8 lessons learnt from being an intern at Mindwave
Our Intern Davina writes up her experience of working at Mindwave over the last 5 months.
‘What would you like to achieve at Mindwave?’ This was a question I got asked on my first day at work.
With the aim of simply gaining insight into life at a startup and how it was run, I can certainly say that after completing my internship at Mindwave I have had the chance to explore a range of areas, from content management systems to data analytics to user testing sessions.
Rather than explain my responsibilities as an intern in great depth, I thought it would be more beneficial to outline the key lessons or ‘takeaways’ that I will hold onto after I leave.
8 Lessons learnt from Mindwave:
Keeping busy is always good. For the first couple of months, I started off working a few days a week. Staying proactive enabled me to find a niche role within the Good Thinking project. As time progressed, so did my weekly responsibilities and duties, allowing me to extend my working week to 4 days.
All opinions have the ability influence a project. By this, I am referring to both team members’ and outsiders’ viewpoints. All Mindwave endeavours are products of collaboration. By working together with not only experts in the field, but also with potential service users who have little knowledge of the products, more successful outcomes can be obtained.
No career path will be the same, nor should it be. I always found it interesting at team lunch to hear about everyone's journeys, goals and the unique skills they had accumulated over the years.
Always keep learning. Whether it is in the conventional way or not, there is always something that you can learn or even ways to improve and build upon the knowledge you already have.
The 9 to 5 doesn’t have to be monotonous. Co-working spaces are great environments to be a part of. There tend to be a lot of things to do before, during and after work (with Thursday Night Drinks and Tuesday Morning Talks being my favourites at Huckletree, a coworker space located in White City).
Organisation is key. Although it might be time-consuming, lists and notes are fundamental when maintaining transparency, especially when working on new projects. The walls of the office were filled head to toe with different coloured post-it notes, which, as well as keeping everyone on the same page, also did a good job of brightening up the room!
Working from home can be a good thing. At Mindwave, Mondays and Thursdays are known as ‘office days’, while the rest of the time we work remotely. While this can be an adjustment at first, sometimes it is nice not to do the early morning commute!
You will meet a lot of new people. You are bound to meet lots of people, whether it be through events, meetings or within the team. What was once a mainly female team, (which is unusual for tech startups!), has now shifted in terms of demographics, with some team members being based on the other side of the world.
When I wrote my application for university last year, I began with the line ‘The future of healthcare is extremely exciting’. I was always questioned on what exactly I meant by this statement, and how I could be so sure of it. However, after working at Mindwave, I still stand by this and feel even more optimistic about what the technology has to offer in the field of healthcare.
Thanks for all your hard work and dedication Davina. It was a pleasure having you on the team!