Jungle Buzz by Paola Cobos Aug 2, 2018 Jungle Disk + Triniterns: Value of Hands-On Experience The time has come to say goodbye to Jungle Disk, but I leave happy having met incredible people, acquired new skills and pleased with the small impact I made at this company. I am very lucky to have worked in such a great environment, where I was able to have a hands-on experience in the workplace. This allowed me to see how working in the office of an IT company feels like, and moving towards my graduation I hope to obtain more knowledge and experience working with a company before eventually having my own business. Being a finance and BAT (Business Analytics and Technology) major, I had little previous knowledge of how marketing works, and through this internship I was able to learn how this function can be the key to increasing company’ awareness in the market. I learned how to use Google AdWords in order to create an advertising campaign on Google and partner enterprises, which I believe to be very useful no matter the industry. Advertisements can help your company obtain more customers and help increase sales in the long run. All of this is key for a company to succeed, and sometimes we look into every aspect of a company in order to operate smoothly. I am also grateful to have been a part of the Highlands High School summer program, as I got to know six high schoolers who I’ve been mentoring. They reminded me how eager I was about college and my future, and was able to help with the knowledge I have acquired through these past few years. They surprised me with their professionalism and vast knowledge. Though they were a little shy sometimes, they were quick to start asking questions, and through their questions I was able to challenge my knowledge and learn throughout the progress. I really believe that this program can make a difference in the community. I come from an underdeveloped country, were opportunities like this are very rarely offered at such a young age. To find an internship when I was in high school, I had to work hard and there weren’t many expectations for me. When talking with the students and asking them if they felt pressured or scared by meeting the CEO of the company or completing a large project, they calmly assured me that they weren’t. They actually saw it as a great opportunity, telling me not many people paid them attention in their high school, so it was great that Jungle Disk selected that specific high school to make them feel appreciated and honored. I believe we need more opportunities like this everywhere! Employers should understand that young people are their future, and the classroom sometimes doesn’t give them a clear snapshot of all the job opportunities that are out there, or the requirements to fulfill those gaps. I hope Jungle Disk can keep creating programs like this that do make a positive impact on the community and hopefully encourage other businesses to follow.