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D Day

Studio Solution is an online marketing company which welcomes many students every year.

For every intern of the company, there comes the day when their contract ends and they have to return home. Obviously, this part of the internship is the most difficult, since the intern has to leave all that he or she was doing during the internship; this means saying goodbye to their good friends.
However, as a souvenir of this life experience, the intern is gifted a farewell video called “Thank you party” in which friends and colleagues can leave a message and reminder of the good times they have spent together. What is so charming about this video is that it often includes short messages and films from interns that left some months earlier, leaving nobody out. The intern’s Thank You Party is planned some days before the D Day; the Event Managers tell the Media department the exact date when the intern leaves, as well as his last working day. Then, the media service gathers photos and videos of the leaving intern. There is also a camera they can use to record new video messages during the breaks or during lunch time, since it is forbidden to take videos during the work time.
After having received everything, they compose a video. The videos tend to be shown after the workshops (6 pm) because at that time most of the interns are still in the office. However, some interns choose to see their videos in their house (Hotel, Admiral, Terranova or Foreshore) which allows them to enjoy it even more and to spend one last shared moment together.

Scholarships for internships abroad

If you wish to study or do an internship abroad, you will need financial help. The simplest approach is to contact the international relations services of your university, because it is very difficult to leave alone. You will need to be assisted in your choices and directed towards different destinations. For that purpose, many scholarships were put in place.

First of all, scholarships for travelling are meant to cover interns’ transport fees in foreign countries for mandatory internships that last at least one-month. Application files are accessible from 1st of March and need to be returned to your university before the 31st of May at the latest.

One of the most known scholarships is the mobility grant. This one helps you to finance your stay abroad if your internship is part of your studies. Its amount corresponds to the 5th level of scholarships; which is based on social criteria. You need to be a scholarship student and your application must be supported by your university.

In the context of Erasmus exchange students (3-to-12-month period), you keep receiving your already assigned scholarships, your credits and your health insurance. You will receive a minimum of 50€ a month, which could be complemented by more or less important sums of money, according to the host country. You have the possibility of applying for an Erasmus scholarship, which’s assignment is based on social criteria. These are as follows: being at least a first-year student in higher education if you are taking a short training, this means 2 years; or being at least a second-year student if you are following a long duration training, of 3 or more years.

Furthermore, the Comenius programme enables you to work as an assistant in a foreign school. If you are studying foreign languages and if you are willing to become a teacher, you are eligible to the Comenius scholarship which’s amount depends on the host country.

Moreover, the Leonardo programme enables you to do a 3-to-12-month internship in a company of a country which is part of the European Union or of the European Economic Area. If you are preparing a training, or if you are an apprentice, a trainee, a job-seeker or an employee, you could benefit from the Leonardo da Vinci scholarship. Its sum is variable, but covers all or part of your travel fees, a part of it is mend to allow you take classes in the foreign languages, a weekly help which’s amount depends on the internship allowance given by the company.

Finally, thanks to the Pierre Ledoux internship, nearly 200 IUT (Institute of Technology) students were financially helped in the fulfilment of a 3-to-6-month internship abroad all along the year after their DUT (Technical University Diploma) graduation. The amount of their scholarship depends on their financial resources and the costs of your stay abroad. The sums given can reach up to 2000 to 2500€.

The First Day of my Internship in England

Just before starting my first day of my internship in England, I was worried. I was wondering how the company would be and who would be my colleagues.

Many questions of that kind crossed my mind.

Then I arrived at the office with the people who I live with, and I had a warm welcome from all the other interns who were already working in the company.

Later, an intern showed us how to use the websites that we needed to work. This intern was important for us, because he was our first point of reference among these unknown faces. In the first days of the internship, this intern has always been around to help me and answer all my questions. This made me worry less about the rest of the internship.

Then the day began, after the theory, the practice takes place with an obligatory training: quizzes. It is a mandatory task at the beginning of the internship in the Internship UK company. They change according the different departments.

At 1pm, an intern called the marketing department for eating. My first meal was really nice, we ate all together. And in that way, we were obliged to talk to everybody.

After this nice lunch, we had to go back to work; which meant quizzes for me. At the end of the day, we had to participate in very useful and interesting “workshops”. Here we get some advice which will be useful for our professional life.

Speaking for myself, my first day will remain imprinted in my memory because this day was actually my birthday and all the interns prepared a surprise during the workshop. They sang the famous “happy birthday”, then offered me a birthday card and prepared for me a cake that we ate together at the end of the day, for the teatime. A busy day that I will never forget!

How to be an Effective Communicator

Communication is one of our basic needs, and while we all recognise the social benefit of talking to one another, we should also recognise the importance and relevance of communication in the workplace. To be successful, we don’t just need to know how to communicate, we need to know how to communicate effectively. Often a job will require a high level of skill in matters of communication because tasks need to be co-ordinated and relationships need to be built. Therefore, it is important to look at how we can improve our communication.

First, we should clear up what exactly we mean by communication. It is often misinterpreted as being a one-way process where it is only about how we send messages. In fact, it is a two-way process which is concerned with both how we send and how we receive messages.

Perhaps the most important factor to take into account when you are communicating with someone is your ability to listen. This goes deeper than just hearing the other person; it involves fully understanding what they are saying and also expressing to them that you do understand. This can be done through the techniques of clarification and reflection.

Clarification is essentially ‘clearing things up’ with the speaker when the topic has been challenging, such as a list of instructions or complex information. This can be done by asking questions like ‘when you said.. did you mean that…’, it is important that your questions are non-judgemental and they will clarify any of your doubts.

Reflecting involves summarising what the speaker has said into your own words to show you are interpreting the information as they wish. When listening, do not to let your mind wander or think ahead about to what to say, just try to focus on the content of what the other person is sharing with you.

Another key to being an effective communicator is being able to empathise. Having empathy is defined as being able to see things from the point of view of others, understanding their emotions and why they are feeling like they do. When communicating with someone, do not be judgemental or try to push your own ideas onto them. Instead, view the situation from the other’s perspective, think about how you would react and feel in the same situation. For example, it may be easier to understand why your supervisor is asking you to do a particular task if you try to see it from their point of view – perhaps they are too busy.

Next, when communicating with someone it is often appropriate to use humour. Making someone smile in a conversation can put them at ease and release their stress, people will feel drawn to you if you can make them happy. Do not be afraid to say something funny as it can break the ice and allow you to build on relationships through inside jokes etc. Being comfortable with someone in this way means communication becomes easier as you can anticipate how one another will react.

Finally, it is important when communicating to have a positive attitude and always be smiling, and to be consistent with this. People will be more likely to respond positively with you and enjoy communicating with you, which can only help!

Culture shock

Are you living in a foreign country, where you are planning to spend a period of your life, but you are feeling disoriented? Do not worry, it doesn’t depend on your personality because you are not an easy-going person, but what you are experiencing is a normal state called “culture shock”. Each person goes through this experience in different ways, physically or emotionally. Moving to a foreign country is always, without any doubt, a big challenge because we leave our comfort zone for the unknown. To feel relaxed again, it is necessary to become familiar with the new place and the new environment and to have a positive mental attitude. The most important thing that you have to do is to think that everything will be fine and that you will feel stronger and more mature, ready for new experiences.
Most of the scientists agree in saying that culture shock is made of four phases which can be experienced periodically based on the level of stress.

During this phase, everything you experience is new and amazing. You feel lucky to have the possibility to stay in that particular place, life is beautiful and you have a positive mental attitude. You feel invincible and you enjoy sights and sounds of the new environment.

This one might be the most difficult phase. Daily simple problems seem insurmountable, so you look for reassurance in other compatriots who are experiencing the same situation. If your attitude towards life is positive, you may not experience this phase!

If you are in this phase, it means that the worst is over and you have to be proud of yourself! During this period your mind is oriented towards a positive attitude, you will be more tolerant and you will also know how to help other compatriots who still need to overcome the second phase.

You like where you are, you integrated yourself with locals and you easily communicate with them.

How can you overcome this situation?
First of all, listen to yourself and be patient. Cultural shocks always happen whether you like it or not, but with a positive mental attitude and self-confidence, you will go through it and you will succeed!

Gooooooooaaaaaaaaaal …!!! Setting !!!

In our internship, workshops are important for our training. Indeed, at the end of every working day, during one or two hours, our managers work with us on some topics. The purpose of these workshops is to improve ourselves, both in our ways to act and to think. In this article I would like to speak about one workshop in particular: Goal setting.

I am part of those people who are able to think forward and to set goals, however most of the times these goals are visions. To achieve the vision that I have, I have to cut it in steps in order to build objectives for short-term and midterm times and that is the main point to improve. Our office manager Liz helps us to rethink our goal setting with the S.M.A.R.T. method. Each letter represents a specific step to build our goal and to reach it.

At first, let me explain you the meaning of the S.M.A.R.T. method :

“S” for Specifically : Describe your goal precisely in order to know what are your objectives to reach.

“M” for Measurable : Results have to be measurable, the best way is to use a quantitative method.

“A” for Achievable : The goal has to be possible to reach, it means to have motivation to do it, resources (for example you cannot learn to surf if you are living in a desert) and of course time.

“R” for Realistic : It is a challenge, but at the same time possible for you; your goal has to be relevant for you; if it is not you will waste your time or just dream.

“T” for Time-bound : The last step, but not the least, is to set times to review and to record your progress and to set new objectives.

Thanks to this workshop I am trying to set new goals with this method. In order to make it understandable, let us try to use it on my current goals as concrete examples.

Based on this table I will reach my goals and I will put all my motivation inside it. Maybe, if you are reading this article and if we have the pleasure to meet each other in the company you will see the result. In the meantime you can use this method to reach your goals.

Go abroad – but not for the wrong reasons!

Nowadays, you can read everywhere and you are told to go abroad because only studying is not enough, they say that you need to stand out from the masses and that you need professional experiences acquired abroad and be able to speak foreign languages. If you do not go abroad you have hardly any chance to get the job that you want – that is what they say. But this is only partly true: undoubtedly, internships or semesters abroad increase your job possibilities and make you distinguish yourself from all the others with the same degree though there is missing something that they do not tell you. You must want it! And this is the only reason that really counts when you think about going to another country. All the other reasons are worth nothing if you do not want to do it! Let me tell you something that will make you understand better what I mean.
I had just started my studies in Romance Languages and met a lot of new people who also started their studies. Among them was a girl, her name was Susan, who started her studies in French and Spanish to become a teacher. We got on well and decided to do our Erasmus semester together in France. It felt good not to be alone while planning the stay abroad and not to sit alone at the airport waiting for the flight.
Similarly after our arrival in Toulouse, there were huge demonstrations that day and it was quite complicated to come from the airport to the student hostel and our French was too bad to just ask someone for help. It was nice not to be alone in that situation. Together we battled our way through all the paperwork, found our courses at university, discovered the closest supermarket and a launderette. But I failed to see the obvious fact: she only did this semester abroad because she had to improve her French to become a teacher. During our flight to Toulouse she told me: “I’m so happy that we do this together. I would have never done it alone.”
But I wanted to enjoy my time there, to learn new things and meet other people. One thing I did not want to was being Susan’s mother replacement who was taking care of her all the time. But it turned out as exactly this: we had the same courses, we took all the meals together and as we had our rooms next to each other, I could not even go to the toilet without her noticing.
After three weeks, her parents came to visit her and they stayed together in a hotel. That was when I started socializing with the other Erasmus students and spending my free time with them. It was the first time that I really enjoyed my stay in France. But her parents went back home after a week and she expected me to be with her 24/7. But I had met other people who I wanted to spend time with. It turned out that she was not able to socialize, despite the fact that there were approximately 200 foreign students amongst whom should have been at least one she might like to know. She started hiding herself in her room even when the foreign students’ organization offered free time activities for us.
As a consequence, she got seriously homesick. I never thought that a homesickness can be this bad but we ended up one Sunday afternoon in the hospital trying to find out where her fever came from and why she was throwing up everything she ate. We went through the whole town to find the one pharmacy open on Sunday, got the medicine the doctor had prescribed but it could not help her illness. There was only one thing that made her feeling better: the booking confirmation for her flight home two days later. I accompanied her to the airport and we said goodbye to each other.
This was definitely the best she could do because we both could not enjoy our stay there and for me, it started being such a great pleasure, so that I extended my stay for another semester.
If we both could learn something out of this situation is that a stay abroad should never be the fulfilment of a duty. Susan just went to France because it was necessary for her studies but it was not good for herself.
However, I have a story to tell if someone asks me if I would suggest going abroad. And if a person ever tells you that you have to go abroad for which reason this might be, do not forget to ask yourself if you really want to do it! If your answer is yes, then you can think about all the other reasons, the country where you want to go to and what you would like to do there. There are enough possibilities such as au pair in the USA, a Work and Travel programme in Australia, studying in France or an internship in the UK!

Internship in my home country or abroad?

I love doing internships. I think it is the best way to achieve new skills and to learn and discover a new way of working.
I come from Italy and the first time I did an internship was two years ago in a communication agency in Milan. As it was my first experience I was a little bit scared and disoriented, but then everything went right !
Now I am in the UK and I am doing an internship at Studio-Solution which is very different from the first one I have just talked about. First of all, I have to speak another language and this fascinates me so much. Here, I am surrounded by people from everywhere in Europe and this is like living in a little world made up just for us. If you are wondering about doing an internship in your country or going abroad, I suggest you to go somewhere else and discover new places and new ways of living. When I was an intern in Milan I used to come back home every day and so I was sharing my spare time with my friends and my family. Here in the UK, at Studio–Solution, I am always spending my time with someone I did not know before and who comes from another country. Staying here, living with other people, dining with them, laughing and learning more about their life is something I would never have the possibility to do in Italy.
I have been here less than a week but I am already loving this place and the working environment.
I will be here for three months and I am sure that time will run fast and by the end of my experience I will feel enriched.
Staying here is proving to be the best way to improve my working skills, learn another language and also improve my relational skills; this is something I hope everyone can experience during his life

Internship the keys of the experience

Why is it so important to make an internship?
It allows you to deepen your training, and the internships are present throughout our educational pathway, doing an internship is very interesting for students and it can only be rewarding.
why is it rewarding for us ?
I will give you some reasons ; an internship can help you to understand if the career and the educational direction that you have taken so far fits with your real wishes. Nothing is better than a concrete experience to help you to realize what can be waiting for you or according to your level of studies. It allows you to acquire some experience which you will never learn at school. Thanks to the internship, your are next to professionals who are there to share with you their experiences, their advices. Furthermore, it is a step in the world of the work and being able to mention internships in your CV are always an asset.
During your internship, you can create links which can always help you for your integration at the end of your studies and for the lucky ones, some bosses can even offer you a job at the end.
That is why you should not take lightly an internship and always being serious, it is very important too.
An internship abroad can allow you to compare various methods of work, to improve your knowledge in English and many bosses appreciate this experience. The advantage of doing an internship abroad is that it can help you to put into practice the skills acquired during your training, but it also requires new knowledges, to get inter-cultural skills, it could also be the organization of the work and the functioning of a company. It can allow you to build a social network in the country.
In every case a project of internship is more enriching when the choice of the country is not motivated only by the language. The linguistic or cultural arguments can also appear in the letter of application.
So those are all the reasons which can motivate you to do an internship in your country or abroad because its will help you to get more experiences and it will show you the work world.

How to prepare your internship

In the increasingly global business world there is an increasingly fierce competition to find a job and the majority of young people choose to study at university before entering the job market. As a consequence, the 21st century is full of graduated people and nowadays, recruiters are not only focused on diplomas but also on work experience and skills. The best way to improve both (which are connected) is doing as many internships as you can and to make them successful to add references to your CV. The following tips are for those who want to be well-prepared before walking through the door on their first day:
First, you have to know your industry and how it works. It means that you need to learn how your sector operates in order to be able to understand the company in which you are going to work but also the competitors, the providers … It is the best way to be efficient and to have a good understanding of the company’s expectations and needs. Take specific note of the articles related with this business, trends, major players. By mastering the sector you are working for, you will give a good feeling to the manager who will be more confident about you.
Moreover, “Google yourself” in order to see what people can already know about you and your life. Ensure that the search results are what companies would not consider “risky”, but do not be afraid to show up in the ranks. Everyone knows and expects you to have Facebook beach pictures and strongly worded blog comments, just make sure privacy settings are secure.
Be able to use and understand new media. There is an increasingly role of internet in the business world and as a consequence, there is the expectation that you know how to use new media. Further than using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and blogs for example personal reasons, you will need to understand why they are relevant to your industry and company. Go to the data. Observe the trend line of media by demographics, mediums and industries. Your understanding of new media will serve a value in your internship as you are able to communicate and apply these technologies to senior management.
To conclude, whether you are going to be paid or not, any internship you land should be treated as an opportunity to make connections with people in your industry, and field of study. It could be decisive to find a job and could make a difference with your competitors. It then makes sense to prepare your internship as you would do it for a job.