Week 7: Time for a break

Week Seven is finished and now it’s time to take a break, though not too much of a break as there are assessments to be completed and handed in after the holidays.

Monday – Systems Administration

A pretty relaxed start to the week with re-installation and documentation of the virtual server continuing. Still a bit of progress to be made, but that will be taken care of during the holidays. Then on Monday afternoon I received a phone call. Thursday, 10:30am. Internship Interview. First step is complete, now it’s time to crank things up a notch and nail the interview.

So Wednesday will be spent doing some prep work for Thursdays interview and trying to relaxing and not stress about it. We’ll see if I can succeed at that.

Tuesday – Professional Practice and Network Design

Time for what is my most hated of assessments, a mock interview role play assessment in front of the whole class, while being filmed and interviewed by two top local and national IT sector professionals and a recruiting specialist. We had Mason Parker from PN Personnel; Pat Debnay, IT Manager for Fujitsu NZ; and Mark Smith, the National Manager of Spark Digital.

After a short presentation from the interviewing panel, it was straight into business. I was the fifth person to step forward for my interview which was incredibly daunting, with not just the three person interview panel and the lecturer, but the whole class watching. It turns out that I managed to not fuck it up and I got an A for the assessment. Which made me feel a lot more confident going into Thursdays interview at Computercare, but more on that later.

I chose to stick around until the end and head to Network Design late, after having talked to my Network Design lecturer on Monday morning to see if I would miss anything if I did. Unfortunately, the interview panelists were not able to stick around for long as they all had places to be so I didn’t really get a chance to talk to them, although several of us were able to have a quick chat to Mark Smith.

Thursday – Internship Interview

Time for the weeks main event! With the interview taking place just a couple hundred meters from my school, I parked up in one of the campus parking lots to take advantage of the cheap parking ($1 for four hours or $2 for a whole day compared to $1 an hour in the council parks on the street), then grabbed a hot chocolate from the cafe across the road from school before slowly walking down the road. I sat down on a bench about halfway there to kill some time and calm my nerves a bit before heading inside with about 5-10 minutes to go before the scheduled interview time.

I won’t bore you with the details of the actual interview, but I think it went well. I will know by the end of next week if I got it or not so will post an update here. After the interview, I had a short technical quiz and application form to fill out. I didn’t do nearly as well on the quiz as I would have liked but they seemed pleased with my result.

Friday – Advanced Database Concepts

To finish out the week and term, it was time for one last trip to Advanced Database Concepts. We were giving our first assignment for the paper this week. Due to the stress of the interview assessment and then an actual interview, I was feeling mentally drained and exhausted so I skipped out of class early after the lecturer was finished going over the assignment.

Usually on a Friday night I get together with some friends and play some board games but not this week as I was just too mentally drained. So now it’s time to rest for a few days before getting stuck into my Systems Administration and Advanced Database Concepts assignments, both of which are due the first week back.

One Reply to “Week 7: Time for a break”

  1. Wow, that mock interview assignment was a killer. The video feedback was a good idea, but essentially useless; there should have been a microphone on the table. I hope your Computercare internship goes the way you want it to; exciting times are ahead!

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