Eloise Collins began a 3-month internship with our Group Marketing team, which was extended to 6 months, before she was offered a permanent role as a Marketing Officer. It is not easy joining a team during a global pandemic but Eloise shares her experience of the induction process and what she likes about her role.
Overview of studies before joining IQ-EQ
Before IQ-EQ I was studying at university. I had an internship at another company the year before, and so I was looking for something similar in the summer of 2020 before considering further education in September.
How did you hear about IQ-EQ?
I heard about IQ-EQ through a contact already in the business.
How was the induction process?
The induction process was really good. I had an interview with two colleagues from the marketing team, and once offered the internship, I was then in regular contact with the HR team who provided me with lots of information before I started. On the first day, I logged on and had a call with my manager to discuss the internship, and then over the next couple of days I had introductory calls with each team member. This was great for me, as the marketing team are lovely so I immediately felt welcome. It allowed me to see the breadth of tasks the team cover and the different opportunities I could have as an intern.
What’s the most exciting part of your role?The most exciting part of my role is definitely how varied it is. I am always completing a range of different tasks working with colleagues across the team, which I really enjoy. Each day is fast paced and different, which means I am constantly learning.
The opportunities have also been really exciting whilst I’ve been here. I began as an intern on a 3-month placement. This was then extended to 6 months before I began my permanent role here in January 2021 as a Marketing Officer.
What have you learnt about IQ-EQ that you didn’t know before joining?
Something I didn’t know before joining is how many different people from a wide range of locations I would get to work closely with. This connectivity has been great, especially as I started the internship during a global pandemic so I thought that this could make getting to know people across the business more difficult. Whilst I am very much looking forward to getting into the office and meeting colleagues face-to-face, the powers of technology at IQ-EQ have meant that I still feel I have got to know colleagues across the business well during my time here so far.
What advice would you give to someone considering joining IQ-EQ?
My advice would be go for it! Be prepared to meet great people, take on a variety of different tasks, learn a lot and have a good time doing so!
What do you like to do in your free time?
At the moment my free time is largely spent walking in our local park and watching Netflix… however in normal times I enjoy going out with my friends, the gym, theatre and dancing (both on a dancefloor and in a class!!)