Yoli's World

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Approaching the end of my internship

It has been two months and couple days since I started my internship at the AICC. I have learned so many things in such a short space of time and I can safely say I was destined to do my internship with the AICC. I feel as though the time was very short for my stay because there are projects that I am involved in that I would like to stay till the completion of the projects. I have only four weeks left and I already feel sad because the AICC is my second home.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Taking full responsibility for my actions

Lat week I was asked to send out the AICC with another intern whose job is to send out the mailing list. I told myself that it was her job to send out thing like invitations, newsletter reports and so on so let me let her do her job. After a couple of minutes I am called in to the CEO’s office and get reprimanded for doing sending out a cover note without closure.

I was very upset and not to mention embarrassed because in the first place it was my first time sending out the Newsletter and I did not know how it was done. I apologised to my CEO and promised that it will never happen again. I kept telling myself that it is her fault because it was her job to send out things to the clients who are in our mailing list and she should have known better. When I got home I reassessed the situation and discovered it was really my fault because I am the one who is responsible for the Newsletter and I should have made sure that it was sent out the proper way. Besides I also have to find out how our database works so that in future when I am asked to send out something like an invitation and so on I know how to do it. Therefore I am taking full responsibility for the carelessness.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Research about the DRC

These days I feel as though I have purpose in life, compared to six months ago. My CEO asked me to put together a research about a mining company that was involved in aiding rebels in DRC. I am very pleased about this challenge and I have already started reading extensively about the situation in the DRC. My challenge is to produce a properly put together research that will impress my CEO. By the way I have received a good response about the AICC newsletter and I am very proud of myself.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Stupid mistakes

Finally the newsletter for July is done and completed, but this does not lighten my work load, especially now that one of our interns has completed her internship and went back home to Canada. It was a pleasure knowing her, she was a hard working person who strived for perfection and I must say I learned a lot from her even though I worked with her for only six weeks. I must say I am enjoying the challenges that I get here at the AICC even though sometimes I feel like most of the mistakes I make are very stupid and unnecessary. For example I was supposed to send out the newsletter as an attachment, at the end of the email I forgot to put the closure in or should I say the AICC signature I was very upset with myself for being so careless, but hey the damage is already done.

Thursday, July 06, 2006


I was very honoured to attend the workshop on Sustainability Reporting with my CEO. He subsequently asked to write a report on that so that it can be sent to the relevant parties. I was nervous because I don’t trust myself; I guess everybody knows that by now.

In any way the workshop went fine and it was very interesting. The report is not out yet but any one who is interested in the outcomes of the workshop or the report should email me and I will send it to them.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Short cuts

The news letter that I was working on got sent back in order for me to make corrections. I had left out some stuff because it was beyond my control, I could not get much information on the issues I was suppose to report on and my deadline had arrived so I decided to leave that few information out. Now I am back to being under pressure because I still have a few deadlines in addition to the correction that I have to make. All in all, the newsletter is not bad for a first timer like me, I was expecting a lot corrections that I needed to make but to my surprise it was just minor issues. I think that next time when I am required to make another newsletter I will do a better job because I know what I have to do and I know my colleagues a little better so it is going to be easier to request information from them.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Relief at last

Finally I completed the newsletter that I had to put together, I feel so relieved but not completely. I am not completely relieved because my supervisor has yet to look at it and I hope that she likes it because I worked so hard on it despite the fact that I had no experience in putting together a newsletter before. Whatever happens I told myself that I am hear to learn so I have to take whatever criticism she is going to give me.

In the meantime can any of you assist me with a list of NGOs from Johannesburg and Cape Town? I am assisting someone to put together an n invitation for the workshop of corporate social responsibility. Your input will be greatly appreciated.