Sophie Bolam took a break from her university degree to spend a year working as a highly valued intern at Cirrus. Here she shares her experience of working with colleagues across the business.

I started as an intern at Cirrus in October 2019, having completed two years of my Politics and International Relations BSc at the University of Bristol. Eleven months, a global pandemic and two Cirrus departments later, I have gained a wealth of experience and been both challenged and rewarded in a variety of ways.

I began my Cirrus experience by working on a range of internal projects with the delivery hub. I took ownership of organising and redesigning some Microsoft Office templates across the company to make the process of creating internal and external documents more efficient and consistent. I also helped map the capacity of project managers, designers, and consultants. Aside from these projects, I was given the opportunity to join meetings with senior leaders across the company to gain extensive knowledge of Cirrus and our clients.

As part of the delivery hub, I gained valuable insight into the management of large-scale global projects. I worked closely with colleagues as we navigated day-to-day challenges and created successful solutions. Unlike many internships where one is expected to focus on day-to-day administrative tasks, I was pleasantly surprised to be treated as a valued member of the team from the beginning, contributing to activity that delivered tangible benefits for Cirrus and our clients.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and our transition to 100% remote working, Cirrus remained dedicated to ensuring colleagues felt connected. We had frequent and transparent communication from the leadership team and managers across the business. During this time, I felt supported during what was a challenging and busy time for the business, and more than ever, I believe the whole company felt like ‘one team’ across all departments. In June, I moved into the business growth and marketing team. This gave me opportunities to develop my skills in different areas and explore the business from a new perspective.

The most interesting part of my role in this team was researching different markets, industries, and leadership topics. I presented my findings during team meetings and discussed how they could benefit our work with clients. I connected with a wide range of colleagues across the UK and Australia. These projects utilised skills I’d gained at university and have consolidated my passion for research.

The work has proven challenging at times, but very rewarding. Being surrounded by supportive, innovative and engaging people made my experience at Cirrus both enjoyable and valuable. It was a pleasure to work with such passionate people who care for both their clients and colleagues greatly and produce such inspiring results.

We would like to thank Sophie for all her work with Cirrus over the past year and we wish her all the very best with the rest of her studies at Bristol University.

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