Living Culture at Fortis | An interview with Intern Kasun Hathurusinghe

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This week as part of our Living Culture at Fortis blog series we interviewed our intern Kasun Hathurusinghe about his time with Fortis Consulting and the project he has worked on.

What attracted you to an internship with Fortis?

Cultural diversity is one of the things that caught my attention when I started exploring Fortis Consulting on the web. I was also looking for exposure into the way Australia businesses operate and to understand the culture of an Australian business. I am incredibly passionate about technology and Software Development positions, so I was looking for an internship that would allow me to utilise my academic and technical knowledge in software and web developing, electronics and networking.

What outcomes from your internship were you looking for?

 The outcomes that I was looking for were;

  • to gain experience working within Australian Businesses
  • to continue to develop my skills in software development and ITC

 How do you feel that Fortis have prepared you and worked with you to achieve the desired outcomes?

 The Fortis team have been really supportive and encouraging during my internship. The support I received from the team internally and externally was fantastic. I was able to receive one on one support from Dwayne in relation to ITC requirements the company had, along with general information for propelling my career onwards following my time with Fortis Consulting.

Maggie and Mylynda provided amazing support. I was also able to work closely with Maggie on the Phosphate Resources Limited induction tool project and learn about content design as well.

I also gained experience by being able to shadow Maggie in client meetings but also learnt a lot about business functions as I was also included on team meetings.

 What was the most challenging part of your internship?

 The most challenging part was communicating effectively. There were some language barriers as not all staff are well versed in ITC. Conveying the message was at times difficult and I would have to simplify how I spoke about certain elements or tasks of the project I was working on to ensure that as a team we could collectively meet the clients requirements.

The other challenge was working with the tools that were available. For example Moodle is a LMS framework and  at times you cannot work outside of the framework where as Software Development is different. However, it is good experience to have worked with some new tools.

Would you say Fortis is a good place to complete an internship? If so, why?

 Absolutely, the team work in tandem with one another. They are a very small and close knit team who cross a broad spectrum of projects and requirements. Fortis provides the opportunity for you to grow and develop as a professional.

What was the biggest thing you learnt and took from the internship?

The biggest thing that I have learnt from my internship is to communicate effectively and efficiently.

Ultimately though I feel that this was a situation where both Fortis and I received good outcomes. I provided a skillset they did not have for their project requirements and in return I was offered exposure and experience in the culture and functions of an Australian business.

 What are your 3 key take-aways from completing your internship with Fortis?

The first key take away  is exposure to learning management systems and educational training programs such as induction tools and how they function.

The second would be an increased understanding on interactive learning modules and troubleshooting.

The third is how quickly the world of consulting works. Initially I was directed to work on one project and whilst the majority of my time was spent on the Phosphate Resources Limited project I was quickly pulled into other tasks and project requirements. It’s a fast pace to work at!