Experience invaluable

Yan Han’s internship has helped her to develop skills that will prove useful in future

Yan Han at the International Student Awards

About Yan

Name: Yan Han
Age: 35
School/institution: WellingtonNZ (intern)
Home city/country: Beijing, China

Yan Han, of China, took up a 10-week internship with WellingtonNZ to co-manage the 2020 Wellington International Student Excellence Awards.

Yan talks about her experience

I was very lucky to join the WellingtonNZ team to co-manage the awards held last September and I’ve gained valuable work experience from my internship.

The internship has significantly improved my knowledge of event management and left me with skills that will be useful throughout my career. I learnt from the experience that a thorough plan was the foundation of organising a successful event.

We planned both in-person and online events for the first time to accommodate different Covid alert levels and they both went very well. The experience also taught me to think creatively to make it work better.

Just as we used jars with nature plants and fairy lights to decorate the venue for the event, they were a highlight and made the event memorable.

The internship has significantly improved my knowledge of event management and left me with skills that will be useful throughout my career

I also met some challenges during my internship. Firstly, it was a full English working environment that I’ve never experienced before. I felt nervous at the beginning because I was afraid to make mistakes.

However, WellingtonNZ was like a family. Everyone was kind to help me to get involved. Sarah [Grant], my supervisor, is an awesome and talented woman that supported me and made me more confident in my job.

For me, it was not easy to communicate with stakeholders, being the same thing needed different perspectives and words for different audiences. I managed to overcome the difficulty by learning communication methods from other staff and practicing it in my work. I believe it is a longterm skill I’ve gained from constantly practicing.

Lastly, my tips for future interns - be confident and believe you can handle the job well.

Secondly, keep learning and accumulating the knowledge from the work which will make you stronger in the future.

And last but not least, enjoy the time working with lovely people, like I have at WellingtonNZ.

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