Living Culture at Fortis | An interview with Intern Pulemalie Habiri

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This week as part of our Living Culture at Fortis blog series we interviewed our intern Pulemalie Habiri about her time with Fortis Consulting and the project she 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. Also, the different projects that Fortis Consulting has been involved in piqued my interest in the company. As a project management student, I really wanted to work in a project related workplace that promotes diversity. Fortis was an ideal workplace given its diversity and the nature of what they do.

What outcomes from your internship were you looking for?

 The outcomes that I was looking for were;

  • to gain experience in working on a project, starting from induction and working through the various project cycles
  • to conduct research on relevant projects and to experience managing a project
  • to explore how various people (parties) who are involved in a project interact and work with one another

 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. They are easy to approach when needing help or guidance on project related research or in taking meeting notes. At Fortis, I was tasked with preparing draft project plans as well as conducting project related researches. The staff were very supportive when I needed assistance and clarification on the project elements I was involved in.

 What was the most challenging part of your internship?

 The most challenging part of my internship was identifying the important project elements when collating research findings. Time management was another challenging part when prioritising and planning out my daily activities and accomplishing them in a given timeframe.

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

 Absolutely. For me, the tasks given were related to project management and human resource management which are my current majors in my studies. The diverse and supportive environment fostered at Fortis has enhanced my project experience and prepared me well for future project related roles.

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

The biggest thing that I have learnt from my internship is the culture of teamwork.  I cannot help but admire how the different staff collaborate and how they each know what the other person is doing. Flagging research information with one another is an example of this – the team is stretched across all aspects of the business and support one another by sharing and communicating ideas. I hope to foster such working culture when I am employed in the future.

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

The first key take away  is the added project research knowledge and skills gain in conducting project related research.

The second is the regular and objective feedback from my supervisor on tasks that are assigned to me. This feedback not only better my project skills, but also enhance my project experience.

The third is the professional manner that co-workers’ employ when working with each other and other related stakeholders.