1st Entry

Posted by Sean Chedda at Jan 23, 2015 09:57 AM |
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My first week as an intern was definitely a fascinating experience. After stepping into the office not knowing what to expect, any nervousness and uncertainty quickly passed after being welcomed by the staff and other interns who helped me to feel at ease in this new environment.

While reading up further on UNEP and SPAW, it became clear to me just how vast and important the work done here is, and how much I have to learn from being a part of this team.

The first days flew by in a flurry of unfamiliar acronyms, battles with the photocopier, research-based tasks and new experiences. Activities this week included a very helpful and interactive introductory session held for the interns, during which we were formally introduced to the work of the UNEP-CEP and its various sub-programmes. Another highlight was the opportunity to put my research skills to use while investigating regional coral reef reports and action plans. All things considered, I am very excited to see what the next few months will bring!

Challenges Faced
Despite thinking I had a pretty good grasp on what I was getting myself into with this internship; I quickly realized that there was so much more to learn. All the various programmes, sub-programmes, conventions, treaties, protocols etc. can get pretty overwhelming at times, and often seem to meld together. Any confusion experienced is then almost guaranteed to be worsened by a massive collection of obscure acronyms.

Lessons Learned
So far, I have learned to approach new tasks and information with an open mind and simply not allow myself to become overwhelmed if they seem particularly daunting.