As if finished my second year at SISFU its finally time for internship. My plan of going to Australia for internship has completely changed. Instead of going there just for internship, I am now about to go there to continue my studies.
So as the plan changed, I thought of doing my internship here in the Philippines instead. At first, I tried to apply online through Jobstreet and other websites, but unfortunately none of them replied, so I asked help from Ms. Yvette and she gave me a list of companies that I can apply for. The list contained the contact info for each company. I applied for a bank, Solaire, and many more. I waited for 2-3 weeks before they replied. Finally Solaire replied and asked me to come for an interview. It didn’t went well and I didn’t get the intern position because I had some problem with my visa. I felt sad after that, I lost hope of finding an internship position because of the problem with my visa.
But then I didn’t give up, I emailed more companies that were on the list. A few days later, an HR manager contact me through text, asking me if I still want the internship position at their company and if I say yes, I can come for an interview on the following day; the company is Pepsi Cola Product Philippines, Inc. At first, I thought this company was Pepsi and Coca Cola combined, since the name was Pepsi Cola, but then my friend told me that it’s not. I looked up on the internet about this company and found out that it’s just Pepsi. Anyway, I replied to them saying that I wanted the position and I will come for the interview the following day.
The next day I went to their office, it’s actually a plant; I got interviewed by the HR and the guy who later became my supervisor. After the interview, they told me that I was accepted and could start on the following week since it was Friday that day. I was so glad that I was accepted for the position and they didn’t ask about my visa. So as Monday approached, I went to work. My supervisor, Mr Brian Junto, Marketing Officer, oriented me about what they’re doing and what kind of work I will be doing. He also discussed about the major project that I will be doing. At first, I was given this big book about shopper trend, I was told to read and understand since it will help me in doing that major project. I read the book the whole morning, and for a person who doesn’t read much like me; it kind of gave me a headache. That afternoon, I was given another task which was to call all the employees in the company and ask for their local telephone number and their designation. I made a few calls to the bosses and later on one of them called to our office asking why I was calling and he got mad since asking for their designation is somewhat disrespectful. I only did what I was asked to do. Not so good for a first day at work.
As weeks pass by I was given more tasks, like filing, encoding, computing sales volume, separating chain outlets from single outlets, making power point presentations and more. Sometimes it got stressful because if I get 1 number wrong, everything else is wrong, so I have to search for that mistake. My supervisor taught me the easy way to look for the mistake, he also thought me vlookup in Excel, which I was taught in school, but I forgot how to use it because I haven’t used it in my daily life.
2 weeks before my internship ended, the whole department went on an outing to celebrate the increase in sales on the first and second quarter of the year; me and other OJTs also got to go. We went to Punta Fuego, Batangas and stayed at Mr Jaybo’s house; he’s the big boss in our department. We stayed over-night and went home the next day. The time I had during the outing will be unforgettable; I had so much fun with the group.
2 weeks after that event, it was finally the time that I finished my internship. Saying goodbye to everyone was sad, but life moves on. Having my internship at Pepsi, I’ve learned a lot- one of it is professionalism. I also learned that I have to be more patient with my work, put more effort into it because the result of the work will define who I am.
I’m glad that I had my internship at Pepsi because I made lots of friends and everyone there is like family. Everyone treated me like a colleague and trusted me. On my last day at work, they treated me dinner at Manongs. We ate, talked and laughed- it was fun and memorable! I will never forget those memories I had at Pepsi.