Life and Career Lessons as Scotiabank World of Work Interns Complete Stint
“Always leave an impression.”
This was the messaged emphatically delivered to 43 aspiring young professionals as they finished their 4-week internship in Scotiabank’s World of Work programme.
It came from the Bank’s Director of Corporate and Commercial Banking for Barbados, Victor Boyce who started his own career as a teenaged intern in the same programme 21 years previously.
Boyce shared how as an intern travelling by bus from his home in St Lucy each day, he would arrive at Scotiabank’s Broad Street branch by 6:00 am each morning as he took the 5:00 bus to make sure that he got to work on time. Arriving daily before even the earliest employee ensured that he stood out to his supervisors and as a result, when a vacancy came up later on he was top of mind.
“I was determined that if they remembered one name, it would be Victor Boyce,” said the now senior executive to the interns gathered at the closing reception which was centred on the theme ‘Preparing to Meet Your Future Self‘.
Making the most of internships was another theme addressed during the reception, when Scotiabank marketing manager Amanda Lynch-Foster spoke about the lessons learned when she was an intern in another industry nearly two decades earlier.
“When you have an internship, put your hand up, take the initiative. Volunteer if necessary to take on a big task. Be courageous in your internships because those are the ones that leave an impression and make people remember them after they’ve gone.”