October 1, 2019
Categorized: IBMer Stories | Students
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“Make mistakes and learn from them.” This is one of the key takeaways of Pyu Thit New, an application consultant intern who graduated with a Diploma in Business Enterprise IT from the Nanyang Polytechnic in 2019. In this interview, she shares about how her constant thirst for learning and not being afraid to commit mistakes became her fuel through challenges and eventually improve herself.
What was your role as an IBM intern?
As an application consultant intern, my job mainly revolves around the System Integration Testing (SIT) phase of the project throughout the three-month internship. It involves reviewing test cases, raising bugs and retesting the test cases, documentation and managing reports.
What was the application process like?
I underwent a few steps from phone interviews to a test. During the phone interview, I was very nervous as I had to be alert and to think on the spot. The call, however, went much smoother than I thought, as my interviewer was friendly and that helped to lessen my anxiety. The test was most probably the trickiest part. Eventually, I made it through the selection process and started my internship journey with IBM.
What is the most remarkable thing about your internship experience?
The learning process that I went through during this internship has taught me many skills that I was not able to obtain inside the classroom. My passion for what I do and the hunger to learn constantly help to keep me going through some challenges in my internship. One of the challenges was communicating with the offshore team in China. Thanks to this experience, I made an effort to start picking up Mandarin.
Can you tell us about your happiest moment at work?
Being in a small team means quality time and sharing during our lunch or tea breaks. These chats gave me an open perspective about the different paths of career and doors to different job opportunities. I am thankful as the people, the environment and the culture at IBM made up my happiest moments at work.
What type of support did you get in your internship?
This internship has been fruitful and fulfilling, thanks to my Industry Internship Mentor (IIM), Kyzer, who is patient and understanding. He would explain carefully and go through the tasks step by step to make sure I am on par with him. When we make mistakes as interns, we learn from them. If it was not for our mentor’s encouragement and support, I would not have enjoyed this internship as much.
How would you describe IBM’s work culture?
IBM believes in the quality of work produced rather than the quantity of working hours. This also means that the employees here are disciplined and have excellent time management for their projects on hand. I have learned to adapt to the working style and culture within a short time. It takes self-discipline to ensure that I am productive at work and complete the tasks at our own time.
Can you give future interns some advice for a successful internship experience?
Take initiative, do not be afraid to make mistakes, and always be willing to learn – all these will help you better yourself.
The IBM internship experience aims to provide students the opportunity to develop their skills in relevant and challenging roles with real-life job experience.