A refreshing take on what an Internship abroad can do for your mindset and opportunities in Life.
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For certain one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2019 will have something to do with Happiness. So we have something very special for you to kick of this year’s preparations for your upcoming Internship in London or Dublin.
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David says his English may not be the best, but what he didn’t know until he spent a few weeks living and working abroad, is that in real Life it isn’t just about what grades you can get at school but more importantly about your attitude towards the New and Different as well as the confidence to simply go for it. Listening, talking, making mistakes or not, just conversing will get you used to it in no time. Enjoy David’s full interview below:
Tell me a little about yourself and your background.
I am a 17 year old student from Germany and currently trying to get my A-level at a vocational college in Ennepetal, near Cologne and Düsseldorf. I live with my parents and my 3 siblings. I would not consider reading as a real hobby, but I enjoy it nonetheless and it really helped me to improve my English.
What sparked your interest for the Business Academy?
Nothing really. A friend asked me if I wanted to go to a business administration school with him and because I did not know what else to do, I agreed. In the end I do not regret this, because I enjoy what I am learning there.
What was the best moment of your trip?
My best moment was going to the Phoenix Park and enjoying the time and scenery there with some friends. Its environment is just beautiful and it was really cool to see and feed the deer there.
What was your work placement like at IBAT College Dublin?
My work placement was great! The people there were really nice and made me feel welcome. Everyone was helpful and considerate that my English is not the best.
What were your tasks?
I converted feedback into pie charts in Excel, made some phone calls and helped a lot in the library. The last week I helped to prepare for the upcoming graduation ceremony by making booklets and sorting the certifications in the order they would be given out later.
You were nominated by your supervisor who thought you did an amazing job. What drives you forward?
The satisfaction of finishing something drove me forward. I do not like to not finish things, if it is possible to do so on the same day.
How would you compare your work placement to your work or school back home?
My work placement was a lot more relaxed than school at home. The people in Dublin were generally more laid back and did not urge me, ore anyone else, to finish things quickly. They seemed to be more concerned about others’ well being and asked a lot if we were ok. I really liked that I always had something to do.
How has this experience inspired you?
My time in Dublin was great and I developed the desire to try something similar again. Now I am thinking about living in another country for some time to gain more experience.
What have you learned from this trip?
I learned to have an open mind and to not expect things to be the same as they are at home. Different cultures have different habits and you have to adjust to them. It also helped me to gain more confidence in general.
What have you found most exciting about working and living in a foreign country?
I liked to be so independent and to have more responsibilities. To be alone far away from home without my parents for so long was a new thing for me, as well. It was also really nice that I had to speak English in order to communicate with others and I think that my English has improved because of that.
What are your plans for the future?
So far I do not have any plans, but most likely I will go to university studying business administration in the future.
What would your advice be for students who are about to go on the Internship Programme?
My advice is to not be afraid of asking people for help or saying you did not understand them. People there are really kind and helpful. Try to enjoy your free time to the fullest.
David 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 email@example.com.
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Meet Jakub Magdolen, a business student from Slovakia who visited Dublin with the Internship Programme and Erasmus+ back in October. He was nominated to Student of the Month for his curiosity and eagerness to make the most of his time abroad and claims he had a great time here and would like to return at some point, or travel other parts of the world with his new-gained confidence and sense of independence.
Turn up the volume… again!
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Stepping out of your comfort zone is no easy matter. Carina Wondollek is a trainee industrial clerk at a German company that deals with filter systems and water treatment for public pools. Through ADC College, she was given the opportunity to travel to Ireland to try out a whole new industry: hotel and tourism.
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What happens if you sprain your ankle during the Internship Programme? You continue as planned (only on crutches)! Ask Sarupriya Sadananthan, who did work experience at a Dublin law firm for four weeks during the summer and had to go to hospital after a small accident.
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We are so happy to introduce our new Student of the Month: Rabia Konuk from Germany.
Ireland is known for its scenic beauty and breathtaking cliff walks. We have compiled a list of five day trips you should consider if you ever happen by Dublin with the Internship Programme.
Introducing Julia Ullmann, our Dublin Student of the Month! Back home in Germany, she trains as a secretary for foreign languages and arrived in Dublin with the Internship Programme at the start of the year for a placement at the head office of O’Callaghan Hotels.
We are excited to introduce you to our Dublin Student of the Month: Cihan-Marcel Kartin, a 19-year-old business student from Germany. In this beautiful letter to us, he describes his internal journey prompted by going abroad with the Internship Programme.
It is time for the fifth chapter in our series of curious people who changed the world. Say hello to Rosie Hackett, a famous trade union leader and founder of the Irish Women Workers’ Union.
We are excited to present our Dublin Student of the Month; Sebastian Böhme! An apprentice from Germany, the 20-year-old recently visited Dublin with the Internship Programme and Erasmus+, a journey that may change the course of his life.