Tatjana Bozunovic is an Austrian student who came to London when her school received a grant from Erasmus+, a venture enabling vocational students to go abroad and intern within their field of study. ADC arranged her placement and accommodation and for two weeks Tatjana did work experience at Renard Resources, a recruitment agency within hospitality, leisure and finance. The supervisor was very impressed with Tatjana’s and her classmate Clemens’ work, saying that all of their colleagues had commented on how “polite, hardworking and professional” they were. We asked Tatjana if she could write us something about her stay.
My name is Tatjana and I am eighteen years old. I live in a small town in Austria, but I have Serbian roots. Currently, I attend a business high school that I will graduate from next year. After I pass my A-levels I will either continue my studies and go the university or I will start working in the administrative field.
The best thing I experienced was to see the diversity of London. I have never been to such an open-minded and multicultural city. I have met and worked with people from all around the world. London has a very unique atmosphere, totally different from Austrian cities.
For two weeks, I worked at Renard Resources in central London. I really enjoyed it there as the people were very nice - always willing to help you and show you around. I had a lot of great moments at Renard Resources, I really enjoyed the weekly assessments when they invited potential job candidates, but the highlight of my internship definitely was the visit at the Dorchester Hotel, where I had the opportunity to see what the happens behind the scenes before and during an event.
During my work experience, I did a lot of administrative work, sent out invitations for assessments, and sourced potential staff on online platforms like JobOnline. Working in Austria is totally different. The offices are way quieter and usually only two to three people share an office, whereas at Renard ten people worked in a huge office.
The Austrian mentality is a lot more formal than the British. At first it was very hard for me to get my head around it, but eventually I got used to it and, to be honest, I now prefer the British work mentality more than the Austrian as it is way more personal.
During my time in London, I have learnt a lot of new things, but being on my own in such a big city was the hardest lesson. Since I am from the country side I had to get used to literally everything. Little things like using public transport was a huge challenge for me, but after a few days I got used to it. After being in London for two weeks, I can imagine working abroad. But as for now, I am going to finish my studies in Austria and after that we will see where my future will take me.
My advice for students who are going to do an internship abroad is to just to be open-minded. At first you will probably be very confused, but just keep in mind that you will get used to it pretty quickly. Enjoy every minute of your trip, because it really is a life experience and it will be so much fun. Be open to meeting new people and trying out new things. All in all I would recommend the Internship Programme to anyone - it is a big opportunity you should definitely use!
Tatjana visited London with our Internship Programme, a project eligible for EU funding. We also arrange 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 send us a message.