Six short weeks ago I started my journey at tillr, as an intern from across the pond. My school provided us with countless sessions that were aimed at preparing us for participating in an international internship, but I still had no idea what to expect and felt a bit intimidated by the idea. Now, six weeks later, this has turned out to be one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.
Being a member of the tillr team was truly a great experience. The team welcomed me with open arms and made me instantly feel like part of the group. I also felt as though they truly valued my opinion. On one of my first days working here, they were already asking me to be part of a vote to make a decision. A few weeks later, I went with the team to look at a new office building they will be moving into after I am gone, yet they still asked for my opinion.
In addition, my site supervisor, Jamie, was very accommodating and made sure that I knew the work I was doing was valuable and appreciated by the whole team. Everyone at tillr works extremely hard and they are all so determined and focused on their job. It was a great experience to be part of a team that cares so much about what they are doing and are all working towards a common goal.
Now, being from America, I was warned of a few cultural differences, which I mostly thought were just stereotypes. However, I’ve learned from this experience that they are mostly true! Firstly, I never realized how much people here actually love their tea. Every time I walked into the kitchen, there was someone making a new cup of tea, no matter what time of day it was.
Also, British humor is another difference. It’s pretty sarcastic and at first, I was a little slow to pick up on the jokes. Fast forward six weeks though and I think I’ve got the hang of it! The atmosphere in the office was always really pleasant and a fun, energetic working environment. Lastly, “cheers” is used so often and is pretty much acceptable to use whenever, with so many different meanings that I can’t even keep track of.
My time at tillr has gone by way too fast and I am so sad it is coming to an end. I am so thankful to have been able to work for such a great group of people and learn so much in such little time. From doing things like data mining and learning how to use programs like Photoshop and Illustrator to gaining knowledge on not only a whole new industry but also an entire new culture, my experience at tillr was truly a great one and I am very grateful for the tillr team. Cheers!