I have learned so many new skills and tips from the people I worked with at my internship. One skill that's very important and everyone at the workplace had is great communication skills. They were able to have conversations and were very friendly with anyone they talked to. Some examples of people they spoke with were: customers, other stores, and even the CEO of a big company that traveled all the way to the warehouse to have a meeting with the team. Another skill that they all had was that they all gave their 100% and put lots of energy into the work they did. They would get to the store at the crack of dawn and work till night to finish all the work that had to be done. The internship also made me think about going into a different type of engineering, it perked my interest for going into the combined fields of aerospace/mechanical. Working at Action Drone after graduating from college would definitely be an awesome and fun job to have. I can sure see myself there. It was amazing also to see the impact anything can have on the world. Many people see “drones” as something bad and think they only do bad things but Action Drones’ goals are actually to improve the world and help the world in a positive way. One of their drones is actually being used in Mexico to inspect a potentially hazardous pipeline that might be on the verge of breaking.
The work I've done at my internship has helped me grow and learn new tricks and skills that will help me wherever I go. But before we start talking about the skills that I have learned, I want to talk about the skills I came into the internship with. I am very friendly and love to have conversations and I think this has helped me get to know everyone at my work better and created a bond between us that may not have developed if we had not connected. When working at the warehouse there are always funny moments and people joking around that we would all laugh at together.
Another skill that I came to my internship with is being a hard worker. If I want something really badly I'm going to work and work until I get it. This helps out at work when you can't figure something out or it's taking forever to figure something out but you keep pushing and pushing until you finally get figure the problem out. Some skills/tips that I have learned at the warehouse are how to always make sure something is done correctly and not just guess or take big risks. When working on the drones we always make sure everything is working perfectly. If something is off we go back in and find out exactly what is wrong and fix the problem. Also, because the equipment we are working with is pretty expensive we always want to maintain it and take good care of everything.
One of the many tips that my mentor taught me was to work somewhere where you're passionate about. My mentor loved RC vehicles especially drones and was so into them and knew that there were many uses for them so he decided to start his own drone company, (which one day I will hopefully work at). The main project I've been working on this week is translating their AD1 manual and quick start guide to Spanish. This work will be very important because of how much business they do with Spanish speaking companies in countries like Mexico. Something that I bring to the table is being able to read and write in Spanish and knowing this was how I could contribute to the company. With the manuals in Spanish, people in the Spanish speaking companies will more easily learn about their drones and learn how to fly them.
When working in a new work place it’s very important to ask questions and make sure you're doing everything the right way. First, it's important to ask questions because you don't want to do anything the wrong way, in addition, it’s important to ask questions because you do not want the company to lose money because you ruined something. Moreover, it’s very important to take initiative and ask questions at a job because you want your boss and colleagues to feel comfortable and trust that you are doing the job correctly. When you ask questions it lets others know you will ask questions, if needed, to make sure you are doing the job right. At Action Drone I had to take the initiative to ask questions when working on the drones and when doing research. When working on the drones you always want to ask before doing anything, if you are unsure, because it's better to be safe then sorry when working on expensive equipment. On the other hand, when I was doing research I asked my mentor a lot of questions because he knows everything about drones and I wanted to make sure I understood the information the correct way before translating it. Advocating for oneself and showing self-initiative are very important skills to have in life.