on StarHub services, boooooo! haha). Shall have more photos really really soon.

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