My name is Yaqeen Al Barhi, and I am a student at Middle East College’s Civil Engineering Programme. My internship journey was an unforgettable experience that gave me essential knowledge and improved my personal and professional development. I was overwhelmed with excitement and intimidation as I entered the internship.
I realised that pushing myself beyond my comfort zone was the key to growth and discovery. As I worked on practical tasks, the theoretical knowledge I had gained came to life. It was an opportunity to see the immediate impact of my efforts and learn skills. Throughout my internship, I relied on experienced mentors. They graciously offered their knowledge, commented, and encouraged me to succeed.
The internship provided a stimulating environment for networking and making connections. As a fresh graduate civil engineer, training in telecommunications was an exciting and exceptional experience dealing with major operators. Working in the procurement department allowed me to deal with contractors, vendors, and bidders.
Aside from professional development, the internship was a transformative self-discovery journey. It challenged me to examine my skills and limitations, encouraged self-reflection, and sparked an interest in lifelong learning.
Training at Oman Towers Company in the commercial side of engineering, the Procurement and Contracts Department, from August 1, 2022, to May 31, 2023. This training opportunity has qualified me to prepare RFQs from scratch to end (PO to PR cycle), which includes creating a purchase requisition, requesting a quotation, creating a combined evaluation (technical and commercial), writing the letter of intent or award, and issuing the purchase order. Evaluating tenders by assessing bidder performance based on cost and delivery time, vendor registration and management: registration, receiving payments, follow-ups, preparing certificates, meeting with vendors, and updating the database using the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.
My internship at Oman Towers Company was an exciting trip that moved me forward on my journey of self-discovery and professional development. It served as a platform for connecting the division between practice and theory, creating meaningful connections, and facing issues with tenacity. I advise all interns to seize this chance, take a risk, and begin on a path that will unlock their potential. This will influence their future success.