Practice is a fundamental area of learning which enables students to integrate the concepts taught in school with real life problems. Whereas academic education is important, the inability to merge the concepts taught in class with real life events can make it irrelevant. In order to avert this catastrophe, educationists all over the world have established internship as a major aspect of their academic training. In my 60 hours of the internship program, I have been able to learn important academic, business, and social skills. Overly, the training has changed my perception on the importance and role of education. Notably, since I started the internship program, I no longer see academic training as simply a means of getting qualifications and certificates to earn an office job. Rather, I view education as an instrument that spurs an individual’s creativity, talent, and skills in solving everyday challenges.
In general, the internship program has taught me many skills such as how to analyze financial records, make a budget, review journals, evaluate tender documents, assess accounting records, financial management skills, and customer care service. In addition to this, I have also learned to use the Sage accounting software. Importantly, this software has shown me how businesses harness technology to make their work easier.
To begin with, I started my internship program in the accounting department. Importantly, this department showed me all the activities in each section of the organization. In part, this revelation was possible since all financial records in the company are approved by it. During my time in the accounting department, I also learned how to prepare financial records, review journals, and the budgeting process. Basically, the business ensures that its financial records are well prepared by ensuring that all sales are accompanied by an official receipt. On the same note, all supplies have an invoice, a delivery note, and an order document. Noteworthy, the business makes purchases only from companies that have been approved by the tendering board to avoid fraud and corruption.
After spending a day at the accounting department, my supervisor transferred me to the procurement section. Importantly, it is in this department that I learned how the company makes purchases. In general, the business first develops a budget, which guides it on the essentials that it will require in its operations. Once it has developed the budget, the company’s chief account presents it to the board of directors who approve or reject it. An approved budget acts as the guide through which the enterprise requests suppliers to issue tender documents for the budgeted goods. In summary, the suppliers pay a non-refundable commitment fee of $75. In turn, they are given permission to apply for various tenders. Later, they deposit these documents in the tender box. On the tender box opening date, all tenders are evaluated on the financial and non-financial basis. Subsequently, the tender committee announces the most appropriate suppliers.
Notably, since the tender committee is the only one that oversees this procedure, I was unable to actively participate in the tender process. Nonetheless, my supervisor taught me how the entire process is conducted. In addition to this, she also showed me the tender box and unfilled tender documents. Having qualified to supply various products, the suppliers deliver products that meet the specifications they had described in the tenders. Importantly, a delivery note and an invoice document usually accompany these products. If the products are of the quality and quantity the supplier has described in the quotation and delivery note, the company accepts them, otherwise, the procuring officer rejects some or all of them.
My first few days in the internship program were rather challenging. In part, this was due to my lack of knowledge on what I was expected to do. Moreover, in the beginning, I found the internship boring, which made me not to meet my supervisor’s expectations. Nevertheless, she understood my weakness and gave me ample time to learn and improve my skills. Currently, I have learned most of my duties and the company’s culture. Consequently, I am now able to do most of the duties without asking for support. On the same breath, since I am hardworking and have a positive attitude, most employees are normally willing to assist me when I have any challenges. In effect, this has made my internship program enjoyable.
Currently, I have knowledgeable about the company’s since my supervisor has given me an in-depth training on all its operations. In turn, I am now an important resource for the organization. For instance, I was able to sell some of the business’ products to new customers when I was in the marketing department. In addition to this, I have also stood in for an employee who fell sick while at work. In essence, this enabled the business to continue all its operations without facing the inefficiencies caused by a shortage of employees. Nonetheless, I have also being confronted with various challenges when working for the company. Generally, when the business has a big order, all employees are forced to work overtime. However, since I have never being employed, I find this task to be overwhelming and challenging.
Simply put, my 60 hours of internship have opened my eyes to the importance and relevance of education. Overly, I have learned that education is a tool through which individuals gain skills that they may harness in solving their ordinary day challenges. Actually, this way of thinking is contrary to my past belief that education is a means of getting appropriate certificates for various job opportunities. Prudently, I now seek to learn new skills that will enable me to come up with innovative ways of solving various issues in my community.