INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE


2018-05-02

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE


How to prevent mistakes and why it can benefit you for later

 

Imagine this, you are 20-somewhat years old, you must do a mandatory internship abroad that higher education requires from us in some way. Some where along the line people make mistakes, that can cost them a lot. For all the people who are highly disappointed about their failed internship or people who want to prevent this, no worries! You will find out, what you did wrong, this little guide is going to help you to be more prepared and most importantly why it can benefit you for later.

 

What now?

Of course, a lot of things need to be taken care of before you go abroad to do your internship, booking a flight, is not one of them (it is, but that comes later) Start your preparation, with getting a good resumé. Ask yourself the question would you hire yourself if you would see the resumé. Make it appealing for others. Make it an English resumé if you want to do an English internship. But don’t limit yourself only with an English one, there are countries where they don’t speak English at the office for example Spain and France, so broaden your horizons.

The most difficult task a student can have, is of course to find one. It can take a lot of time before you even get a reply. But don’t let that hold you back. Apply for an internship that’s appealing to you, so find an internship in a field that you are interested in and most importantly in which department you see yourself working in. But keep in mind that in the end two parties need to be satisfied; You as an intern and the company that hired you. Always do some research before the interview to find out what kind of company it is, take note what the work environment it is, try to ask questions about normal things like the dress code at the internship so you are prepared before you arrive. Culture and work culture are two things that for most of the time go hand in hand. So, try to do some research about the country and take note of the things that are different then the things that are normal for you. The most important thing you can do as a student and which a lot of people underestimate a lot is to get out of your comfort zone. A lot of students do one of these things: Either they do their internship where they have family nearby, they go to the same country as fellow students or they choose a country because they are familiar with it. It’s not that I am against it, but you will develop more as a person if you go somewhere that you are not familiar with. 80% of study abroad students allowed them to better adapt to diverse work environments. Can you see the picture now?

 

What not?

Don’t limit your choices in terms of internships or countries. For example, if you really want to go to a Spanish speaking country but it has nothing to offer or you only find one place. Try to look for other places as well, because there’s a big chance you are not finding the right one. So, try to have your cards open, and the best case possible would be if you have multiple places you can choose, so you can compare these companies with one another that will give you the best opportunity.

Try to not see your internship as a vacation for 5 months. Of course, you should have fun to.  But if you only choose a country because of the great night life it has to offer. Then I can tell you right now, don’t do it because you are more triggered about the weekends then about your internship and that’s the reason you are here for.

Be prepared in terms of accommodation. Find your accommodation near the office but also try to find one before you arrive in the country. That can save you a lot of time, money, and energy.

Don’t let the comfortable things you have at home, make you feel homesick. Forget it you are in another country. Get used to it and move on. If you are always stuck in your head with the things you left home, you are not going to make any progress at all, be open for new things.

I hope this little guide will help you to make the best choice possible if you decide to go abroad. Try to keep one thing in mind: Nobody is the same, everybody experiences things differently don’t let people’s opinion on things change your mind, try to see the good side about things instead of the bad side. Because in the end that’s what it is all about.

 

You are going to stay there for a long time so want to know what you are probably going to face there. So, you go online and try to find some student’s experience for example Malta. The thing about internships abroad is that everybody experiences their time different? That should be, otherwise we would be robots. But the thing about these online stories, is that most of them have a lot in common. You read clichés sentences like I’ve had the best time of my life or this is an experience nobody can take away from me. Most of the time people wonder why? for instance personally before I arrived in Malta I tried to do some research about how international students and interns experience Malta regarding work culture and everything that comes with it: What I found out was that it seems like everybody has the best time of their life here (I wish they also have). The other thing that most of these personal stories have in common is that they don’t tell you the negative side about the country or information that can be useful. I find it hard to believe that during a 5 month stay you see things that you don’t like, because during a 5 month stay in a foreign country there must be at least something that you don’t like about the country. I experienced Malta so far, to be a great country. Be there also some little things you need to get used to here, therefore these are the things that come in my mind.

  Asdren Zuhranaj