William Grealy shares how he found his way as an intern at Indeed, and which new challenges he face as an Account Executive in a virtual environment.
My Indeedian Story
Hi! My name is William Grealy, and I am a recent graduate of Dun Laoghaire Institute Of Art Design & Technology. I am also an ex Indeedian intern and now a current Account Executive working in sales for the UK and Ireland market. I’m writing this in the hopes of giving you an insight into my journey with Indeed which started virtually from home. I hope that diving deep into my experience will shine a light on what it’s like to intern for a company like Indeed.
Landing the internship
A few months before summer of 2019, I applied for a number of internships. At the time I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do when I finished college but I knew I should gain some experience as I was studying for a business degree. When I received an email from Indeed inviting me for an interview I was overjoyed. The interview process was pretty thorough; it consisted of three rounds and four interviews. This was my first corporate styled interview so I really wasn’t sure what to expect.
My first piece of advice: try not to worry or overthink, just be yourself!
A few weeks later I got a call and I had landed what felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The Internship of a lifetime
Deciding to take on this somewhat scary and challenging internship was to gain experience in an area I was interested in but it opened up a door to meet a network of new people and develop my own personal and professional skills.
To give you some snippets of what came next, I’ll tell you about my first couple of weeks. I’m usually a pretty outgoing kind of guy but believe me I was so nervous on my first day. Luckily the other interns and I got to experience the newly built state of the art Capital Dock Offices, an experience which was jaw dropping.
From the newest technology to free snacks and open planned offices, it really felt like the start of a good summer!
Our first week was the onboarding process, which was to prepare us for our new roles.
Though as daunting as it was, Indeed really made all the interns feel like they were full time employees, I think that was one of the highlights.
I then stepped into my new team and started my role as an account executive. Where I assisted my team in contacting clients and learning the Indeed way. The summer consisted of numerous client meetings, fun training, social events, talks from senior management and overall an amazing experience.
I think the biggest benefit for me was that I started to paint a picture of what I wanted to pursue after college and I learned a lot about myself through the internship.
What was next
Two months later… I was on the bus home after a long day of final year college and received an email from Jacqueline Breslin an Indeed University Recruiter. I knew that they would let all interns know if they were to receive a return offer or not! A couple weeks later I accepted my full time contract with Indeed to start in September 2020 as an account executive based in Dublin. To be honest, I was so excited about rejoining such a genuine, ambitious and people-driven company.
However, between when I accepted my offer and my start date, COVID-19 had kicked off and the virtual world began.
When I started I was blown away by everything about Indeed. If I am being honest, it wasn’t easy, starting remotely was a challenge and it still is. I know I’m not just talking for myself when I say this past year has been a huge challenge for everyone. From when I started until now, you learn too quickly to adapt to the environment, get into a routine which suits your way of working and overcome the challenges you face. A lot of this due to all of the support you have around you at Indeed, well, virtually in our case. From the comprehensive training, to the people there, to being given absolutely everything you need to do your job to the best of your ability. I do miss the interaction with my team, meeting new people, meeting clients and everything that comes with the job but I am definitely looking forward to seeing everyone back in the office soon!!
My last piece of advice to anyone chasing a new job or internship is don’t hold back, be confident in what you do, how you speak and don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you’re lucky enough to land an opportunity at Indeed, and you’re able and willing to work hard and smart, then look no further. Life is about taking chances, if you don’t take it, how will you ever know?