What have you learned from the experience (Technical)?
During my internship period in KYOCERA, it exposed me to the real environment in the field of Information Technology, where adjusting and mingling with others is a must to cope up with different standards and attitudes of an individual as team work is very important. This is a bridge to enhance my skills not only in communicating, but as well as doing analytical and technical activities.
I have gained a lot of experiences and knowledge which could help me in the future. Unimagined, real world life experiences; It’s all about the pursuit and what you learn along the way. School or book learning is a good way to start getting a handle on a new skill, but never goes as far as actual experience.
I was introduced to the team and afterwards had discussions on and about the software development process, the section, the projects, and the MFPs on the first week of my internship. I also learned about software quality and testing by reading powerpoint presentations. I then started to familiarize the C/C++ programming languages as I practiced coding using Visual Studio. I was then given a task to make a simple console application with arrays, pointers, and functions. Once I get myself to somehow familiarize the languages, I was then given the task to make a console application using a HCL API – KMCNTINFAPI. I was trained to different programming languages, C/C++, Java, and Android, which improved both of my technical and analytical skills in programming. I learned C at the university, basic programming, where there was no memory allocation and pointers. Only in Kyocera that I have learned those. I then was tasked to develop the HCL Automation Test Tools in C/C++ which helped me mastered the programming language.
Before having my internship at Kyocera, I wanted to further improve my analytical skills as I want to be able to visualize, articulate, and solve both complex and uncomplicated problems and concepts and make decisions that are sensible, I’m glad to say that I have improved.
I mentioned above how important it is to understand the people around me, their different attitudes and personalities as in this field of work, team work is very essential, luckily, my colleagues were very kind. I would email my teammates if I have any difficulty in solving or in understanding a certain task, then they would instantly come to my desk and help me.
My strengths are my dedication, patience, and perseverance to accomplish anything that is thrown at me to work on. I always try to have a positive outlook/be optimistic in every given task, but sometimes, I’m not confident enough, I always think I can’t do that, I can’t do this, but after trying, and accomplishing a task, I feel relieved and proud for having done a great job.
I was expected to accomplish all of the given tasks within an allotted time, to submit daily reports to my immediate superiors, to different team leaders of the sections, and to my team members, and to submit bi-weekly reports, in order for them to know the progress of each task and any occurring problems.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” I’m proud to say that I have learned a lot during my stay here in KYOCERA. Having my internship outside of Iloilo City gave me a chance to learn many things, and paved a way for me to discover who I am as a person, to know what I was capable of doing, and to push myself further for self-growth and improvements. For someone that has been very dependent, it was such a huge leap and accomplishment that I was able to live on my own, to feel independent once in a while. This internship did not only teach me more of my chosen field, but taught me the value of life. I now know the value of teamwork and I would have never mastered C/C++ if it weren’t for all the tasks that were given to me by my team leader. Overall, my internship is a success for it gave me a taste of the real world. Lastly, KYOCERA taught me with so many things that would be very beneficial to me in the near future, and I’m genuinely thankful for them, and for allowing me to have overtime. Indeed it was a wonderful journey.
“Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.” – Henry Ford
My experiences with people around me
On our first day, we had a tour of the office, orientations knowing what the company is, what it does and what each division and each section do. I was then deployed to my section, the SD43 section – Mobile and SDK. The office is very spacious and in good working condition. I was introduced to the team leaders and team members of my section. It surprised me to see that almost all of the employees are young, mostly of my age, or ranging from 20s-early 30s, which was why it wasn’t hard to reach out to them. Most of my colleagues were so fun to be with, most especially my good friends Anthony and Neil, I have spent most of my time with them in the office, wherein Anthony just stayed in the office for hours just to accompany me during my overtimes. There was never a dull moment with those two, which is why leaving has not been easy on my last day in Kyocera.
Upon my stay as an intern, it has always been in my mindset to be able to contribute to my team in any way that I can, to gain more knowledge as I only know the basics, and to make new friends while I’m at Cebu, and yes, yes, I did. I have met the most “imba” yet kindest and modest people while I’m at Kyocera.
The most memorable event during my Practicum
The most memorable event during my practicum would have been the kickoff party they planned for me. It was on May 18th, around 7:30 in the evening. I had no idea that they were planning on having a kickoff party / dinner for me, where everything I ate was free. I had to leave the office early in order to come, it would be a shame not to come when I’m the reason for the party.
What can I recommend for the improvement of the practicum program?
Overall, my internship is a success for it made me who I am today, someone that is independent, mature, and now have guts to take on challenges that would enable me to grow. Anyhow, 650-internship hours is more than enough to gain experience. The program was effective because the benefits has already provide opportunities for me to gain experience, and it determines for me to have an interest in a particular career. But then, I would like to recommend that there will be more deployment than the said two (2) deployment schedules as there is nothing much a student can do than to wait for other thesis groups to comply with their own requirements and, if possible the assigning of companies should be done a bit earlier so that students who will be taking their practicum outside of the city, and the parents, could prepare ahead of time.
My advice to those who will take their practicum in the near future
My advice to those who will be taking their practicum in the near future is to be focused on your goal/s, seize the moment, enjoy your internship in a way you would always want to remember it and love what you do or embrace what you will be tasked on doing so that you wouldn’t be stressed. My stress reliever would have to be singing in front of my computer, which was why my colleagues teased me on having concerts every single day and lastly, treasure the moments, the knowledge learned and friendship made during your stay.