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The Happiness Jar for You

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The Happiness Jar for You

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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A modern Christmas fairy tale

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A modern Christmas fairy tale

Christmas is all about Family, a concept ADC College understands all too well. Indulge in this special edition Christmas story with a hot cuppa and some Christmas cookies.

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Student Of the Month Dublin: David von der Mühlen

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Student Of the Month Dublin: David von der Mühlen

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:

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.

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.

I liked to be so independent and to have more responsibilities.
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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 info@adc.eu.

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London Student Of the Month: Katja Wiggert

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London Student Of the Month: Katja Wiggert

Congratulations to Katja Wiggert, a highly enthusiastic and creative Office Management student from Germany who took part in the ADC Internship Programme in November 2018. Katja was nominated London’s student of the month after she left an unforgettable impression at her work placement with her all positive go-getter attitude. She was referred to as, I quote “A pretty cool woman!” and here is why:

Tell me a little bit about yourself and your background.

I am a mother of two, live in a small town, working in the capital and I am the “calendar” of the family. In my free time, I like to photograph and document my travels through Europe. When documenting my travels I always get very creative and can thus switch off from everyday office life.

What sparked your interest in Office Management?

I've always loved organising and when I got the chance to do another education, 10 years after completing my graphic arts studies, I immediately took it.

What was the best moment of your trip?

It is not really a moment, it was luck to have a wonderful host family with whom I had the opportunity to meet other interns from other countries I can now call friends.

The whole world is at your feet when you’re ready to do something for it.

What was your work placement like at AW Childs Estate Agent?

With the internship at AW Childs I had made a real stroke of luck. My supervisor, as well as my boss have shown me a lot and explained. They have helped me to be courageous and to believe in me. It was a wonderful working atmosphere and I felt treated at eye level all the time.

What were your tasks?

I was allowed to write e-mails, pay by phone, pick up print jobs and the best thing was that I was able to present a flat to a customer completely alone and he took the flat one day later. It has meant a lot to me that AW Childs trusted me so much.

You were nominated because of your fantastic attitude as well as the great feedback received by your work placement. How do you think you achieved that?

I think it was just because I really wanted to be part of the company. Nobody can take those 3 weeks experience away from me and I had to organise a lot to go to London, so I just wanted to get the most experience out of them.

How would you compare your work placement to your work or school back home?

Because AW Childs is a bit smaller than the German company where I am employed I would say that I had more chances to develop myself creatively. On the other hand, in Germany I have the chance to go through so many different departments that I can take a lot of experience for my Life. In Germany work starts early but you have more of the day, on the other hand, in England you can stay awake longer and start the morning a little quieter. Working hours would be the biggest difference for me now.

How has this experience inspired you?

I'm thrilled to know that there is not only one country where you can make your dreams come true. The whole world is at your feet when you're ready to do something for it.

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What have you learned from the trip?

It's worth investing in your future, no matter how old you are, you're never too old for new experiences and adventures.

What have you found most exciting about working and living in a foreign country?

The most exciting thing in London was the meeting of the many different cultures and how a little small talk can save a day. I never felt like I was a foreigner but just an individual among many and that's wonderful.

What are your plans for the future?

Much is still open for my future, you never know where it will take you. Sure, I can say that I will finish my education and will never stop learning. There's a saying that I applied to the program back then, it says, "If you're the smartest person in the room, then you're in the wrong room." And that's the motto I want to live my Life with.

What would your advice be for students who are about to go on the Internship Programme?

Be aware that it is a different country with different customs. Use the chance to improve your language skills and change money beforehand. Before you go there sit down and see what great possibilities you have in this wonderful city and make it your own journey and memory!

Katja 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.

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Dublin Student of the Month: Jakub Magdolen

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Dublin Student of the Month: Jakub Magdolen

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.

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Dublin student of the month: Carina Wondollek

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Dublin student of the month: Carina Wondollek

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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Dublin Student of the month: Sarupriya Sadananthan

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Dublin Student of the month: Sarupriya Sadananthan

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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London Student of the Month: Samira Stan

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London Student of the Month: Samira Stan

Samira impressed us all here at ADC College when she was offered a job at her work placement after only a couple of weeks of interning. She arrived in London on the 25th of February and quickly settled at her work placement Point A Hotel in Paddington...

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London Student of the Month: Jan Vaníček

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London Student of the Month: Jan Vaníček

Jan Vaníček interned at the travel agency Wexas Travel a few weeks back, where he greatly impressed his supervisor and colleagues. In this letter to us, he talks about his experience and the thrill of enjoying the Lunar New Year in China Town.

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