As I continue my stay in Sydney, I definitely feel more and more comfortable with my knowledge of the city. I no longer need to use my phones GPS to get around everywhere I go. When I go out, I have a much better understanding of where I am than I did a month ago. This all comes with going out and exploring the city, the more I went out the more comfortable I became. One thing I don’t think I’ll ever get used to is how everyone drives on the left side of the road and everyone walks on the left side of the sidewalks. In my 20 years in the United States I have been conditioned to do walk and drive on the right side. Since it is so instinctual to me, I have a hard time staying on the left all the time so I don’t interrupt the flow of walking traffic. Honestly that is probably the biggest issue I have culturally. Since the United States and Australia are so similar, I haven’t had a very difficult time adapting to the culture here. The only other difficulty would probably be the use of some different words but it is easy to figure out what they are talking about for the most part.
Going in to the program I did not really know what to expect with my internship. I had never had an internship in a field related to my major before this one. I wasn’t sure how in depth it was going to get since it was my first internship and they were all assigned by the CAPA program. I can say now that I have been very pleased with my internship at Garlos Pies. When I first started my manager and coworkers were all very friendly and willing to help me if I ever needed anything. My manager really wanted me to learn about the finances within the company and I am grateful for that. There really weren’t any challenges for me coming into the workplace because of how helpful everyone was. If I had some advice to future people planning on doing an international internship, I would say to don’t be afraid to ask questions. This is a learning opportunity and your supervisors know it, asking questions will only help you learn more. Also continue to stay involved, if you don’t have any work to do ask your supervisor, don’t just wait around for him or her to assign you something to do. Being able to work in another country could be a once in a lifetime opportunity so it is best not to waste it.
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