Jana Hamouzova is a bright business student from the Czech Republic currently interning at ADC College with the Internship Programme. She wrote an article about adjusting to life in London and her hopes for the future.

Photo: Jana Hamouzova

Photo: Jana Hamouzova

Like most other 18-year-olds in my home town, I have an ordinary life - listening to music, doing homework, going skiing – so the vibrant London lifestyle truly amazes me. So far, I’ve had a marvellous time. I have seen some of the famous sights and visited the National Gallery, enjoying Monet’s and Van Gogh’s paintings.

I was nervous before I arrived. I have never been to the UK before and was scared that I would feel homesick, but after one week all my worries are gone. ADC College has been helpful, too, when there was a problem with my work placement. Now I work in their office and assist with admin, marketing and research tasks. I like the atmosphere and could easily see myself working here in the future.

London suits me perfectly. There are so many different people here and nobody cares what you look like when you walk down the street.

London suits me perfectly. There are so many different people here and nobody cares what you look like when you walk down the street. Meeting new people is the most exciting thing about living and working in a new country. I believe I’m a friendly and easy-going person and perhaps that’s one of the reasons why I like it here so much. The mentality is different from the Czech Republic. People are friendly and curious to know more about you.

I have also learnt how to act at work; what to say and what not to say. I speak more and am not as shy as I used to be when speaking English. This is something which will be useful to me back home when I apply for jobs or do my university entrance exams.

I thought I had straightforward plans for my future, but after a week in London they are changing a little. I want to be an English and Czech language teacher in secondary school and apply to the Charles University in Prague for teacher training. But I have also been thinking that I could find a job here in the UK after finishing school and maybe study at an English university.

Jana is participating in our Internship Programme, a project eligible for EU funding. Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about what we do and how to get funding. Call a country manager today on +44 2084249424 or email us.

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