After reading these intern blogs singing RIG’s praises on the website myself, my first week at RIG has luckily completely lived up to expectations. It’s been full-on in the best way possible, in a blur of learning about everything from how 3D printing is used for gas turbine parts, to how to take meeting notes and research potential clients, to how to set up a laptop and even (importantly) being taught how to use a cafetière for the first time.
The team at RIG are all immensely hardworking and have a breadth of knowledge about their clients, despite being ‘generalists’ who become specialised in a certain field very quickly. They are also funny, welcoming and friendly, and happy to offer advice and show how they do things, with James and Ellie inviting me to see them make a client call an hour into my first day. And they treat their interns well; even though it’s my first week, I’ve apparently been given the nicest laptop in the office!
On the first day I was also given information about two companies I would be working with, both very different and exciting. The first is an alloy-making company that makes parts for a variety of companies, and the second is a company with water-purifying technology that seems to have a huge potential for transforming a variety of markets, from agriculture to the swimming pool industry. I spent time reading about what these companies do, which was really interesting but meant that I needed to learn a lot of definitions! By the second day, I was reading a business plan, learning still more jargon, and was taken by Simon into a client meeting with the water-purifying company, where I learnt still more technical words and figures.
Since then I have been doing market validation, researching potential clients for the first company and looking at the size of the market in different countries for the other. Although this week has had the potential to be overwhelming, the warmth and helpfulness of everyone in the office has meant that it’s been really exciting, and I can’t wait for more time at RIG!