Living Culture at Fortis | An Interview with Intern Cristhian Alvarez

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We interviewed our Intern Cristhian Alvarez this week as part of our Living Culture at Fortis series, to discuss his experience with Fortis Consulting and how Human Resource Management (HRM) integrates with company culture. 


 What attracted you to the internship at Fortis Consulting?

Firstly, was having the opportunity to gain exposure in the consulting industry. I have previously worked within hospitality and mining, so I wanted to grow and develop my Human Resource skills in a variety of sectors.

Second was the companies’ values and the deep-seated expertise Fortis has in its team and network. I researched the team prior to coming on board and the opportunity to shadow and learn from these individuals was another attractor for my internship.

Lastly, Australia has a growing population which is becoming increasingly diverse with 28.5% of the nation’s total population being born overseas. To work with a company that has such passion for giving back to the community is inspiring.


What outcomes were looking for from your internship?

I am currently completing a Masters in Human Resource Management, my goal is to merge my degree within the hospitality field. However, for me to do that I need to work on my Human Resource skills which in turn means I need to obtain exposure within other industries. Working within large organisations systems and procedures are generally set and very departmental. Working with Fortis Consulting, being a smaller organisation there are multi-functional roles for staff, the processes in place grow organically with the company as it moves from strength to strength in the industry.


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

I think the support provided from the team along with the leadership and mentoring support has been invaluable. The planning process in aligning projects for interns to their skill sets is strong, whilst also providing you with opportunities to work across multiple projects.


What was the most challenging part of your internship?

The work load can be quiet challenging as if you are not across the sector or industry. There is a fast learning curve to develop the knowledge required through means of research and consulting with experts in the field. Also transitioning from large organisations to a boutique consultancy means there is more opportunity to be innovative and provide alternate solutions.


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

Yes, it’s a well-structured business that has good market reputation. I have seen the company has consistently developed and delivered on high quality projects. The staff share their knowledge whilst still valuing an interns input and thoughts on the subject matter.


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

I’m extremely thankful to work within an Australian company whilst sharing my knowledge in Human Resources. I have been provided a base line of skills in varying areas of a business and this will position me well for my future career.


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

1) The autonomy and the empowerment to my ideas for the business. Not only in relation to Human Resources Management but also in relation to the tools and programs that Fortis Consulting uses. The Keys to Diversity program which I undertook has provided soft skills which I will take with me throughout my career.
2) The ability to learn about other industries such as aged care and disability.
3) Last but not least the team! I understand how you embrace the company’s values, the team is diverse in their skillsets, their thinking and this is reflecting the values of the company in the core team make-up.