A couple of years ago, we told you the story of Manuel Binder, a Business and Logistics Management student from Austria whose performance during the Erasmus+ funded Internship Programme prompted us to nominate him for Student of the Month. We were curious to find out what he has been up to since our meeting and what his internship at Energy Solutions, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes energy awareness in schools and homes, has taught him long-term. At the time of writing, Manuel is in his fifth grade at HTL Freistadt, studying for his final exams.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and what you do.
My name is Manuel Binder and I am a student from Austria. In my free time I like to do sports – I am in a fistball club and I also like mountain biking. During college I got the chance to take part in the Erasmus+ project, which was a very cool experience for me.
What has changed since we last saw you?
I passed the fourth grade, which was a highlight. Other than that, there have been no big changes in my life.
How do you think the Internship Programme has affected you, long-term?
It was very interesting to meet people with a different cultural background. London is famous for its cultural diversity and I learnt a lot while I was there. In retrospect, I think that was the most important experience. Moreover, British people have a different mentality compared to Austrians. It seems like they are not as stressed over there. Because of my trip to London I realised that I want to work for an international company in the future.
You did your work experience at Energy Solutions here in London. Has that affected your choices or career in any way?
It was very cool to work for Energy Solutions. The people were so friendly and the work conditions were great. I got to visit different households around London and saw how people live. Also, my English was better than I expected and I was able to communicate with people. I learnt that I am able to work all over the world.
Is that something you want to pursue – working abroad?
It will be great if I get a job where I can travel to other countries, but I would like to live in Austria. But let’s see what happens!
Is there a memory from your time in London that has stayed with you?
There are a lot of memories, of course. The whole city is very interesting and during our trip we went sightseeing. Working in London also allowed me to visit a lot of places I otherwise would not have seen.
Is there anything you feel you missed out on during your experience?
I don't think I missed out on anything during my trip. It was well organised and the people I met tried to do their best to help me along the way.
Where can we expect to see you in five years' time?
There are two options for me. One is to study at a technical university in Austria and perhaps do an exchange year in another country. The other option is to start working for a company after I finish college. I haven't yet decided what I want to do, but hopefully it will work out for the best.
Manuel 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.