My name is Aigerim and I am an Alumni of Haileybury Astana now, I was still in year 13 when I did the internship. I knew from previous projects that my classmates and I did during year 12 and 13 that I would be interested in the projects and tasks that would be given to me by our head of marketing. In addition, from the previous projects I also knew that it would be an amazing and supportive community, which would help me greatly in both having fun as well as doing good work. I feel like the most obvious reason is the convenience for any student from Haileybury. Ms Almira is awesome and supportive, who will give you flexible hours if you are a student, which gives me the opportunity to get some job experience, without doing less school work.
Throughout my 2 years of IB at Haileybury Astana I learned a lot about working with others, as in doing group projects, working in unison and helping one another. I got to apply such skills to the internship, which allowed me to consolidate these skills. In addition, one of the most crucial things you will learn is the organisational process that goes into running a school, which I feel like can be applied to a larger scale, like a business. I would strongly encourage everyone who wants to, to ask Ms Almira about the internship position as it is not only fun but it will help you consolidate your skills learned from IB.
I decided to do the internship because in the future I plan on studying and pursuing Graphic design or a marketing-based degree. I wanted to not only improve my CV for application, but also because I wanted to see how the marketing department works. Get a rough idea of what it would be like in the future if I did end up pursuing it. I was informed by our university counsellor, Miss Lopera, about this opportunity to intern for the marketing department which I was deeply excited about. Gaining practical experience in the field of my interest was important to me. I was keen to apply my academic knowledge in a real-world setting, working alongside professionals who could provide guidance and mentorship. I have also studied here for a long period of time, which is why I was interested in seeing for myself what happens behind the scenes.
This internship provided me with valuable insights and an opportunity to try something new, for example, designing stickers for various events and photography. Through these internships, I acquired practical skills that complement my passion for the arts and have expanded my understanding of the industry a little better. Being exposed to a professional work environment, allowed me to observe the standards of professionalism and punctuality in terms of deadlines. Upon reflecting, I realised the positive impact that that experience had on my approach to work. Since I have never done stickers and photography, it allowed me to learn to adapt to various problem-solving situations and develop a proactive approach to overcoming obstacles and finding the motivation to work. Particularly in my photography internship, I learned to view the daily, mundane aspects of my school life in a new and beautiful way.
I’ve always been interested in art, but in recent years, my curiosity has extended to the business world as well, and so trying myself out in marketing seemed like the perfect blend of my creativity and analytical skills. I was thrilled when I got the chance to do my very first internship with the marketing department at our school.
During my internship, I had the freedom to generate fresh ideas, create engaging content, and craft texts that would captivate our target audience. I had the opportunity to conduct an interview with an alumnus and introduce the “Day in the Life of an IB student” rubric to our 6th form account. These experiences allowed me to explore the diverse and enjoyable realm of marketing, while also revealing the countless opportunities it offers. Furthermore, my time in the internship provided me with valuable insights into the inner workings of a marketing team within a business. I learned how different components of the team collaborate and interact with one another, contributing to the overall success of marketing strategies.