Q: Amy, you previously mentioned the importance of mentorship. How do you find a mentor?
Amy: I would say start with the group you work with. Through your job and the projects you work on, you’ll meet a lot of different people; if you find someone you admire or click with, pursue that friendship or professional relationship.
Don’t expect to find a mentor right away, but once you meet more people, you might find someone you admire that could bring value to you; that could be a great mentor.
Q: Finally, why did you stay at TD SYNNEX? What’s your advice to someone who isn’t sure they want to stay at their internship company full-time?
Nate: My advice would be to network — just talk to people. They’ve been in your shoes, and their experience can help you get more clarity on your situation.
I love that TD SYNNEX is very malleable in terms of where and how you work. I met a couple of people on my current team who I just really clicked with, and it was just a perfect fit for me.
Sumairuddin: Find somewhere that treats you equally and with respect. I never really had good experiences when it came to management, but here at TD SYNNEX, my team treated me equally and respected my opinion. I even shadowed three departments, but each of the managers was kind and listened to my ideas.
For me, it wasn’t about the money; it was more about the relationships I had with others and how many opportunities they could offer me to grow.
Lydia: My advice would be to decide early on what your end goal is. For me, that was getting a full-time role at the company. By having that clearly defined goal early on, I was able to seek advice and pursue that goal for the entire 10 weeks of my internship.
Moving into a full-time role, I knew I wanted to work for a company where I can grow and make an impact, and I found that here at TD SYNNEX. Knowing that we were merging two billion-dollar companies around the time that I joined was huge, so being able to say that I made an impact and am continuously growing in my role is a great opportunity.
Good luck to all the Summer interns out there! We wish you the best and hope you have a fulfilling and positive experience.