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London Student of the month: Sophie Kreinberg

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London Student of the month: Sophie Kreinberg

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.

I saw this apprenticeship as a chance to become more independent and responsible

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.

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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.

My work was so much appreciated there and I noticed how I grew beyond myself

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!

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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 info@adc.eu.

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Student of the month Dublin: Till Schumann

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Student of the month Dublin: Till Schumann

“He is a lovely young man, very friendly and polite and has a great work ethic”. This is just one of many good things Aisling Callan, Programme Administration Manager at IBAT College had to say about her most recent intern Till Schumann.

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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: November

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What's New: November

Every month we publish news and updates regarding deadlines, events or changes to our organisation. We believe in transparency, and this way you’re less likely to miss out on information about European mobility, Erasmus+ funds, our Internship and Teacher Development Programmes and how to make the most of your project

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