By admin | August 28, 2012
IDK’s latest fifth-birthday post from a past intern, is by Raluca Maier, who arrived to complete her post-graduate diploma in PR.
My story at IDK started in early 2011, when I had the chance to work next to Caroline Carswell on many projects. IDK was launching its Facebook page, organising its workshops for teens and was teaming with a Young Social Innovators group, to promote the need for newborn hearing tests.
Working with a student group from Our Lady’s Dundalk, who entered the YSI contest with a project on deafness, helped IDK a lot. Apart from being deaf for a lunch-hour and subtitling YouTube videos, the students created a Facebook Causes Page for UNHS (Universal Newborn Hearing Screening).
As IDK was working to inform parents and the national health service of the importance of UNHS, this was a big help and I loved being in the project.
What did you like best about working with IDK?
I had a lot of autonomy and initiative – writing website content, developing the Facebook page, organising workshops – but I was also helped and understood when I felt lost or scared by doing things for the first time.
This is why the experience with IDK helped me grow and learn that almost anything can be solved with patience and a professional attitude. And that you don’t have to be afraid of mistakes – they are inevitable and that’s how you get things right next time. It also showed me that when there is passion for what you do, you can build a lot from almost nothing.
What did you find most challenging about working with IDK?
It was fun and exciting, but also challenging to get to work with and to be surrounded by people with hearing issues. As a communications graduate, it showed me communicating is not all about words, talking (and hearing), but about finding new ways of communicating with others, no matter what.
Did working with IDK shape your work after moving on from here?
Having the chance to work on the PR and events management side of IDK made me clarify my goals for my future career and what I really want to do. Also, seeing Caroline do such amazing things with IDK developed my entrepreneur instincts and made me want to create something that I believe in and that I’m passionate about, when the right time comes.
I am very grateful to Caroline and the IDK team for giving me this enriching opportunity and wish them a very happy birthday and many more in future!
(compiled by Raluca Maier)