It was my intern’s last day today. I say my intern, he was the team’s intern of course, but I hired him and he was the first person I was fully responsible for line managing so I’m claiming him as my own, and today I feel a bit like I imagine a parent must feel when their offspring leave the nest, a mixture of sadness and pride. Mike was a great asset to the team and will be sorely missed, but he’s going to a better place!
An interesting first for me today, I hired someone. We had an intern vacancy in the team for the next six months to assist with customer support during our busy period and then to help with the upgrades to Mahara and Equella. This was all approved and most of the paperwork done some time ago, before I was even in post, but the final tasks were assigned to me which included liaising with the Intern Factory, advertising, selection and defining the interview questions and procedures.
I had a crash course on recruitment and selection on Thursday in time for the interviews on Friday afternoon. We interviewed three people, all of whom could have done the job, but one who had just a bit more experience and gave a slightly better interview, so I feel really sorry for the other two.
This will also be my first official experience with line managing someone, as opposed to just supervising, though I was responsible for an agency worker we had in for three weeks last month for a specific task.