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Team Building

Team building is a technique used by companies in which the team work has a great relevance for the success. It aims to create a group between the people who work for the same project or tasks, and to develop partnership and communication, cohesion and sharing objectives. It can build a harmonious, efficient and productive work group.

According to Arnold Bateman of the University of Nebraska “Team building is an effort in which a team studies its own process of working together and acts to create a climate that encourages and values the contributions of team members. Their energies are directed toward problem solving, task effectiveness, and maximizing the use of all members’ resources to achieve the team’s purpose. Sound team building recognizes that it is not possible to fully separate one’s performance from those of others.” (1990, Team Building: Developing a Productive Team ).
In a company, the team building is used to reach the best performance as possible.

Team building can be categorized or as developmental if it works on weakness or particular needs well identified, such as workshops and professional team-building exercises with specific goals and issues, or as fun, to enjoy the group and create a group identity with, for example, sport and theatrical activities, camping trips or sailing boat. Some examples of team building can be: survival scenario (your plane has crushed in the ocean near a desert island, and there are 12 items you need to survive: which items you want to take and how you rank each item); ice breaking: each team’s member has to write in a piece of paper two real episodes of his life and one not true, and the others has to guess which is the lie; cooking class; rugby; a day in a farm and urban safari, a kind of treasure hunt in the city.

With these activities and games the team can define the roles, analyse the problems and find the solution through problem solving, manage the group’s communication, active listening, feedback and brainstorming. These elements could be examine patiently afterwards in the office.

Whether or not the type of activity, the purpose is making the group a real team, increasing the trust to the colleagues, releasing the creativity, developing a relaxed climate for communication and knowing each other.
Team building can work best if there is a high level of interdependence between members, if the leader has positive people skills, if the members are clear about goals and their roles in the team, if everyone wants to contribute and is prepared to take risks, and if the team has capacity to create new ideas, to examine the errors and weaknesses and to learn from the experience.

The simplest examples to understand the team building, and what it could reach, are represented by team sport activities: they are a perfect metaphor for the company life. As in the sport, in the business world there is competition, competence, faith in the team, loyalty to rivals, strategy and tactic plan. If you want to play, you have to respect the company and management’s rules: you should know them as well as possible to reach the team’s objectives.

If you play as a team, you will win as a team.

Internship in France or in England?

Have you ever desperately felt the need to do an internship before entering the world of work? Well, this was exactly the situation

I was in during my last year of university! I finished my bachelor’s degree in International Science and Diplomacy perfectly in the prescribed time, then I realised that even if an internship was not a compulsory part of my studies, I needed to do one. Nowadays every company requires at least one work experience from their applicants, thus what you learn at university is not enough.

I wanted and would suggest you to search for an internship abroad, in this way you can both do a work experience and better your knowledge of a foreign language. I have studied English for 10 years and French for 6 years, so I was prone to find it in the England, in France or in Belgium. Suddenly, I was assailed by a doubt: was it more important to improve my English, because it is the official language in many work environments? Surfing in the Internet I found out there is a great amount of offers for unpaid internships. I started apply to every job I was interested in, such as to an Insurance company in France, to the Italian Chamber of Commerce in England and to the European Commission in Belgium, unfortunately no one of these was successful.

I decided to focus my research on the subject of the intership, not on the country. This could sound banal to you, but I was really worried I had to opt for an internship in England to improve my English, even if I would have not liked the field. I would like to suggest you to choose an internship by its content and its quality, you should consider if it gives you the possibility to grow professionally. Moreover, English, French and all other languages are equally useful; your future boss will appreciate you know whatever language, if you are proficient in it.

Finally, I would like to recommend you to do as many interships as you can before entering the real work environment, you will gain experience in different fields and have the possibility to understand which career is more suitable for your future.


Translation Internship in Portugal

Last year I had to do an Internship as part of my degree in translation. I tried to get in contact with several companies in England but I received no response. Considering that it was mandatory for the conclusion of my degree I chose to do it for my University – the Internship consisted of translating a Education Manual for Teachers that have to deal with some sort of problems in a classroom environment and how they should react, I had a semester to do it.

It was not a normal Internship per se, my job was to translate the manual from English to Portuguese but I didn’t have a fixed schedule to work on it, I had to do it alone because my colleagues were translating other things. So I had to make my own schedule to accommodate the fact that I was both working and studying at the same time, without forgetting the fact that I had to present progress reports every 15 days,

Not having a fixed schedule worked relatively well, but when the work started to increase I had not only to schedule my day but I had to set up priorities on the go. I think the fact that helped me the most was that I was working and studying at the same time in the 2 first years in the university so I was used to divide my time in advance, that enabled me to do a good job both at school and in my work.

The manual had 83 pages and even though it was about Educational Practices it expanded in so many interesting subjects that made it even more easier and fun to translate.

I found it very interesting for a number of reasons: it was related to a subject I like (Educational Practices, Social Education) and because it expanded my knowledge about that specific subject since I had to search for keywords and exact terms in Portuguese.

Other thing I enjoyed during this Internship was the fact I was involved in all the stages of production, I was translating, revising, and editing the text. In a way it’s good because you have total control over the content you are producing on the other way was bad because it’s hard to get some distance over the things you are producing in order to make a meaningful and conscious critique of your own work.

All in all it was a great experience.

Tiago, Portugal