Wednesday, 31 July 2013

All caterpillars are butterflies on the inside: an intern's view of working at TDX Group

Spot the odd one out – 1) Bungee jumping. 2) Quad biking. 3) Working in the debt industry. 4) Swimming with sharks. I bet you chose number three, didn’t you? Presumably because it appears to be dead boring… right?

I currently find myself halfway through a two month internship with TDX Group, and I have to say, it really is quite the opposite of boring. Being a student of Ancient History, the debt industry is a brand new field to me, and I will admit that I did have my worries about how I would take to it, or to be brutally honest – would I actually like it!

It turns out that my fears were completely unwarranted. Instead of counting down the clock each day, I’ve found myself thrown deep into a world filled with exciting and unpredictable variables, challenging regulations that demand constant attention, and best of all, countless opportunities to stretch myself and produce work that I know has a significant end result.

From day one I’ve been given stimulating work to do, work that I get excited about seeing through to the end. I actually find myself feeling sad that some of the projects that I have been working on won’t be completed until after my internship finishes! Now admittedly, the debt industry may not be to everybody’s taste, but for me at least, it certainly falls into life’s ‘don’t knock it until you’ve tried it’ category.

What has really made my time here so enjoyable though, are the company and the people that form it. Everybody I’ve met has been extremely passionate about their work, and has been kind enough to take time out of their busy schedules to bring me up to speed on their role within the company. Whilst there’s a lot to take in, everyone loves being asked questions about their particular specialism, and nobody lets ego or stature get the better of them. There is also a great sense of being a team within the office, with even the most senior of management sitting in the large, open plan desk area. Even during my short time here I have noticed the positive effects this has; it’s little things like that which help to really make TDX stand out from the crowd.

I know full well that I’m extremely privileged to have had the opportunity to be spending my summer at such an exciting and interesting company, and have learnt a lot during my time here; insights and knowledge that I know will stand me in good stead wherever life may take me.

If this is how I feel only coming up to the halfway mark of my time with TDX, then I’d say things are looking very good for the remainder of my internship! If you’re reading this as a student, then I urge you to consider doing a summer internship, the skills and experience you pick up are invaluable in the job market place. If you’re reading this as someone specifically researching TDX as a workplace, then I can assure you that it truly is an excellent place to work.

Until next time,

James Bradshaw, intern at TDX Group

N.B. I’ll be writing a ‘conclusion’ to this post as I finish my internship, so make sure to check back towards the end of August for that.

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