We are proud to introduce our London Student of the Month, Vincent Iffland from Paul-Julius-von-Reuter-Schule in Germany! Through an exchange set up between his school and ADC College, Vincent could enrol with the Internship Programme, a EU-funded initiative enabling students from all over Europe to do work experience in London or Dublin. He was assigned a four-week work placement at TELC UK - an English language school in Wood Green, north London. While being very hard-working and courteous, Vincent also showed a great sense of humility and willingness to help out whenever possible. We are thrilled to publish this letter of his, where he writes about his experiences in London and the adventure of discovering a new city.
My name is Vincent Iffland and I am from Kassel in Germany. I am doing an apprenticeship as a salesman in wholesale and foreign trade and took my school’s and my company’s offer to visit London for a one-month internship. I really enjoyed living with my host family and coming home after work every day - I had great hosts and felt like I was part of their family.
Compared to Germany, people at work were quite relaxed, but still professional. I took on several tasks, such as checking and keeping the social media channels up-to-date or calling other companies and customers - especially in Italy. To be honest, it was not always easy to understand everyone on the phone. I just tried to be friendly and professional and I think that is a stable foundation from which a good working atmosphere can develop. Back home, the work that I do differs a lot from my tasks at the work placement here in the UK. In Germany, I sell products and advise customers. At TELC UK, I took care of the administrative tasks. I was offered to take part in several courses to improve my English skills, which I accepted and found very helpful.
The work culture in the UK is different, but the British lifestyle was an interesting experience as well. I have always wanted to see the world - not just because you have to speak fluent English in a globalised world, but also because new experiences are thrilling for me and bring me forward in life. If I was to give advice to new students going on the Internship Programme, it would be along those lines. Be open-minded to everything!
Vincent visited London with our Internship Programme, a project eligible for funding from Erasmus+. We also arrange 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.