How it started!
The day was 20 April, my first chat with Caroline Hunter, the COO of Astat. The conversation lasted about 5 minutes, but it was excellent. I got a good feeling for this company. And I think she got a good feel for me too, so we scheduled another meeting two days later. What I didn´t know was that she had already sent me the contract for my internship in between those meetings. That´s how fast they work at Astat, if the connection is right, let´s do it!
This is an internship, so what have I learned in the past month:
- For one, I thought we worked fast at university and got things done quickly, and we did, compared to what I have been used to. However, the speed of execution at Astat is on another level. Now, it feels like I´m finally home. I don´t have to sit and wonder anymore, I just do it! I have been given so much freedom and support every step of the way, it is truly inspiring. I have even started to feel like a creative person, I have never thought I would say that about myself. So, I learned in only one month that I can be creative, by just be given the trust I needed to grow.
- Secondly, I am starting to learn how to give that same gift to the people around me. I have always thought of myself as an including person and always let people be themselves, I have always done this by complementing and letting them be. Now at Astat, I´m learning how to engage people and show that I trust them to be themselves and encourage people to think, instead of just letting them figure it out on their own.
- Thirdly, I guess I´m not at Astat only to learn. So hopefully, I can bring something to the team as well. To be honest, looking at the team, it is hard to find what´s missing! The main thing, I guess, is the obvious one with working hours, taking some pressure off their hands, and getting things done!
- Kim Stangnes, Fintech Intern