One of CA’s interns, Laura Haldane, took the time to discuss her time at the company and her perceptions after having worked ‘behind the scenes’. A Business Management graduate at Oxford Brookes University, she wanted to get an insight into the inner workings of a software company of CA Technologies’ calibre. Laura’s internship lasts until the 24th of August 2018, upon which she shall return to university and hopes to go on to work in a multinational company in the technological industry.
What attracted you to an internship at CA this year?
Having studied Business Management at University for 2 years before taking on an internship, I knew I wanted to get experience working in a software/tech company. It became clear to me over the course of the two years that effectively every company needs to undergo a Digital Transformation in order to keep up to speed with demand online and on apps. CA helps customers manage their online portfolio and compete strategically in the marketplace. In addition, the office here at Ditton Park in Datchet is fantastic. There are gym facilities, outdoor basketball courts, which are great to use during lunch breaks or after work.
Tell us more about your role in the EMEA Communications?
My role has allowed me to gain hands on experience with our Create Tomorrow program, which is where our CSR efforts are focused in EMEA. I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer at local schools and speak on panels. In addition, I’ve had the opportunity to travel across Europe and a highlight so far has been attending the European Digital Assembly 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. I’ve also had the opportunity to gain experience with our PR Agencies in London, helping them write pitches for press and create social content calendars.
What is a typical day for you?
Wake up at 7am – make myself a cup of tea and read the news, check Instagram and Facebook…( I like a slow start to the day, I hate rushing around in the morning). Leave for work and drive to the office around 8:30am. I grab a coffee before getting to my desk and always check my email first thing. Depending on how busy I am, I will take a lunch break around 12 and play basketball/netball or take part in Yoga or Pilates. I leave work around 5:30pm and usually meet up with a few of the other interns for dinner or drinks.
Favourite part of the internship?
The opportunity to travel and work with a European team. My team have been extremely welcoming and collaborative, involving me in as much as they can. I have helped run Deploy Your Talents events in Germany and attended a Security Roundtable discussion in Brussels. I also attended a Quarterly Communications Team meeting in Milan and received training in Crisis Communications Management.
Would an intern might want to consider a lesser-known B2B Technology Company as opposed to a better-known brand?
I’ve always enjoyed the reaction I get when I tell people I work at CA Technologies, especially when I tell people my age. 8 time out of 10, nobody has heard of CA as they are a B2B company, so I quite enjoy telling them who CA are and how our products are enabling companies to digitally transform. Despite being lesser-known, our products are actually used by some of the biggest brands in the world, such as Netflix, L’Oreal and BT.
Favourite aspect of the DNA mission?
COLLABORATIVE: I truly enjoy working as part of a team to make sure a task gets finished. My European team are great at giving me advice where needed and providing me with constructive feedback on work. They understand that in order for me to get the most out of my internship, they need to work closely with me on tasks that they feel I would be good at. It is hugely satisfying to work with a team that are passionate about what they do too.
Advice for a candidate coming for an interview at CA Technologies?
Come prepared and do your research. Having confidence is also key, but being able to show that you’ve done your ‘homework’ for the interview shows you plan ahead. In addition, don’t be afraid to talk about your hobbies and interests outside of work. Wellbeing and having a work/life balance is something that is encouraged by the Wellbeing at CA team and shows to the interviewer that you have passions and interests beyond the world of work.
CA is extremely happy to welcome Laura to its vast family and wishes her success for her career ahead.
Laura Haldane – Communications Intern EMEA
Connect with Laura on LinkedIn here