June 24th marked the beginning of vacations for all the school pupils. However, studying at the university, we had to wait a bit longer and face the exams first. Once we had put them behind us, we had a weekend to relax and prepare for joining Pearson IOKI on Monday, July 4.
For each of us that day was a big one. We were aware that we were joining a thriving company with thousands of users not only in Poland, but all around the world, too. All the worries were gone pretty quickly, as we were given a warm welcome into the company. Only during the elevator ride up we felt like guests. When we reached the 13th floor, Karolina was already waiting for us and there she gave us our personal IDs to make us feel more like part of the company … and we did.
We spent the first few days mostly at training sessions led by other employees. The trainings focused, among others, on the MyEnglishLab platform, Test-Driven Development, SCRUM, and the tools used in the company, like Git, Gerrit, and JIRA. The sessions were engaging and interesting, and they were made even better by the delicious snacks. We’d like to thank everyone involved in preparing those trainings for us. We’re aware that it meant an additional workload for our new colleagues who had to find time to prepare and carry out the trainings somewhere between their numerous regular tasks.
We think it’s worth noting that one member of our intern team is Michelle from Spain who joined us thanks to the cooperation with IAESTE – an association organizing foreign student internships for the students of technical studies. It makes us and the trainers communicate entirely in English, which perfectly matches the idea of Always Learning 🙂
After a week with the company, we recognized many more faces, and the integration event at the ropes course proved to be of great help. We’re happy it took place right after we had joined the team. Dealing together with our fears (of heights, mostly) and having lots of fun was great and let us meet people from the departments we don’t work with on a regular basis, like Content Creation and HR.
With two weeks of intensive training, four of us joined the teams of Brown Orcas, Memory Leak, Pile of Stones, and the New Student Experience project. The other five work together in the VPS Team on a new project simplifying registration for conferences and training courses. I think you should see the first results of their work soon.