Thursday, June 19, 2014

Intern Spotlight - Kathryn B.

I feel like I have hit the jackpot this summer by choosing to spend it with Mattress Firm. Although most people do not grow up dreaming of selling mattresses I have quickly learned that it can be a great career and that most importantly, the company helping you to do so is phenomenal.

A month ago I knew next to nothing about mattresses and although I am certainly not an expert yet, I have definitely expanded my knowledge since starting my internship at Mattress Firm. Who knew that a Protect a Bed was necessary to save your mattress from sweat and dust mites or that adjustable bases exist somewhere other than at the hospital? Not me. However, in my opinion it is not the specs about mattresses that is the most valuable thing I have learned from Mattress Firm, the internship is about much more than that. I have never worked with a group of people who are so passionate about what they do and about their community. I did not know that a workplace like this actually existed.

I was nervous to start this internship because it meant new people and a new city. However, I took a leap of faith and decided to move to Atlanta from North Carolina for the summer despite the fact that I knew no one here. Although it was tough at first, my coworkers quickly took me under their wing and were eager to show me around the city and make sure I was happy to be here and was enjoying my job. I could not have been placed in a better district. My District Manager, Intern Coordinator, and all of the other Area Managers, Store Managers, Assistant Managers, and Managers on Duty could not be better. They are all willing to help us learn and grow, both as Mattress Firm employees and as people and professionals in general. From the moment I walked in to the first day of training, I have felt welcome and a part of the Mattress Firm Family.

Mattress Firm is such a unique company who makes every effort to ensure that its guests and employees are as happy as possible. This internship could not be better so far and it inspires me to see how hard those around me are working and makes me strive to be better and eager to learn more every day. I could not be happier with my decision to intern with Mattress Firm in Atlanta this summer and I cannot wait to take my knowledge and personal growth back with me to Chapel Hill in the fall!

My advice to anyone seeking a job, part- or full-time, or an internship would be to not get consumed by titles and the company name or industry but to look for a company that is going to look out for you and has a culture that appeals to you. No matter how much you are getting paid, the job will be meaningless if you aren’t happy and aren’t growing as a person. It is important to find a company that wants to help you grow and wants to see you succeed. I have certainly found that and more with Mattress Firm this summer!


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