Tell me a little bit about yourself and your background.
My name is Sophie, I am 20 years old and come from a small village in Germany called Wipperfürth. In comparison to London, a cosmopolitan city housing 8 million inhabitants, you will only find 23 thousand inhabitants in my hometown Wipperfürth. At the moment I’m doing an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk there and I’m in the second year of my apprenticeship.
What sparked your interest in the ADC College work placement programme?
When I heard about the option to do a three-week internship in London, it was immediately clear to me that I wanted to seize the opportunity and so I applied for participation. I decided to take part because English is a world language which is also widely used in the industry. I therefore saw this apprenticeship as a way to increase my professional opportunities as well as a chance to become more independent and responsible.
What was it like working at the Abbey Centre in London and how were you able to apply or improve on your business admin skill set?
It was a very nice experience to work at the Abbey Centre in Westminster. I was warmly welcomed by all employees. I was allowed to complete the following tasks:
Supporting the coordinators with data input and data analysis as well as working in a proactive way in a team environment. Working under pressure, when dealing with external pressures from local areas and also following guidelines when dealing with personal data (GeneralDataProtectionRegulation).
I was able to apply my skills very well and recognised that my work there was very much appreciated. The working atmosphere was really fantastic and I got on really well with all the employees.
What differences did you notice between the working world in the UK and in Germany?
Based on my experience and that of my classmates I can say that the differences from work to work vary greatly. The one difference we all noticed however is that the dress code is stricter in England than it is in Germany.
Could you imagine furthering your career abroad one day? If so, what did you have in mind?
Personally I couldn’t imagine to push my work completely abroad, but I could imagine to go abroad every now and then for shorter business trips.
What was the best moment of your whole trip? - How has this experience helped you grow as a person?
It’s really not easy for me to confine myself to one moment, but the first thing that comes to mind is that my work was so appreciated there and I noticed how I grew beyond myself.
During my stay in London I wasn’t only able to expand my intercultural competence, but also to refine my English language skills in order to meet new challenges in my daily Life.
What would your advice be for students who are about to go on the Internship Programme?
I can fully advise all those who are interested in taking part in the programme. It is an experience for Life and the chance to look into the professional Life in other countries isn’t often offered. I also think that the best way to learn a language is to be thrown into the cold water and just speak, speak and speak!
Sophie visited London with our Internship Programme, a project eligible for funding from Erasmus+. We also arrange work experience 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 email us at email@example.com.