The time has finally come. The last week in Ireland is here. No more weekends to go out and explore the country. I leave this coming Saturday morning. While am I very excited to get home and see my dogs again, I will miss this country and city of Dublin dearly. This has been a life-changing experience for me and I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to live in this city. Let me make this part like and award acceptance speech. I would like to thank my family of the support. I would like to thank Pitt for giving me the opportunity to come to Dublin and live here for two months. I would like to thank my internship for giving me crucial experience in the workforce, while also making every single day both different and extremely enjoyable. Finally, I would like to thank my fellow classmates/interns for making this such an enjoyable time. Now that the joke is over, I am seriously so happy I got the chance to come here and intern with such a great company. The experience that I have gained just from working for this company for 7 weeks has set me up very well for my future jobs as well as my ultimate goal in life. Speaking of goals, I would like to talk quickly about my goal for this experience, which was to help prepare me for traveling and working on my own and abroad. This program has exceeded my expectations for how it was going to satisfy this goal for me, and I am so glad that it did. I feel like I actually did not waist my money and I actually gained something from this that I would not have gained if I just took an internship at home this summer. I definitely feel like this internship has been a complete success and that I have actually benefited the company in some way or another. Of course, that is just how I feel, but hopefully my boss and the rest of the company also agrees with that take. Speaking of success, I want to talk about how Ireland defines success. In my honest opinion, they define success the same exact way that Americans define success, by gaining the most amount of money possible. While those two end goals are the same, the way each culture goes about attaining that success is completely different. A successful employee in my industry is one that books the best artists in the best venues. Simply put, better venues and better artists bring in more money for everyone involved. While smaller gigs can reach greater percent commissions, the bigger venues and bigger artists always draws bigger crowds, which means more money. In my time at MPI Artists, I have seen the other employees be both extremely successful in locking down big-name gigs which will bring a load of money, as well as the smaller gigs that even have the potential to flop and lose money. It all comes down to how much effort they put in and their work ethic in finding the right artists to represent and finding the right venues to book them in. All the employees are very relaxed and work on their own time. This is what makes them successful and effective in the industry. They do not work overly hard for certain points and then stop working during other points. Instead, they work at a casual pace throughout the entire day for most of the week. While that means that they are constantly working, they do not allow their job to pressure them at put them down at all. They are always energized and prepared to book a new show. That is what amazes me the most about the other employees, their drive to work and be successful while also never really pushing and killing themselves is something to be in awe about. I envy them and I honestly wish that one day I too can operate in a work environment like that, as the other employees are (for the most part) quite successful in what they do. I know this also has to do with the industry, and that the industry I plan on working in is not the same in any way, but it is the drive to be successful that I want to emulate in my life.
I honestly cannot believe that this experience is over. I will never forget this part of my life, even if I can never return to Ireland. But you know what they say, it is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.