The first time I stepped into the office of ACT360 was for my interview. Thinking back, I was intimidated and nervous, because this was my first interview. Although I was terrified inside, I tried to play it cool.
When I entered the office that day, I had imagined everyone to be working inside their personal cubicles and paying no heed to the new person entering their office. Instead, I was welcomed and seated.
As I waited, I could see everyone working, and it differed from what I had imagined an office atmosphere to be. There were transparent glass walls sectioned rooms and instead of cubicles, and everyone was sitting side by side. The environment was different, and it was definitely a new outlook for a workplace, especially in Nepal.
The interview happened while I was still in a daze of nervousness. The interviewers told me that my writing was not up to the mark, and then they asked me what I was hoping for. I had lost all hope but after I answered them, to my surprise, they still wanted to add me to their team as an intern. After hearing the news I was both ecstatic and anxious.
My first day
Then came my first day, it was still very different from what I had expected. The morning huddle, sharing good news, the prank played on the new interns were things I was taken aback by. Moreover, since it was a Sunday, there was a session for presentation. I had to participate in it too, and my role was to give an impromptu speech. I had to talk for just 3 minutes, but in front of new people I did get really nervous.
Once everyone was seated, the work began. Even then, everyone discussed work with each other. They were interacting and encouraging each other. They appreciated your opinions and ideas. Despite being an intern, I never felt like one, especially since I was taken in as a part of the team.
Eren di gave the orientation to me and Sophiya, a fellow intern. She focused on the core values of the company, which are:
- Family of Superstars,
- Thirst for Learning,
- Ensuring Customer Success, and
- Fun and Innovative.
These are the values the teams strive to follow. The team also keeps in mind the core purpose that is to “Do awesome things”. Following these values ensures that everyone is hardworking and fun at the same time.
The overall journey
I started my work in the office as an intern in mid-July, and I can undoubtedly say the work environment that this team provides will be tough to find anywhere else in Nepal.
In the past 3 and a half months, so many things have happened. We shot fun videos running around the office, had a huge potluck lunch before Dashain, did nail art between work and added ketchup in coffee (well that was just me). The last “fun” experiment resulted in me being named “Ketchup girl” in the whole office.
During my internship, my writing skills have noticeably improved. I am now more aware of my mistakes and I know where I lack as a writer. But that’s not the only place I have grown. I feel that I, myself as a person have developed.
I came here to learn while getting great experiences, and without a doubt, I can say that this team has given me more than that. Applying at ACT360 all those months ago was one of the best decisions I ever made. Entering the office everyday feels like entering your second home. We are a family, a family of superstars.
Let’s do awesome things!