There are many aspects of my time in Dublin that I am excited to carry with me throughout the rest of my life. Growth is inevitable when you go abroad, and I’m excited to share my thoughts on how this opportunity shaped me. Professionally, I learned a lot about LinkedIn and other various professional websites such as Hootsuite and Hubspot. My supervisor provided me with a lot of responsibility and helped me work well under pressure. I loved that I got to work with any coworker who might have needed help on various tasks. This way I was able to gain experience with writing organic and paid advertisements and blog posts as well as helping with corporate leads. In addition, although the company was a yoga and Pilates studio, they also had an elbowroom escape in Wicklow which is a lodge where various groups can rent it out and have corporate events, hen parties, weddings. I was able to help advertise, write about and actually view the area in which people would stay. It was helpful to be in a professional setting where I had to interact with older coworkers in a way that showcased my talents, showed I was eager to learn, and yet also respected authority. Being able to talk with such people was great because now I feel that I will be more comfortable in interviews as well as networking events.
Personally I became more independent because I took a great deal of trips by myself. There were many different parts of Ireland I wanted to see and I didn’t want to wait for others to become available, so I ended up booking a lot of individual tours. I also feel more responsible and assertive after my internship. Through asking a myriad of questions and being able to work on so many projects, I became a successful intern. I am now able to comfortably communicate with members of the professional world and I am more aware of how I will go about getting a job. Through much of my work on LinkedIn, I have expanded my network and also understand how to effectively navigate and search for a career path.
Academically, I will be more prepared for my future marketing classes. Being in an actual internship compared to a classroom provided me with real life experience to apply to my newest courses. I will be able to excel back at Pitt and hopefully present some of my findings as well. My work ethic has improved. I will take my ability to complete assignments quickly, efficiently, and successfully back to school with me.
Overall this opportunity taught me to be more flexible with what life throws at you. Your internship may not be what you originally anticipated, but it could turn out to be better than you could have ever imagined. Immerse yourself in whatever culture you are visiting and allow yourself to embrace where you are and try and get the most out of each experience. Don’t be afraid to be by yourself and to do the things you truly want to do, and don’t allow yourself to be easily persuaded when it’s not the direction you want to go. In any internship, adaptability is key. It’s important to ask a lot of questions and put forth as much effort as you can, but also don’t worry if you make mistakes. Your supervisor and coworkers are there to teach you as much as they possibly can. Go above and beyond when completing assignments for your internship and give them a reason to trust you. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for more responsibility, it shows initiative and drive and will allow you to get the most out of your internship.
I will be able to share my experience with people in Pitt business and illustrate how rewarding time abroad can be. In addition, I will be more comfortable when trying to get a job or attend networking events because I will have already had professional experience.
I traveled to many places around Ireland including Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Rock of Cashel, Blarney castle, and Belfast. It provided me with a lot of perspective about the world and especially about the work we do in it. Irish people define success differently, and in a way that makes them much happier. I hope to illustrate this life view with the people in Pittsburgh and show them that there is a whole world out there waiting to be discovered. I made a lot of great friends along the way and I’m grateful for this opportunity and all of the experiences that I had. I would highly recommend Dublin to anyone on the fence about trying the international internship program. Thanks a Mil Ireland.