It’s been almost 2 months since I’ve been abroad now, and there are so many things that are getting easier to adapt to. I am able to find a routine with school, how I get to places, etc., but the one thing I can’t form a routine for is my internship. It is constantly changing, which is good and bad. The featured image is what the front of it looked like before we moved out of the store. It is in the process of moving to another location, so currently we don’t have a home base to work from, which means I am told a place to meet up before each work day. It has also given me the opportunity to work from home multiple days, but this isn’t always a good thing for me because I end up staying inside my flat all day long. I like the fact that I don’t have the same boring routine each day at my internship, and that I have to adapt to locations and travel times. These are good qualities that I am building, but it would also be nice to have the same place to go to each day. Other than that, I have grown much more comfortable with my supervisor and coworker since day 1. They were so welcoming and easy to talk to, so there wasn’t a very long time period where I felt uncomfortable. Sadly, my coworker will no longer be with the business now, but she has definitely taught me a lot about marketing and also British culture. Sometimes we would go out after work and get food, so I will really miss her.
I am excited to see what obstacles are ahead of me in the short time remaining here. I still have to help plan a launch party for our new location, and I also will have to help set up the store, which should be very fun. I am happy that I have this internship, and I really enjoy having my supervisor because she is so approachable and easy to talk to. She is also American, so it is nice to have that little sense of home. On the down side, I am not really seeing the cultural differences within a British business, but I am fortunately still learning the ins and outs of business in general.
For others transitioning into an international internship, I would tell them to just keep an open mind. You have to be willing to try new things, and listen very carefully to the directions given to you. Something I am learning is being able to adapt, which is probably the absolute most important thing here. You have to adapt to the new situations, new people, and new ways of doing things. I can’t relate to the culture shock as much through my internship, but being able to adapt applies everywhere.