Friday, November 10, 2006

Q&A

First, I would like to say that I have greatly appreciated the interest I have received from you, my viewers, since the start of my time here in Texas. I hope that, during the course of my writings, you have found articles of interest, insight, and even encouragement.

Second, I am sure that you have a few questions about my time here, the intern household, etc. Thus, I am opening this post for any questions you may have about any aspect of my internship so far. I would be very interested on hearing from each one of you, though, you don't even have to identify yourself(dear blog stalkers:).

Thanks again for stopping by.

3 comments:

David Heustis said...

Hey, I met you at the film festival and promised I'd email you with some questions. But being the totally depraved human being that I am, I never got around to asking those questions. Here's an oportunity to redeem myself.

First question. I understand that you get to work in nearly all departments of the company. What occupations are most interesting to you, and was it anything like you expected when you first started?

My second question concerns the household. After reading the latest posts on Tait's blog, to be blunt, I suspect you guys have fun. What are usually the activities that go on in the intern household after everything is said and done for the day?

Great! I enjoy keeping up to date on your blog, it's quite a pleasure to read.

-David Heustis

Anonymous said...

Would you work at VF full time if given the opportunity?

Daniel B said...

David H. - First question. I understand that you get to work in nearly all departments of the company. What occupations are most interesting to you, and was it anything like you expected when you first started?

Daniel - I would have to say the most interesting department has been that of Customer Service. It is there that the most interaction between company and customer takes place. I particularly enjoy the pacing of the department and working the phones. This latter responsibility is not given without consideration and training from my CS superiors as the messages I communicate will irreversibly add or detract the customer’s attitude towards the company, regardless of whether or not what I had to say actually lined up with the policies of the company.

Constant changeups, plenty of work for all, irritated customers, problems that need solving ASAP!, exuberant customers; all responded to by a willing and capable representative. These the characteristics of the Vision Forum CS department and I think you may be able to see why I have enjoyed being part of the team.

David H. - My second question concerns the household. After reading the latest posts on Tait's blog, to be blunt, I suspect you guys have fun. What are usually the activities that go on in the intern household after everything is said and done for the day?

Daniel - Well, as soon as we get home we make sure that the dinner guy knows that he is the dinner guy. This is priority! Those not associated with meal preparation locate their computers and work on correspondence. This latter activity typically consumes a large chunk of our time as we respond to email, post blog updates, and work on other self-given writing assignments.

Also, with an intern video project in full swing, we are also shifting our priorities and schedules to allow 1-2 hours for assigned department projects; scripting, editing, storyboarding, etc. We then eat, clean, and resume our previous activities, which might also include the discussion of interesting topics that might arise during our studies.

Anonymous - Would you work at VF full time if given the opportunity?

Daniel - This is a very good question, and one that I have considered even before traveling down here. However, though I would enjoy the opportunity to work further as part of the Forum, there are too many variables on both ends that would have to be sorted out before I would actually be able to make such a descision.