Entuitive Co-op Diaries: Blanche Clemente
At Entuitive, we have a great team of creative, collaborative, and advanced people, and that includes our talented co-op students. In this post by Blanche Clemente, Marketing Coordinator, we hear about her experience during her work term with us. Read the other posts in this series here and here.
Take it away, Blanche.
When I initially received my offer from Entuitive, I was ecstatic. Being accepted into a new role was very exciting as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator Co-op role had only recently been introduced at Entuitive. On top of that, working remotely was still relatively new to me, and I was eager to work in the office as I believed that it would be fundamental for me to make meaningful connections.
I am here now to tell you that I didn’t need to be in the office to build relationships. I have met and worked with a diverse range of highly skilled individuals at Entuitive. It has been fascinating to work with people from all of our offices, such as in Edinburgh, Calgary, and Vancouver. You get a sense of Entuitive’s One Company culture no matter what your role is. The barriers between workplaces are removed and, as I was working remotely, I always enjoyed working with the other offices on projects. It was rewarding to see projects I worked on go from planning to fruition.
As for my role specifically, I was quite shy in the beginning stages as it required me to communicate with a lot of people daily and I was still learning about the complexities of the AEC industry. I gained an appreciation of all the structures and projects Entuitive has worked on that I have walked past or heard about, not just in Toronto but around the world. Working remotely, I still felt like I had an opportunity to see outside of my room as well as many different places in the world through learning about many different projects. It was eye-opening to see all the planning required for each project and how many moving parts our people collaborate on, ultimately bringing projects to life. I have also been able to write two articles for Ensight by Entuitive.
Overall, I’d say one of the many positive aspects of working at Entuitive is the fact that creativity and learning are encouraged. I wanted to work on projects and develop skills that weren’t directly assigned to or expected of me, due to my personal interest and to further my professional development. I was able to get involved in the Inclusion, Diversity, and Belonging Pillars at Entuitive and have been able to work on additional tasks like SEO and graphic design simply because I asked.
One piece of advice I would offer to incoming co-op students is to learn as much about Entuitive as a firm as you can. There are many great resources online that, as a remote worker, I enjoyed reading. Ensight by Entuitive and Enid (our intranet) offer great resources that are there for you to utilize and check the ICYMI email blasts (internal newsletter) in your inbox! Being organized is essential and making priority lists and scheduling out your daily tasks can go a long way when trying to stay on top of everything.
Lastly and most importantly, have fun! It’s important to enjoy and take interest in many different projects as well as your co-workers around the firm, so don’t be shy and introduce yourself to as many people as you can! It does not matter if someone is a principal or another co-op student, they are more than happy to connect with you and there is something valuable to learn from everyone.