We have had the pleasure to work alongside Andrea Palmeová for three months at ADC College. The Czech business student was granted funding from Erasmus+ and came over to London with the Internship Programme to get some hands-on work experience, before continuing her final year at college. When we were to choose a Student of the Month, Andrea was on everybody’s mind. She has been nothing but helpful and attentive during her work experience at the office. Before her final day, we asked her a few questions about London, her newfound independence and what it was like to work in a foreign environment.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your background.
My name is Andrea. I am 22 years old and from a very small town called Nový Knín in the Czech Republic. I am in my last year at the Business Academy and Higher Professional School in Příbram. I have already been in London a few times - I love the UK. My first time here was just a short trip and I fell in love with this city. After that I have had the opportunity to do three internships here. I just can’t stop myself from going over!
How come you are interested in business and administration?
I have always known that I want to work in the office. The ambience of a big company have always appealed to me. I prefer working with my head rather than with my hands. And I liked the dress code!
What was best moment of your trip?
It is impossible to choose just one moment of my trip. The three months I spent here were incredible, every single moment of them. This is the best trip I have ever done, largely because of the people I have met here.
What was it like working at ADC College?
Working at ADC College is an absolute dream! I would like to work in a company like this in the Czech Republic one day. It is not just about the job I do here, which I really enjoy, but most importantly about the people I work with. They are the nicest and most caring people I have ever met!
What were your tasks?
My tasks at ADC include creating travel plans for students - to help them find their way to their work placements, planning monitoring visits for teachers at their students’ work placements, research potential work placement companies, scanning and filing contracts, visiting new companies, updating the database, research schools with funding from Erasmus+, and many other things.
Your colleagues at ADC say that you are very helpful, reliable and meticulous. How do you think you achieved that?
Well, I wouldn't call it ‘achievement’, it's more like a motivation. I think I’ve always been reliable but me being helpful and meticulous really depends on what I am doing and with who I am doing it. The atmosphere, tasks and people in ADC really motivate me to do my best and not even think about doing things any differently.
How would you compare your work placement to your work or school back home?
It’s incomparable. Czech and English culture and attitude are completely different. I can't say more because I haven’t been working in the Czech company yet. Only a few summer jobs. But I think that people here are more open-minded and more polite than in the Czech Republic.
How has this experience inspired you?
This experience has inspired me a lot! I’ve always liked traveling but now I want to travel even more.
What have you learnt from the trip?
I’ve learnt a lot of things. Mostly about myself. Now I feel like I can do anything and I am almost fearless. It may sound like I am exaggerating, but this experience has really made me more confident. Now I know that I can handle myself in a completely new, different and foreign environment. But to be honest I don’t feel like I am here on my own because I have so many wonderful people around me at work and host family as well, that are always ready to help. And beside that, I’ve learnt a few IT tricks and new English words.
What have you found most exciting about working and living in a new country?
Probably the freedom; I can do whatever I want, whenever I want. But also the people I have met here and all the places I have visited. I also like that you just have to speak English, no matter if you feel like it or not.
What would your advice be for students who are about to go on the Internship Programme?
My advice is: just do it! It is an amazing experience you will never forget. You can learn so many things. Just be open and positive and enjoy it as much as you can! And don’t be scared.
Andrea 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.