Gonçalo Grilo

We have been very fortunate to have had a very talented intern with us on a work placement over the past few weeks. We asked him a few questions about his time working with us.

Who am I?

My name is Gonçalo Grilo and I am a 2nd year University College Birmingham Business Enterprise student, who is currently studying and working on a placement with The Future Melting Pot.

Why did I choose TFMP?

I have always been that type of person who loves helping others, especially when those people really need a hand. Here at the Future Melting Pot, we not only give a hand, but we also give an opportunity for life-changing assistance, with our collaboration with Homeless Rooms Birmingham, which aims to support the homeless with finding accommodation. This, alongside with all the events and campaigns launched by TFMP, made me decide to do a placement with them.

What did I expect before starting my placement?

To be honest, I was a bit nervous at first, thinking that I wouldn’t be able to learn much because it´s always difficult when you’re new at a new place, especially in a different country. I never been in a place like TFMP before, so the only thing that reminded me of them, was all the acts of kindness that I remember of doing through these last years. However, I was at the same time expecting good things about it, such as friendliness and open-minded people.

What did happen after I started my journey with them?

I am now halfway to completing my placement and let me be fully honest, I couldn’t be any happier due to a lot of reasons. Firstly, their friendliness and communication since the interview made me realise how nice, caring and sincere this company and its workers are. Secondly, they´re one of the most hardworking people I have ever worked with, and the curious thing is they can be hard working and at the same time funny, which means that when it is time to work, we work really hard, but when there is any break or any time to kill, they make me laugh and make me feel good. Thirdly but not least, I have still a few more weeks with TFMP but I can already say that I´ve been learning enormously with them.

What have I learnt from the Future Melting Pot?

As a Marketing Assistant, I have been taught how to manage social media marketing, how to create relevant content and schedule it, using online tools, such as Hootsuite publisher, Analytics. I also learnt how to use and promote properly a crowdfunding to incentive people finance our business, as well as formulating and developing marketing strategies, by designing, using tools like mood boards, infographics, charts, etc. The best part is that I still have a few more weeks to learn more things.