Name : Andrew Taehoon Kim
School : University of Toronto
Major : Computer Science Specialist and Math Major
Job Title : Information development and management. I work with developers to provide
technical documentation. The length of my internship is 16 months
What your typical day is like:
9:30 a.m. I walk in, start my laptop and grab a tea from the coffee station. The office is still quiet and I can hear the sound of keyboards clicking away next to me.
I start on status updates for my manager before the team meeting at 11:00 a.m. Some of the email from the Indian and SLV site has confirmed my work from last night. My hard work last night has paid off. Today is starting to be a good day.
11:00 a.m. I’ve walked in to my team meeting. A small group of managers and colleagues are chatting away, exchanging small conversation about their day before we call in to our video conference. Today’s conference is brief, discussing the update on our product and the timeline for our release.
12:00 p.m. After the meeting, I head to the IBM Toastmasters session offered at one of the conference room. I really have to think on my feet in this session, as it is quick paced and some of the senior managers from different departments are listening in on me. As I are starting to sweat, one of the manager cheerly jokes to my, saying that he was once sweating where I am sitting now.
1:00 p.m. After the session, I meet with my friends that I work with, and head down to the cafeteria. I talk about my future, and some of the opportunities I can find here at work. One of my intern friends is starting a soccer session and I decide to join in.
2:00 p.m. I have a meeting set up with a developer from a different department. It has to do with some of the software updates that will be done to improve the overall install system. Although it is a quick meeting, I scramble to learn as much as I can on the topic I will be sharing with the developer. I’ve asked her a few questions regarding the program, but she will be expecting that I’ve taken a look at the document. This might take a bit longer then I’ve expected after all!
3:30 p.m. It was more of a learning cliff than a learning curve, but I have managed to finish the meeting on a high note. Some of my suggestions have brought light to the implementation of the software, and the development team will be looking into implementing the change. I now have to work with my team to document the changes, and write a technical document for the customers to understand the software’s functionality.
4:45 p.m. My friends and I have started a project for the FutureBlue program. I notice that it is amazingly easy to start something when I am surrounded by other interns just as ambitious as I am. After the quick meeting, I realize that there is so much more to this internship than I was expecting.
Interests outside of work : Swimming, batting, toastmaster and photography. Running projects (such as i2i) has been taking most of my time.
Top internship tips : Be confident with your mistakes, and be able to admit your fault. We make mistakes, it’s how we play the situation that is important.
What was the best thing before sliced bread: When I asked siri, it said “I can think of more than one best thing before sliced bread”. Best answer I found on-line was “Chuck Norris”.
Taehoon Andrew Kim
DB2 Information Development