When Camelia started her work experience at Fingertips and Beauty – a beauty assessment and training centre placement she had landed through our Internship Programme – she immediately displayed an enthusiasm for the tasks at hand. After she finished her placement, Camelia's supervisor wrote a very positive reference that highlighted her great attention to detail and willingness to work hard and develop her skills.
Originally from a small village in Upper Austria, the Internship Programme showed Camelia she is destined for big things. We spoke to the 17-year-old business student about her best moments and the importance of building your confidence.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
My name is Camelia, I am 17 years old and I was born in a small village in Upper Austria, although my parents are from Egypt. I am currently attending the business academy in Kirchdorf. In my free time I go horse-riding, read books and I love to travel. On Saturdays I work in a grocery store.
What sparked your interest for business?
I always loved the idea of doing business-related work. That is why I wanted to study at a business academy.
What was the best moment of your trip?
That is hard to say, because there were many amazing moments, but the first thing that stunned me was the breath-taking view from the plane when we arrived. I also loved going to Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and Madame Tussauds.
What was it like working at Fingertips and Beauty?
It was great, I really enjoyed working there. Also, I am glad that my supervisor was such a lovely person.
What were your tasks?
I designed a quality check list for test papers, shredded confidential documents, organised folders concerning student matters, located student numbers and checked if they matched the correct person. I also organised sample folders for future reference.
Your supervisor said you were very keen and dedicated to your work. How do you think you achieved that?
By always being motivated to work and trying my best to do the tasks right.
How would you compare your work placement to your work or school back home?
Working in London is much more relaxed than working and going to school in Austria.
How has this experience inspired you?
To try new things and to travel more.
What did you learn from the trip?
Not only did it improve my English skills, but my work placement also taught me how to be more confident when handling work-related situations.
What are your plans for the future?
Finishing my studies and then going to university. Other than that, I definitely want to visit London again!
What would your advice be for students who are yet to embark on this journey?
Enjoy the experience as much as possible and to not be afraid to take this opportunity. It is not a chance you get every day.
Camelia visited London with our Internship Programme, a project eligible for funding from Erasmus+. Now we are also arranging work experience projects in Dublin. 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.