We are excited to introduce you to our Dublin Student of the Month: Cihan-Marcel Kartin, a 19-year-old business student from Germany. He arrived in Dublin with the Internship Programme and Erasmus+ at the tail-end of last year and greatly impressed his colleagues at O'Sullivan Kenny Solicitors, where he interned for four weeks. As you can tell from his beautiful letter, Cihan-Marcel displayed great enthusiasm and efficiency at his work placement and we have no doubt that he will go far, whatever future he chooses.
First of all, I want to express my thankfulness to ADC College for choosing me as their Student of the Month! The Internship Programme allowed me to visit Ireland - not only to do an internship -but to gain insight into Irish culture. It was one of the best experiences of my life!
My name is Cihan-Marcel and I study business in the charming town of Detmold in Northrine-Westphalia, Germany. The first time I signed up to a foreign exchange programme was back in 2013, when I went to America for eleven months. I was placed with a host family in the sunny city Anaheim Hills in Southern California and did all the things typical for an American teen; I went to High School, homecoming, prom, watched football games - you name it. But that is not the end of it! I was also granted the chance to improve my English, meet a lot of interesting people and discover a culturally diverse country. It was the starting point of working towards a future that would take me beyond the German borders.
Since then, I graduated from the Commercial Training Institute in Flensburg and currently study at the Business College in Detmold. Both provide studies in which you can develop a better understanding in the fields of business administration and economics. Why, you ask me? Because it is such an interesting terrain! I would like to follow in the footsteps of great entrepreneurs and perhaps shape the future. I want to study economics and entrepreneurship and I want to achieve this by graduating with an applicable degree. I know it will be an uphill battle but I don’t want to limit myself or give up.
To gain more experience I decided to do an internship in Dublin, Ireland. I was placed with a host family, stayed for four consecutive weeks and interned at a fascinating business - the solicitor’s office of O’Sullivan Kenny. There, I got a glimpse of the services they provide for their clients. I was scared at first because I was everything but familiar with the legal business. I tell you, never restrict yourself from learning something new! An internship is the best way possible to broaden your horizon. During my time there, I attended court with my boss and my wonderful co-worker, performed office tasks such as filing, taking phone calls from our clients and most importantly, having conversations with my colleagues. That way, I was able to further improve my English.
Looking back, it was worth it. Not only did I like the work, but I also reached a new milestone in my development of becoming a world citizen. I am highly motivated to contribute to future establishments of economic and social growth. I ended up making evident that I can prove myself reliable and efficient and be proud of myself. The experience - or let me use the word ‘adventure’ - has cemented my goals in life.
Still, there is so much that yet has to be conquered. I would like to pursue this by working and living in a new country. I want to make new friends from various cultures and learn something new every time I get the chance to. I am excited about what awaits me and I am actually planning on making my way to Dublin again. The city is astonishing, with remarkable architecture, and filled with magnificent and welcoming people. Their hospitality made my encounter with Ireland exceptionally memorable.
If you have ever thought about participating in a programme like the Internship Programme, I encourage you to make it a reality. You will improve your knowledge, become confident in advancing out of your comfort zone and you will make new friends from outside of your familiar environment. This kind of opportunity will not be given to you everyday and there is nothing to lose from taking part. Best wishes on your journey!
Cihan-Marcel visited Dublin with our Internship Programme, a project eligible for funding from Erasmus+. We are also arranging work experience projects in London. 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.