We are so happy to introduce our new Student of the Month! Rabia Konuk is a 20-year-old business student from a small town called Plettenberg in Germany. She arrived in Dublin in March with the Internship Programme, an Erasmus+ funded venture that makes it possible for European students to do work experience abroad. Rabia interned at IBAT College, a business school located in the hip area of Temple Bar, where she helped students and assisted her colleagues with administrative tasks. We asked her a few questions about her journey and were excited to hear that she considers her time in Ireland one of the best experiences of her life!
What sparked your interest for business studies?
The economy and industry have always interested me. That is why I want to work in the commercial sector. I want to learn how the economy works and my apprenticeship is the best way to do this because I learn everything from purchasing to sales and accounting.
What was the best moment of your trip?
I had a great time in Dublin and enjoyed every moment. But I fell in love with the landscape of Ireland!The Cliffs of Moher and Giants Causeway was indescribable. I was also very lucky to have the chance to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. That is a day I will remember.
What was it was it like working at IBAT College?
It was different and a lot of fun. The atmosphere at the school was very pleasant and my colleagues and supervisor were very friendly and helpful. I was really happy for every task I got and I tried to solve them as well as possible. Working at a college was also a great opportunity to improve my English.
What were your tasks there?
I worked with the IBAT-system and helped out during the students’ Master Data Examination. I have entered the students’ forms into the system. A few times I helped out in the library.
We heard that your supervisor was very happy with you and that you were very helpful and accommodating. How do you think you achieved that?
I think I did my tasks quite well and did my best to make a good impression. I was really motivated and approached every task with a lot of interest. I think that is why my supervisor was happy with me.
How would you compare your work placement to your work or school back home?
The biggest difference is that my work back home is in the commercial sector and IBAT college is in the public sector. The company where I work is called Adolf Menschel Verbindungstechnik and is a manufacturing company with different departments. At the college it is all about service.
How has this experience inspired you?
I always wanted to do an internship abroad. It was was the best opportunity for me, which I gladly accepted! Travel and exploring the world, learning about new cultures and making new friends are what inspires me. As I said before, I think it was the best chance to improve my English too.
What did you learn from the trip?
I took a lot with me back home. First of all, I am now able to handle Google Maps very well! I also got to know the Irish culture and realised how differently peoples lives are in other countries. I would say that it is the best experience of my life.
What did you find most exciting about working and living in a new country?
As I already mentioned, it was really interesting to see what life is like outside of Germany. It was all completely new to me but I was open to everything and happy to learn more about the Irish culture.
What are your plans for the future?
First of all, I would like to finish my training successfully. I don’t know exactly what will happen to me afterwards but I definitely want to educate myself further in this area of industry. I could also imagine doing another internship abroad for a longer period of time.
What would your advice be for students who are about to enrol with the Internship Programme?
Usually, I am not good at giving advice. But in this case I can only say: join in! This is really the best experience and the best opportunity you will have to improve your English. There is nothing better than learning new things in life.
Rabia visited Dublin with our Internship Programme, a project eligible for funding from Erasmus+. We also arrange 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.