After completing a 2 week internship last summer, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to work alongside the wonderful Zircon team for another two weeks during Easter 2012. After the experiences I gained within my first internship I was delighted to work for Zircon again, and I was eager to get started.
From my first day back, I was immediately given projects that were consultancy based. This was extremely useful and gave me valuable insights into the project writing and analytic skills required within a consultancy role. One of the main projects I worked on during my internship was for an engineering company. Within this project I participated in a wide range of tasks including: providing definitions for the uses of assessment tools to be inputted onto an online matrix, mapping psychometric tools to the organisational competencies, and assisting in the development and preparation of best practice guides. This project has opened my eyes to the world of consulting and the standards which organisations need to follow in order to deliver best practice procedures when recruiting and selecting.
Talent Management Research
Another project that I extremely enjoyed within this two week period was assisting in the development of Zircon’s talent management research. This piece of research looks at how organisations perceive talent management. I assisted in the results section of this report and therefore was able to put some of the research skills I’ve developed into practice. I really enjoyed analysing the data obtained and assessing the different perceptions respondents have of talent management within their organisation.
These two weeks at Zircon have been extremely insightful and I am tremendously grateful to the whole Zircon team for making me feel welcome again. I immediately felt like I was part of the team again, it was as if I hadn’t even left last summer! Thank you to the whole Zircon team for making me feel so welcome and for helping me gain this invaluable experience.
This internship at Zircon will help me tremendously not only in completing my masters, but some of the skills I have acquired will stay with me throughout my career. I feel this internship has equipped me with many skills and given me an experience I’ll never forget.
Written by: Asha Pattni, Trainee Psychologist