How we work remotely with international interns

Meet the glamorous, if not slightly blurry, team behind DigitalGrads.

Once a foreign concept, remote working has now become an integral part of our lives. We have all grown accustomed to virtual working, with employees being dispersed far and wide.

They say technology makes the world smaller, and we wholeheartedly agree. In this new age of technological advancement, the world really is at our fingertips.

With this in mind, developments in tech have meant that we are now able to work with people from around the world. As employers, we know the value of international interns and employees. The ability to work collaboratively and in real-time with people on the other side of the world is an incredible development.

For the past couple of months, we have been working with Interns both from the UK and worldwide. We’d like to introduce you to 2 of our international interns: Ritu and Jimeet, who, throughout the duration of their internships, worked either in India or Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E)

What were your daily tasks?

Ritu –

My tasks involved profile creation for graduates on the hiring platform and contacting potential recruiters via LinkedIn and occasional data entry.

Jimeet –

My job title was Sales and Recruitment Intern. Daily tasks included making graduate profiles on the DigitalGrads Platform, conducting lead generation with small amounts of administrative tasks, communicating with, and fostering the growth of the graduate community. 

How did you find working not only remotely but internationally?

Ritu –

Frankly speaking, remote working has its pros and cons. One positive I experienced was the flexibility that comes with remote working and the ability to plan my day independently.
However, one of the biggest disadvantages I found was the time zones.

I am in a different time zone (4.30 ahead to the GMT time zone) so it’s the afternoon when I start working which is not the best time and somewhat hampers one’s productivity too.

Another drawback I experienced, was when I found myself with numerous queries which I feel are easier to sort out in person rather than using any platform (but the team has been very helpful and always quick at responding). Overall, it was a good experience working remotely.

Jimeet –

Working remotely was definitely a new experience. It was a new change wherein, I was able to stay at home and work peacefully instead of commuting to and fro from the office (which would have been quite hard considering I was in another country and due to COVID). However, this change also made me realise that your working hours may change at times unintentionally, and being flexible is very important.

Example: There are times when you have to attend a meeting at 18:30 even though your work ends by 17.30. This situation may not normally arise if I worked in an office and helped me be flexible, adaptable, and was possible because of technology and online calling. 

Was there anything you struggled with as international interns?

Ritu –

As a Master’s student, I had to manage my Research Project alongside the internship. So, it was very important to create a balance between the two. Not to forget the time difference as well.

Jimeet –

No. Fortunately, DigitalGrads covered each specific area and ensured interns were comfortable to work remotely whilst making sure work was completed on time. 

So… there you have it – first-hand accounts of working, not only remotely, but internationally. Jimeet and Ritu have been invaluable members of the DigitalGrads team, so hopefully you can see how international working not only works in theory but in practice.

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As a recent graduate from the University of Reading. I am currently working with DigitalGrads as their content and marketing intern.
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