Not only has working with the talent engagement team given me experience of working in a complex and evolving environment, but on a broader scale I have gained an appreciation of change when looking at an overview of Opencast’s growth, doubling in size in the last 12 months from 100-200 people.
The initial ambition for 2022 was to double in size again, however, Opencast is already ahead of schedule to hit this target. There is no doubt this growth has exposed me to the importance of managing change effectively within a business. The talent engagement team has doubled in size since I began my internship.
Originally, I was the only talent engagement co-ordinator, but with such dramatic growth, the company has recently recruited another team member who works alongside me. When he initially joined, I was tasked to mentor him and redesign the co-ordination strategy to suit both of us.
This role has enhanced my employability further by allowing me to build upon my leadership skills. In addition, the responsibility of being a mentor to a new employee also has also helped my ability to acknowledge the needs of other team members, not only from a technical perspective but from a cultural/behavioural stance and personal matters.
One specific target I was interested in was to improve my awareness of critical and creative thinking. I have been asked to lead numerous operation and strategy related projects in my placement year.