When I signed up to study abroad I felt that it was going to be a great opportunity for me to grow academically, professionally, and personally. I felt as though having the part time internship that CAPA provides for us along with taking some classes would really force me to think about time management and force me to take some responsibility in making sure that I get all of my school work done along with filling my twenty hours a week at work. I was excited to work in a professional environment in Sydney because I was interested in how different their work place culture would be compared to ours back in the states. As for my classes, I hope to get a lot out of them and learn a lot more about how business works globally. Being abroad all three of my classes are international classes, international finance, international marketing, and international economics. So far all I have really learned about was how business in conducted domestically in the states but it will be interesting to learn more about how business works for multinational companies. Also I was just excited to branch out and try and new things and explore a new culture.
I have just started my internship and I have a pretty far commute to work. In order to get there I have about a 10 to 15 minute walk to the train station and from there I take a 10 minute train ride, the trains typically run like every 5 minutes so catching the train is no problem. Then from this train station I have to get on a bus that takes me across the bridge into northern Sydney and this is about a 20 to 25 minute bus ride and they only run every 30 minutes so I have to make sure that I am there on time in order to get to work on time. Overall the commute really isn’t too bad, I do sometimes wish it was a bit shorter so I could sleep in a little more. But the public transportation in Sydney is great and very easy to use. We have something called an Opal card which is used to scan on and off the trains and busses and CAPA actually fills these for us so we don’t have to pay for our commutes which is great.
I really like my coworkers so far, they all welcomed me in and have been really nice and helpful with anything I need. I’m excited to get started on some projects and become a contributor to the company.