Today's post is submitted by two-time Kronos intern Megan Grenier. Last summer she wrote about communication in a multi-generational workplace. Here she makes the case that a great internship consists of work that excites and people who inspire.

Ever since I was little people always asked me “what do you want to be when you grow up?” I constantly struggled to answer that question. However, there are two things I always knew I wanted to be: successful and happy. I knew that success would be finding a good job in the career of my choosing. The new question I began to ask myself became, what in a job will make me happy?

As I've started to explore the professional world through various internship opportunities, I have learned so much: from hitting reply all on an email to learning how to adapt to different circumstances. Although my time in the workforce has been brief, I think I have discovered what makes a job fulfilling: striking the balance between work that excites you and people who inspire you.

Over my two summers at Kronos I have been given “real work.” My manager and coworkers did not send me to go on coffee runs or make me stand at the copier for hours. The work I had not only challenged me but was also impactful to the organization. The work I did was fulfilling, it pushed me to work harder, smarter, and better.

My projects were influential in creating a meaningful work experience, but ultimately, that's not what inspired me to drive an hour each way to work. What motivated me every morning was the people. My coworkers were some of the most intelligent, creative, and innovative thinkers I have ever met. They made me think outside of the box and motivated me to deliver my best work. Not only were they great colleagues, but they were good people. They cared if I had a bad day, encouraged - or should I say made me - go home when I was sick, and went out of their way to make sure I had the best experience during my internship. They became more than coworkers, they became friends; they were the reason I was so eager to come into work every morning, because they challenged me to be the best I could be - in every sense.

Not only did my team push me to success, but others in the organization went out of their way to create opportunities for me and other interns. One of the senior marketing directors decided to mentor us marketing interns; she imparted wonderful advice and facilitated incredible networking opportunities for us. I was even given the chance to meet with our company's CEO, CMO, and President not once, but twice. I had meetings with the CFO and Vice President of Talent Acquisition. All of these individuals could have easily denied the invitation to meet with interns, but they took time out of their busy schedules to impart their wisdom upon us. Their words, humility and generosity inspired me every day to work my hardest, so one day (hopefully) I can be as successful as them.

In the words of Aron Ain, our CEO, “great businesses are run by great people.” I have seen firsthand the truth behind these words. Meaningful work and exceptional people are what make a job worthwhile; if you can find that balance, you won't work a day in your life.

As the week winds down, you may enjoy checking out this video of our fun and fond farewell to our 2014 summer interns.  I know they learned a lot while they were here, but we also learned a lot from them.  The Kronolympics is a series of silly contests that they complete as teams, with time and quality being important.  Kind of like the world of work, hunh?  We refer to our culture as Work Inspired.  I hope we inspired these terrific people as much as they inspired us.

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What We're Reading This Week:

No one said it was going to be easy -- 5 job-hunting survival tips for recent grads http://ow.ly/AbUUT via @FastCompany

Tech Insights: How New Systems Help Managers Manage in the Moment http://ow.ly/AbPtx via @TLNT_com @dcreelman

Why Asking for Help Makes You a Stronger Leader http://ow.ly/AeBNO

5 Tips Robin Williams Taught Us About Career Transitioning http://ow.ly/AeESc

You have to get lighter as you get older http://ow.ly/AhsWC via @SteveBoese

Training Millennials: 4 Keys to Look For (But First, Let Me Take a Selfie) http://ow.ly/Ahthr via @TLNT_com

The best 'Out of the Office' message might be this one from Germany http://ow.ly/Ak7rt via @SteveBoese

Kronites are Writing About:

New Time Well Spent #Cartoon: http://ow.ly/AbOiU #scheduling #overstaffed

#MarketBasket According to @hrbartender: What Does Employee Engagement Look Like? This. http://ow.ly/AbWR5 via @WF_Institute

RT @SmarterCafe: Latest post: Zen and the Art of Customer Experience http://ow.ly/AkRU0 #cx @KronosInc

Tech as Art - Simplified http://ow.ly/AhtFl via @SmarterCafe

Sometimes getting ready for vacation season can be stressful http://ow.ly/AjSoc via @SmarterCafe

Learning from your neighbors: http://ow.ly/AjYW2

Workforce Fantasy (Football) http://ow.ly/AkRWN via @SmarterCafe

Learn how you can save $200 off #KronosWorks registration if you book before September 5th! http://ow.ly/AeGql

Pioneer Metal Deploys Kronos in the Cloud to Manage Rapid Expansion http://ow.ly/Ahh2B #KronosCloud

[VIDEO] At Kronos our interns do meaningful work and have fun! Check out our 2nd annual Intern Kronolympics: http://ow.ly/AhuJB

MT @NRNonline: FREE WEBINAR (Thu 8/21- 2pmET) "Employers of Choice Discuss Technologies" w @KronosInc. Register: http://t.co/EIpqlSumUh

[EXECUTIVE REPORT] Must-read, @SHRM research highlights hidden absence costs: http://ow.ly/AkQGx

 

 

This week ends our annual summer intern program.  We've been fortunate to have the fabulous Julia in our group this summer.  She's helped us with a variety of our survey programs and pitched in to call 200+ customers to get more insight from them.  Julia learned that she likes customer contact - an affinity that can serve her well in a lot of different fields of endeavor.

As a couple of our interns note in the video below, we make sure they are working on real projects that are valuable to us. It's a bit more risky and requires more effort from their supervisors to do this.  Why do we do it?  Because we know we need to cultivate great talent for Kronos.   And by making this a memorable and valuable summer for them, we hope we'll be on their short list of employers to consider when their academic life comes to a close.

Good luck to all of the Kronos 2013 interns.  We'll miss you (until we meet again).

You can learn more about our program here.  What are you doing in your organization to build your future talent pipeline?

 

 

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