Meet Alexander Rose, our talented and versatile Student of the Month. The 22-year-old have been working as an apprentice in the metal industry for more than five years and has passed his technical diploma, yet at the same time he dreamt of working abroad. With Erasmus+ and the Internship Programme he got the opportunity to travel to London and try out an entirely different industry for a few weeks, namely childcare. We asked about his inspiring time here and what he learned from his work experience at Kenmore Park and Hillview Children's Centres.
What was the best moment of your trip?
This is a difficult question because I enjoyed everything about London! It started with arriving at Heathrow airport - I was a little scared of the flight because I had never flown before - and it ended with the last day. I enjoyed talking with my host mother and her delicious breakfast and dinner. Her house was tiny but lovely. I also enjoyed my English lessons at ADC College and especially the awesome teachers. Every day I travelled around London and did some sightseeing with my classmates. And last but not least; my work experience at the nursery.
What was your internship like?
My work placement was nearly like a kindergarten in Germany. It was really tidy and there was a clean garden behind the house with some flowerbeds and a climbing frame. The children were happy and my colleagues were nice and we all enjoyed the good weather together.
What were your tasks?
Playing with the children, tidying up the playroom and garden, taking care of the kids and trying to teach them some German words. And other things, like doing tricks while playing soccer.
Your work placement must have been very different from working in the metal industry?
Comparing the two would be the like trying to compare apples and oranges. I must say I really enjoyed the work and overwhelming experience that is childcare. I learned so many things, like how to interact with children, what to do if they're in a bad mood or tired and how to support their learning.
How has this experience inspired you?
To be more polite and openminded. The British culture is very interesting and I will try to maintain some of it, like talking more to my future colleagues. It was so inspiring that I'm actually thinking about travelling back to London for work in a couple of years.
What did you learn from the trip?
How to be more organised. I also learned that patience is very important in London. Furthermore the culture was very exciting for me. One time we went to the pub after work, drank some beer and left for home no later than 9 o'clock. That's really different from how we do it in Germany! These were all very positive impressions.
What did you find most exciting about working and living in a new country?
My biggest fear was to communicate with other people in English because I thought my English skills were bad and I was a little ashamed. But after a few hours it was the most exciting experience I've ever had.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to pass my studies, save up money for one or two years in Germany and then work around the world – I'd especially like to work in London.
And of course I'll come and visit ADC College once I'm back.
What would your advice be for students who are yet to embark on this journey?
My biggest advice is to do the internship, no matter what your plans are for the time being. All in all, it's a superior experience and you shouldn't miss it! Don't be shy or afraid of being thrown into cold water. The warmth of your host family, teachers and colleagues will lift you up soon enough.
Alexander 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.