Starting a new job is never the most comfortable thing you can do. There are new people to collaborate with, new processes to learn, different ways of accomplishing tasks and even a different standard of work. I assumed that joining Blue Cottage would be the same as beginning any other job, a bit uncomfortable at times until I got used to it. However, after my first conference call, I found the exact opposite to be true. I was introduced as a new intern during the call and within five-minutes of hanging up, I had welcome e-mails in my inbox and invites to join Dallas colleagues for lunch.
Before joining Blue Cottage, I researched the website and saw what people were saying about their new, innovative ways to approach healthcare consulting. They are described as a laid back team, but produce some seriously complex and impressive work. With members scattered throughout North America, Blue Cottage remains a close team, using Skype, e-mail, and phone calls as frequent and normal means of communication. The bulk of face-to-face meetings are set aside for work with clients. Working remotely is not new to me and I think Blue Cottage is on the front lines of what is becoming “normal” to many people.
I didn’t know what to expect as an “intern” at Blue Cottage. Sometimes interns only make copies and get coffee for people. And while I can work a copy machine quite proficiently, I appreciate the work that has already been entrusted to me. I expect I will gain a greater knowledge of the healthcare industry by challenging work and projects.
Although the team members at Blue Cottage are laid back and fun, I have been struck with their impressive resumes and past experiences. Everyone brings something different to the team, which is what makes them collaborate so well. None seem to have a “normal” approach to their job because “normal” is not what is needed today. New, innovative ideas are required to win work.
I look forward to the chance to work with many different people this summer because I know I can learn a lot from them.
Amy Huff is a Healthcare Consulting Intern at Blue Cottage Consulting.