Eine deutsche Praktikantin in England : A German intern in England
Anja is 18 years old and is interning in the UK for six months. Â She is originally from Leipzig in Germany and is now living near Canary Wharf in London. Â It took her three months to arrange her placement through an international recruiter in Germany and she is just coming to the end of her third week in London.
Why did you choose to work in the UK?
My boyfriend had planned to move out of the country and we wanted to go somewhere together. Â He could have gone elsewhere to Singapore or Spain, but I also wanted to move out of Germany and improve my language skills. Â I am almost fluent in Spanish and I also know a lot about Spanish culture, I could tell you practically everything about the country! Â I wanted to live in a country where I could learn about the culture and people who live there, so we chose England.
What do you hope to gain from your experience?
Hopefully Iâ€™ll be able to figure out what I want to study, because there are so many areas that are interesting and itâ€™s hard to make a decision. Â From my internship I want to get some experience of the working world.
Did you have to prepare a lot for moving to London?
I actually packed my bag the evening before I came away! Â It was less preparation than I had thought. Â Obviously there are some things to organise when you move to a new country, but in the end it was quite easy.
What are the things you like about working in a foreign country?
Itâ€™s really different from my own country, especially the people â€“ itâ€™s amazing to observe them and learn and laugh. Â There are also lots of shops here that donâ€™t exist in Germany so itâ€™s fun to go in and look around and get a feel for English tastes.
Are there any negatives about living and working in a foreign country?
I do miss my friends and my family but I knew this would happen. Â Iâ€™m German and my boyfriend is French and we both donâ€™t speak each otherâ€™s languages, we needed to move somewhere outside of France and Germany. Â I sometimes have difficulty with business vocabulary but the language is not a problem â€“ I think in internships and work itâ€™s important that people from another country get a chance to prove themselves even if English is not their first language.
Do you think doing an internship abroad will make a difference back home?
Yes it will. Â My language skills are going to be much better, and being independent will help to expand my knowledge. Â I like the idea of making friendships so in the future I can visit the country again and the friends I have made can visit me.
Although youâ€™ve only been in London for a short while, do you think you will want to work here in the future?
I actually expected a little more from London, but Iâ€™ve only been here for three weeks. Â It is hard to find friends outside of your work â€“ in the first few days it seems impossible but Iâ€™m beginning to find my feet and Iâ€™m sure I will meet new people. Â I can imagine living in London for a while.
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