This weeks highlight would definitely the Google event!
All the interns got together at the What Can You Do? event, hosted by Google, where they had the chance to listen and speak to a panel of successful members of the disability community. It was very interesting to hear what the panel had to say about being an employee with a disability and how you can make the best of it.
They emphasized that "at work, it's what people can do that matters."
Members of the panel also shared their experiences on their career paths and how they ended up with the positions they have today. One thing they said, that really hit me, was that nothing is set in stone, that you never know where one job or internship can lead you into.
Another discussion that was interesting was the employee boundary conversation. It was nice to hear that we are not obligated to answer e-mails that come in at 3:30 in the morning, although I'm sure that as interns this doesn't happen as much, but for future reference it was a good advice!
They also told us that we should all be taking advantage of our environment, and explore DC while we have the chance. They gave us great suggestions on museums, monuments and parks, some of which I have never even heard of, even though I grew up near the area! So, now I am determined to check out all the attraction that DC has to offer!
I also learned a great deal about Google. I am not determined to get an internship at Google next year, after hearing that the company provides them with a chef to make them lunch everyday, and their food was delicious! Oh and of course, some of the employees were wearing shirts and jeans as their work attire.
But of course, nothing beats the office setting of AAPD!
I am looking forward to seeing everyone again at our next event.
Enjoy your weekend everyone!