When I was a kid, I knew that I was going to be a veterinarian one day, but that was only until I realized that I actually wanted to be a psychiatrist — I mean, musician. Point being, it can be a long and winding road to find what you want to do or who you want to become, and now I find myself taking my first crack at the real world.
My name is Craig Calloway, and I am one of the few interns currently working at The Starr Conspiracy. I am currently about halfway through my three-month internship. I graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in advertising and public relations. I also toured the country for three years in a band. I guess you could say I was on a seven-year degree plan. It’s debatable as to how much my time with the band will serve me as far as HR goes, but few days go by where I’m not thankful for the eye-opening experiences I had on the road and what I’ve learned on the business end of competing in an incredibly competitive and ruthless market.
But I digress.
I started the internship like many others probably have — working on a “feast or famine” basis with a project here, some research there and some Web surfing in between. Since then, I have been involved in an increasing amount of content writing and concept generation. I have definitely enjoyed becoming more involved and busy on the content side of the office, whether it’s writing taglines, dreaming up concepts or performing client research.
Like any intern, I’m here for a few reasons: To gain experience, learn about the industry, and increase my chances of turning an opportunity or interview in the future into a full-time job. When you walk into The Starr Conspiracy office, you are greeted with a stocked cocktail cart, vintage-style cigarette machine, unique furniture and awesome works of art all over the purple, red and old brick walls. It’s kind of a cool place to work — I won’t pretend otherwise. Despite the overwhelming amount of distracting “office furniture” (pingpong, foosball, shuffleboard), a lot of immensely intelligent and creative work is being done.
Maybe it’s all part of the conspiracy.
Conspiracy theories aside, in the next couple of weeks I will be going through what I’ll call a “journey of knowledge” into the HR technology and services industry from a newbie-intern point of view. I will be writing about everything from talent management software to what RPO is and why you should care about it.
Laurie calls it: “Craig the Intern Learns About Human Resources Technology.”
So until next time, “Stay classy, planet earth.”