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Student of the month London: Matilda Pylkkö

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Student of the month London: Matilda Pylkkö

Getting an internship in a Michelin star restaurant, as a foreign student may sound a bit like a far fetched dream. For Matilda however, a Swedish student who took part in the ADC College Internship programme, the dream came true.

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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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What's New: October and November

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What's New: October and November

Autumn is upon us and so is the busy period of recruiting new schools to our programmes. But we're also proud to introduce our new Internship Programme for individuals, a bunch of exciting autumn courses as well as a new Director of Studies.

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Students of the month: Saskia Hoch and Catrin Hefel

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Students of the month: Saskia Hoch and Catrin Hefel

Business students Saskia Hoch and Catrin Hefel were both outstanding during the Internship Programme, an Erasmus+ funded project that enables European students to gain work experience in London. Whereas Saskia learned how a charity-run school operates, Catrin managed the reception at a busy recruitment centre. Here they reflect back on the trip that inspired them to explore the world.

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Student of the Month: Eva Oláhová

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Student of the Month: Eva Oláhová

Eva Oláhová is a business student from a small village near Bratislava in Slovakia. Her IT skills landed her an internship as a receptionist at a London IT firm as part of Erasmus+ and our Internship Programme. But it's her ambitious and positive approach to the project that has prompted us to name her our Student of the Month. We spoke to the 19-year-old about how the trip has shaped her plans for the future.

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How to write a cover letter

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How to write a cover letter

To participate in The Work Experience Programme, students have to research their work placement organisation and write a student statement, or cover letter, compatible with UK standards. Here are a few tools, originally published by the National Careers Service, which will help students present themselves in the best possible way.

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How to write a CV

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How to write a CV

The Internship Programme requires students to write a CV compatible with UK standards, citing their education, previous work experience and skill-set. Here are a few tools, originally published by the National Careers Service, which will help you present your achievements in the best possible way.

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What I learnt from the Internship Programme

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What I learnt from the Internship Programme

Alexandra Loimayr is a 19-year-old Austrian student who spent three weeks in London with ADC College and the Internship Programme. She studied English and worked as part of our Student Services Team, while living locally with one of our host families. This is what she learnt from her stay.

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11 steps to a successful internship

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11 steps to a successful internship

Being good at what you do is not only important for your employer, it’s how you build your confidence and identity, laying the foundations of a future job role in a field you enjoy. One of those steps could be our Internship Programme. Follow our 11 guidelines to becoming a successful intern and you may end up making some good connections on the way!

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