Norbert Figiel is an IT student from Poland with a knack for computer programming who recently travelled to the UK with the Internship Programme and Erasmus+. He was a great help at ADC College's IT department as well as Computer Aid International, a London charity aiming to tackle poverty by reducing the global digital divide. Here, the talented 19-year-old talks about the best moments of his trip and what he learned from meeting people in a sprawling metropolis.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
So, I'm Norbert. My hobbies are astronomy – which I have been interested in since childhood - motorcycles and computer programming. I also love listening to different kinds of music.
What was the best moment of your trip?
London sightseeing at the weekend was great, but I liked working at ADC and Computer Aid International as well.
What were your placements like?
ADC had a good atmosphere as the people there are very nice and polite. There, I cleaned operating systems. My placement at Computer Aid International was also great, but busier, which made me feel more tired. My main task was repairing old computers and modernising them for re-use in Africa.
How would you compare your work placement to your work or school back home?
Coming back here was like coming back to a grey reality. In Poland, people aren't as polite, understanding and positive as people in London. However, I learned many things that will be useful at school and at work after I graduate.
How has this experience inspired you?
This work experience has really boosted my desire to better my language and computer programming skills. I have also become a more open and positive person.
What did you learn from the trip?
I learned a lot about the functions of older PCs. Even though I still make mistakes, my English has gotten much better from being here, compared to learning English back in Poland.
What did you find most exciting about working and living in a new country?
For me the most exciting experience was the opportunity to see the daily lives of people in such a huge city. Communicating with other people in English was equally exciting.
What are your plans for the future?
I'm going to become a professional computer programmer. In the near future, I also want to buy my first motorcycle, pass all of my school exams and observe the sky through my telescope more often than I do now.
What would your advice be for students who are yet to embark on this journey?
In my opinion, the most important things are an open mind and a smile on your face. I recommend talking a lot despite making mistakes – just like I did!
Norbert visited London with 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 sponsored. Call a Country Manager today on +44 2084249424 or send us a message.