Adam Pawlowski worked at a translation and training agency in March 2020, shortly before the beginning of the Corona pandemic in Europe:
Evaluation of my internship abroad in Dublin, Ireland
Honestly, I did not have certain expectations about my internship due to the fact that I wanted to be surprised and not disappointed. Of course, I did a lot of research before I started my internship, but only enough to get along with the people abroad and have some things to do during my first week. I wanted to gain more information from the locals, because from them I could get some information or interesting locations that I cannot find on the internet. I was pleasantly surprised, as many of the people I spoke with helped me out a lot and showed me around some places that I was not able to find on the internet.
During my first week in Dublin
When we arrived, it became clear that we will go home rather sooner than later, so I used the Sunday to plan my time in Dublin the best way I could. I asked my host family and Google, then I sat down and did some research about my company as well. Although it did turn out to be a waste of time; my company sent me away after couple of hours. I was not sad about this, as I understood their concerns [because of Corona] and I had more time to walk around Dublin, do sightseeing and interact with local people.
My second company was very interesting. I worked with four other people and apart of doing the things mentioned in my company report, I was allowed to pick up calls from customers, deal with their queries, confirm their attendance on the courses provided by my company and even book entire courses for some companies as well.
Sadly, I had to leave my company earlier than previously planned but it was a great experience and if I ever get a chance to come back to Dublin I would very much appreciate the opportunity to continue my cooperation with T&T Ireland, which my supervisor, Ms. Sylwia, approved already.
Personally, I think that I made a huge progress in many different areas, even though we spent very little time in Dublin. To start with, I improved my time management a lot, as I needed to plan my route to work ahead and calculate rush hour delays. Also, after it became clear that we will fly back at the end of the week, I tried to do see as many interesting places as possible, even if the weather conditions were not optimal. Since I had only few hours a day, I needed to be efficient in order to visit as many places as possible. Also by dividing the tasks among other co-workers, I improved my teamworking skills, as I had to rely on others to get some things done, but also others had to rely on my work as well what gave me a true sense of pride to my work. Furthermore, I managed to get a quite good view on business English used in Ireland. It is quite different from the business English we learn at school, as it is more polite but, in some way, also less formal too. I also improved my skills with the Office 365 programmes, particularly Excel, as I had to work with this programme a lot when planning the courses and checking the data. Last, but not least, I could implement some school knowledge gained in economics when evaluating marketing strategies from not only my company but also our customers.
Overall, I think that an internship abroad is something everybody, who has the opportunity, should do. It is a new experience and a new culture both in and outside the company. Also, it opens many gates in one´s future career and I will certainly use this experience in my personal CV and probably talk about this in an interview. It shows that you are a self-confident person that can take care of oneself and get along with others well while overcoming own fears and crossing borders you never knew existed. I am proud of myself that I felt brave enough to do this internship as I gained some new experience that could turn out to be very useful when I will start an apprenticeship in September 2021.