Cat Gloria is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Journalism major at the University of Florida, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.
In this week's post, Cat talks about interning at Olytico and her responsibilities during her semester abroad.
"Every morning you climb up five flights of stairs and stagger into the office out of breath, and there they are. Your co-workers are smiling and already working hard in the wee hours of the morning. They are so happy to see you. The sun is shining through the glass windows and the birds welcome you with a soft chirp. The energy in the office is positive and powerful. Irwin makes the team a pot of coffee and you all begin a relaxing day of analyzing social content," I said in my Olytico Reflection.
It has been nine weeks since I started working at Olytico, and now my time is up. These past weeks I’ve learned how to do things I didn't even know I wanted to learn. In the start I was skeptical that Olytico was a good fit for me being a writer, but I've written more here than any other company before.
I wrote blogs using the company's tone of voice, which was something new for me. I wrote an in-depth blog analyzing a local food festival I attended, called Taste of Dublin. And I wrote a blog post defining what our company does in order to ensure that potential customers understand the value of Olytico. I feel my writing has grown in that now I can add data in cool ways that keeps the audience engaged.
"One of the implicit values I’ve gained from working at Olytico is cultural intelligence. I now understand Irish culture and can work effectively within an Irish company without feeling like an outsider," I said.
I wrote a weekly blog about the Top Irish Twitter trends of the previous week. Well, let's be honest, there's a huge difference between American Twitter trends and Irish Twitter trends. Do you know how hard it is to write about foreign topics that use words you’ve never seen before?
Well, it’s tough. However, my co-workers helped me and explained the meaning behind phrases such as “acting the bollocks,” so I was able to understand the culture in no time and write about it."
"I worked a lot with Excel sheets also, but not in a bad way, in a good way. When conducting research for clients the team enlightened me with their magical way of doing things: automation."
At Olytico we don’t waste time doing menial tasks. Our handy-dandy engineer Irwin designs tools for anything we complain about. So with the click of a button, the task does itself, and we just sit back and watch it happen.
All of that aside, the most memorable part of my time at Olytico was working with the greatest team in Dublin.
"Once quiet hours are over, the team comes alive. While passionately working on our tasks, we discuss important office topics such as future upgrades to the snack bar or how much energy is required to power a toaster."
Patricia, Shona and Megan are my three female co-workers, they’re ‘great craic’. They remind me of a girl-band from the 2000's. Then there are the techie-guys, Irwin and Matt. They’ve got their own code language so I have no idea what they’re talking about even though their desks are right next to mine. It's a smile and wave situation. Stephen and Lorcan are the bosses. Stephen's the one who teaches me the most, like not to click something 500 times when it's not loading. Lastly there’s Lorcan, what a great lad. He just got married and his hen party was the highlight of the quarter, yes I said hen.
So as you can tell, I don't want to leave this place. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of my journey at Olytico, I'll miss you all.
Cat's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.