Struckthroughpoints are completed
Boldpoints are in process
- Learn colleagues
- Draft a freestanding funding proposal
Draft up trail signage and position
Write up internal document of progress and further action
The last and final day today. I’m rather sad to be leaving. It feels as though I’ve been at Ryton a lot longer than just a measly three working weeks… yet the time has flown by very quickly. Such a strange paradoxical feeling. I’m sure I’m not alone in this as well when one’s enjoyed an activity. Truly goes to show how time is a very relative thing; in the immortal words of The Doctor “wibbly wobbly timey wimey”. It is a pity that the last few days, including today, have been rather dull and difficult to write about because it has been general admin paperwork and deliberately vague on details. I’ll make an apology to the reader now that – there are some days that just nothing really happened that worth detailing and only mention in passing.
I am also rather annoyed at myself, although little fault of my own, that I wasn’t able to redraft the freestanding funding application as per Roger’s request. I was told that I shouldn’t spend my free time post-internship to do this, as I had done what was asked of me and there is no need to do so in terms of having a document that reads better – as it is a still useable format.
I finished the internal document, which totalled 50 pages all told. I stayed until 7pm to do this as this was the priority of my time at Ryton and without it further work couldn’t continue. It was strange to be the last to leave the office; I hope in my future career this doesn’t become a common feeling!
I also had a debrief with Colette, where she followed the standard final interview given to outgoing long-term employees to review how I felt of my performance in terms of our initial aims and goals, and receive feedback on my work. The most notable piece of advice I received, which I’ve been long aware of, is that my 80% effort is everyone else’s 110% - in other words I should be able to scale back my effort so I don’t burn out in the long term; I have been long aware of this fact and it is conscious effort on my part to push myself a little bit more than necessary when it comes to temporary placements and work experience. As it shows, it gains me the recognition that I do feel I deserve. Among other comments was also the fact that I had made a very good name for myself on the workplace grapevine. The final comment made by Colette was that she was happy to write a review and future reference for me to give to any future employer. Of this I am very grateful and I do feel – and know for certain – that my efforts and work is hugely appreciated by all those at Ryton.