We couldn't choose just one candidate for Student of the Month this time around. Business students Saskia Hoch and Catrin Hefel, from Liechtenstein and Austria respectively, were both outstanding during the Internship Programme, an Erasmus+ funded project that enables European students to gain work experience in London. Whereas Saskia learned how a charity-run school operates, Catrin managed the reception at a busy recruitment centre. Here they reflect back on the trip that inspired them to explore the world.
We are Saskia and Catrin and we study at the Handelsakademie in Feldkirch in western Austria. In our spare time we love to be active; in the summer months we go swimming, biking, running and hiking and in winter we go skiing in the Alps.
As we both love to travel the world and are interested in different cultures, the opportunity of doing an internship in London was a great experience for us. Working in a foreign country is totally different from just being there as a tourist - we could dive into the culture of London and be part of the overwhelming lifestyle. That was the best part of our stay.
Saskia: My placement was at Real Action, which is a learning charity for children from deprived communities. In the mornings I attended classes, while the afternoons were spent dealing with the organisation of folders and student contact details. My colleagues were all very nice and I especially enjoyed the time spent with the teachers, who were all so friendly. We had the best time together!
Catrin: I interned at 360 GSP and it was the best thing that could have happened to me. My colleagues were great, helpful and funny, so you might be able to guess that my time in London was filled with fun. 360 GSP is a training, test and recruitment centre specialising in all kinds of computer programs. During the two weeks of the internship, I was in charge of dealing with new customers at reception as well as welcoming and signing in the test candidates. The rest of the time was spent doing office work, like printing, organising folders and writing emails.
In school we've learnt a lot of theory around business, but we've never actually worked in an office. This work experience gave us an opportunity to use our knowledge from school and improve our skills as well as our English.
Working in another country showed us that we both want to work abroad someday. Plus it inspired us to learn another language and improve our communication skills. Not only did we get an idea of how it would be to live and work abroad, but we also realised how easy it is to get to know new people, and also the importance of being open to something new.
Both of us found it fascinating that it doesn’t really matter where you go and where you are, as we as humans quickly adapt. We were able to feel at home in a new place in less than two weeks!
Travelling around the world and getting to know different cultures as well as working in as many countries as possible is certainly on both of our to-do-lists and we are glad to be able to say that we had the opportunity to work in the UK.
Our advice to everyone is the simple sentence; “magic happens outside of your comfort zone”. It's totally normal to be scared before going abroad and to overthink everything, but we promise that it gets easier. In these two weeks we learned things we will remember for the rest of our lives. We hope that you also have the opportunity explore the world and do an internship with ADC College.
Saskia and Catrin visited London with our Internship Programme, a project eligible for funding from Erasmus+. 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.