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Receiving the call that I had been selected as one of the graduates who would be part of the PPS Graduate Internship Development Programme could not have come at a better time. After spending a few weeks at home, unemployment blues were beginning to creep in. As excited I was, the feeling was accompanied by anxiety because I did not want to waste this opportunity.
Regardless of the length of time that one is unemployed for, the loss of morale is one of the things that are guaranteed. This is why it was almost surreal that PPS had seen my potential and selected me for the role. I was one of the last graduates to join the programme, and with some of my colleagues having had somewhat of a “head start”, it almost felt like I made it just on time before the window of opportunity closed. I am grateful that with the calibre of graduates out in the job market, PPS saw me as a perfect fit.
My experience at the company is one I wish for every graduate starting their first job, where they would be part of an organisation with an open and accepting culture. The programme came as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that has not only invested in me through various forms of training and exposure, but also provided me with support for seamless integration into the business atmosphere. In addition, the support I’ve received from the division I am part of has been incredible. I have had the chance to grow and learn at a steady pace in a diverse yet conducive and professional environment whilst being allowed to question ideas and propose new ways of doing things.
It is even more rewarding for me as I have joined PPS during an interesting time characterised by changes and the business growth. Not only that, I am also proud to have evolved from the fearful girl I was when I walked through PPS’ doors at the beginning of 2017 to a confident young woman.
With just a few months left before the end of this year, one thing that has resonated with me through this experience is that you can have it all, just not all at once because timing is everything.