Last time we spoke to Chantal Lamont, she was living it up in London, doing an internship in the HR department of the hotel chain Raddison Blu. A year and a half has passed since then and we decided to check in with the talented Swede to see what she has been up to. Did she graduate from her business studies as planned? How did the Internship Programme affect her in the long run? As it transpires, Chantal has turned 23 and continues to make the most out of life.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.
I live in Sweden at the moment and work in customer service, as an account executive and communicator. Besides that my current goal in life is to save up to travel to Australia and possibly work and live there. Only the future will tell!
What has changed since we last saw you?
What has changed... well, what hasn't? I have graduated from school, which feels great. I have got my own apartment. I have scored a good job. As it turns out, hard work pays off. Also I feel a lot more grown up than I used to, but I am not sure if that is a good thing... Adult does not equal easy.
How do you think the Internship Programme has affected your life?
I think it affected me massively, in so many ways. It has taught me many things about life in general, and about myself. It taught me to dare try new things.
You did work experience in the HR department of Raddison Blu. Has that affected your choices or career in any way?
Sure it has! I have never really thought about working within the HR world or at a hotel before, but it was actually really interesting to see how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together. Even though I am not working within human resources today, I can imagine myself having a position in the field. I do enjoy administrative work and helping others.
The last time we spoke to you, you said you were interested in moving to the UK. Is that something you still want to pursue?
For sure, I am just not sure when that would be an option. But hey, if an opportunity shows up, I might be on the next plane.
Is there a memory of your time in London that has stayed with you?
This is going to sound so cheesy, but I think I have to say the times spent with my colleagues and the people I got to know during my introduction course at the hotel. They are all amazing people and I actually keep in contact with several as of today. So yes, I would most definitely call that a time and memory worth remembering - finding new friends from all over the world.
Have you taken any other leaps into the unknown recently, aided by the confidence boost you talked about in your last interview with us?
Um, I dared to ask a random guy out on a date, if that counts? Haha. I never heard back from him, but that is not the point in the end. The point is to just do it, having the guts to do it, no matter the outcome, rather than regret you never did. Because where is the fun in that?
What are your plans for the future?
Tough question... I think you might find me in Australia, living my passion.
Chantal visited London through 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 send us a message.