Before starting my internship, I did not consider work culture to be an essential component for job. After having the chance to meet a lot of kind, considerate, and genuinely nice people at my workplace, I realize that having a positive work culture is something that I need to consider in the future. Being able to arrive at a place where everyone pays attention to me and asks how I’m doing is something I didn’t expect to encounter as an unpaid intern this year; nevertheless, I am lucky enough that everyone I work with spends time showing me how their jobs work and spends time getting to know me. My employer values positivity and always believing that others have good intentions. I think these are important qualities for a workplace to have, and I am happy my workplace makes these qualities a priority for employees. For me, I think effective communication and respect are also important in a workplace. Even if I didn’t have the best ideas, I would want my colleagues to respect me. I think that would help me grow professionally.
The physical workplace environment is small, yet it has a feeling of positivity. Since I work for a newer department that will grow in a few years, there is limited office space currently. This is not as bad as it could be since many people spend most of their time working outside of the office. I am not entirely sure what my work style is, however, I feel like I have adapted to the work style environment well. Since it is small, it is not overwhelming, and I kind of have an idea about what everyone is working on most of the time. I am not sure if this is the style I will start my career in, since the career I want to go into does not typically take place in this style of setting.
Unfortunately, I am not able to share pictures because I don’t want to compromise patient information (because my internship is in healthcare) or break the confidentiality contract I signed.