The Reading Social Side #throwbackthursday
Welcome again to another throwback Thursday post. This time we are going to explore our amazing offices in Reading. For those of you who are going to be based there, do not miss out on this post.
by James Naldrett
Where are our Offices?
Hi, I’m an intern working in the Public Sector Licensing Sales team. I’m fortunate enough to be based in the UK Headquarters in Reading. The Reading offices are based in Thames Valley Park, a large, busy business park housing businesses such as Oracle, Fujitsu and BG Group. 15 minutes from the town centre, Thames Valley Park offers a free shuttle bus service to and from town and back with several stops in residential areas on the way.
How many interns work there?
I know I speak for the majority of Reading interns when I say that the thriving, 90 strong intern community is one the best things about our internship.
Socialising at work.
Within work, lunch is the main daily social event for interns, with the majority of us getting a big table and meeting for lunch, followed by a bit of pool, table football or Xbox. After work, as lot of us head down to the gym and spend more time chatting than working out!
Although a small amount of interns commute to work, the majority of interns in Reading live within a mile or two’s radius of the cemetery junction area. The area has a parade of shops and takeaways and is a prime student location on the shuttle bus route about 5 minutes from the offices. In houses of between 4 and 6, the close proximity of all the interns really brings a sense of student life, which is nice when you’re in a professional environment all day.
What about outside of work?
I can’t speak for all of the interns in Reading, but most of my evenings are spent chilling out with a group of interns watching football, playing video games (obviously Xbox) or watching TV. If it’s someone’s birthday, most interns will chip in for a present and we’ll go for a meal. On that note, Reading town centre is great for food and shopping. There’s something to please everything, from Nando’s to Miller and Carter Steakhouse and every high street retailer you could imagine.
What about the weekends?
When it comes to the weekends, we tend to let our hair down a bit. Weekends are the main time that we all get together, with most interns having a few drinks and then going on a night out on a Friday or Saturday in Reading. It’s important to note that at least one intern will make a complete embarrassment of themselves and have a bit of an awkward Monday morning in the office! Day times will usually be spent feeling a bit worse for wear eating a takeaway or two. Again, I’m only speaking for myself here.. I know that plenty of interns actually get up and make something of their weekend!
What I’m trying to get at, is that because there’s so many different interns in different areas of the business, you’re guaranteed to make friends in the intern community, which only makes your year more fun!