Samira Stan is a 17-year-old business and administration student from Romania who impressed us all here at ADC College when she was offered a job at her work placement. She arrived in London with the Internship Programme on the 25th of February and spent two weeks interning at Point A Hotel in Paddington. During her short stay, she was offered a job at the hotel and has agreed to come back in the summer for more work. Her colleagues even offered to help her out with accommodation - that is how eager they were for her to stay! We asked Samira about her ambitions and determination to do a good job.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your background.
My name is Samira and I am a professional basketball player. I am half Romanian and half Turkish.
What sparked your interest for the hotel and tourism industry?
Since I was a child I have had an interest in learning different languages. I have always liked meeting new people from all over the world. Perhaps that is why I am very interested in this field.
What was the best moment of your trip?
The best moment was when I was given the chance to work shoulder by shoulder with the staff at the hotel. Also, visiting the National Gallery was very impressive.
What was it like working at Point A Hotel?
It was the best opportunity I have ever had. It was unique and I had the chance to improve my English.
What were your tasks?
My tasks were the same as the other employees - there was no difference between their work and what I accomplished.
We heard that your supervisor was very happy with you and that you were offered a job after only two weeks. How did you achieve that?
It is all about the work. I had this opportunity and I know it was a great thing and that I had to try my very hardest. So that is what I did.
How would you compare your work experience to your work or school back home?
For me, it was such a great experience. It is something I have always dreamt of. Comparing it with the opportunities offered by my country, it was more than I had hoped for. Moreover, it was great to improve my skills and be able to speak English with native people.
How has this experience inspired you?
It has made me more determined to work hard and fulfil my dreams.
What did you learn from the trip?
I had the chance to meet people of all kinds, of different nationalities who showed me that, no matter where you are from we are all alike and may share the same feelings, dreams and interests.
What did you find most exciting about living and working in a new country?
To take care of myself in a new environment, without anybody to support me.
What are your plans for the future?
I am going to come back to London, for sure. I love London and I love working at the hotel in Paddington.
What would your advice be for students who are going on the Internship Programme?
To believe in themselves and be open-minded. Never give up your hopes. I would also advice other students to accept challenges like this one, because it symbolises a good start for their future career.
Samira 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.