Case Study - Joanne Nazareno

Joanne Nazareno is a Career Academy student at Kincorth Academy in Aberdeen. During the summer of 2014 Joanne completed an internship with Petrofac, a major supporter of Career Academies UK in North East Scotland. Here she tells about the impact the internship has had on her.

“This summer, I was lucky enough to participate in a five week internship with Petrofac Offshore Projects & Operations in Aberdeen, working in the Communications Department. Not only has it enabled me to develop a lot of confidence, but has also given me a great insight into the working world, and helped me to decide on a possible future career.

“While at Petrofac, I was involved in some great projects and events, including writing articles for the internal newsletter but also writing for the website. 

“One of my fondest memories from the internship is having the opportunity to write about the Petrofac Training Cup, one of the cup competitions within Scottish football. With having a keen interest in sport journalism, and considering that as a future career, this was very beneficial to me. Before writing up one of the stories for the website, I was able to attend the second round draw of the competition and witness it being filmed. I was then lucky enough to interview the conductor of the draw, who also happened to be the Chief Executive of the SPFL (Scottish Professional Football League). This was definitely one of my highlights of the internship and I will remember the experience for the rest of my life. 

“My experience within Petrofac is definitely one of the best things that I have done, and I am grateful to Petrofac, and to Career Academies UK for giving me the opportunity. My confidence in both my work and personality has grown a significant amount, thanks to the internship and those that I was working with. 

“Since my five weeks within communications, I am now set on pursuing a career in communications and thanks to this, I feel that my time at Petrofac has been worth more than I ever could have imagined. I will be forever grateful to have participated in such a worthwhile experience.”