Starting a job remotely is an extremely strange concept, and one that is unfamiliar to many people. In the weeks leading up to beginning my Placement year with Threshold, I was aware of the current working situations and had mixed emotions about starting, from feeling excited and eager to learn, to a sense of disappointment that I sadly won’t be able to meet people and experience the Threshold culture.
However, I can honestly say that from day 1 of joining the team I couldn’t have felt any more welcome. The daily Team calls at 9am are a great way to start the day and bring the team together virtually whilst working from home. Within just my first week of being an intern, I was creating a video acting as Boris Johnson for the Taskmaster social, organised by some of the team on Furlough. Anyone who knows me knows I can be rather competitive, so I like to go big #MoreIsInYou. It is clear to me already that Threshold lives by its values of boosting well-being and employee engagement.
Starting my Placement remotely made me think that many hours of the day would be spent with little to do, due to not being in the physical presence of my department. This has not been the case and the work I do feels valued and relevant. The level of responsibility and trust given to me already, to complete meaningful tasks, has me very excited for what this next year holds.
I feel lucky to have started my Placement year on the week of Threshold’s first ever virtual event, one that has exceeded the expectations of participant numbers by more than 300%. Seeing the lovely messages of people’s thanks alongside the supportive and motivating community spirit on social media has been inspiring and really great to see and be able to respond to.
I really look forward to working towards next season’s live Events and to watch them come to life through all the management behind the scenes!
All in all, I am super excited for what the next year at Threshold has in store for me and all the new knowledge I will gain from such a talented and friendly team.
By Brooke Palmer