Christopher Sila Kihonge

My latest professional experience was one of the most enriching in my life. I spent the last 3 months doing an internship at Kipenz Films. This is where I spent a little over 3 months trying to get my career development and have my personalities straight. I was constantly learning from my mistakes and getting involved in many aspects of the company such as Filming, Editing and Administration.

Every time I didn’t accomplish something significant, I tried taking a step back and reflect on it, listing 5 to 10 things I have learned. Today I’m out of the company, naturally, I did this exercise to clearly see how I have grown and surprisingly I realized being there was one of the best things in my new life. I decided to share my personal development because I think it may be beneficial to others as well. The experience has taught me more than I could ever have imagined. Filming Intern, I feel my duties were diverse, and ever-changing. Sometimes it’s tough to recall everything I have taken in over the past months, but I feel that these are some of the most beneficial lessons I have learned:

I’m not alone:
Coming into this position, I felt that I had no idea where my career was going and I lacked confidence about what I could do and what I am really good at. My experience at Kipenz Films has definitely given me a better understanding of my skill set and where my career may take me, but most importantly, I’ve come to learn that I am not alone. This job has taught me that almost everybody is in my same position. Very few college students know what they want to do, and it is something that is simply not worth worrying about. Thanks to my mentors, I know that if I continue to work hard things will fall into place.

To keep Filming:
This was huge for me. I have always enjoyed filming, and always felt that I was pretty good at it. Yet, what this position taught me is that I really didn’t have the filming skills I thought I had. Filming takes practice and discipline like Kenneth used to tell me and I simply was not practicing enough. I had to learn to adapt a new tone with my filming, something that took a little getting used to. This position kept me filming something new everyday, and I can say that my filming has improved drastically.

How to behave in the office:
This being my first position in an office atmosphere, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. The environment and the experience at Kipenz Films is quite relaxed, yet it taught me how to behave in the workplace. Simply working in the office and getting used to everything here has definitely prepared me for whatever my next position may be. Just observing the everyday events has taught me more about teamwork, and how people can come together to get things done.