Final analysis

Wow! What an amazing experience! The city of Madrid, Cats Hostels, my host family, and all my new friends! Reflecting on this experience will take me back and visit so many fond memories. The primary focus of this paper will be on the internship; I will include everything that I deem necessary for a person…

Final lessons

The two months abroad have taught me many lessons, some by fire and some through teaching. I have grown so much as a person. My maturity, cultural awareness, and self-awareness have all grown a great deal while in Spain. I am so excited and thankful to have been given the opportunity to go abroad and…

Communication

There were certainly difficulties in communication the first few weeks on the job. There was a lot of slow spanish, Spanglish, hand gestures, and demonstration when trying to explain a project. I was able to catch on quickly because of the fact that everyone was very friendly and willing to help me.  During orientation our…

Work Success

The last week in country is here and I have learned so much about how the Spainsh people live! Each day there was an experience to be had and lesson to be learned. The question posed is an interesting one. I believe it is hard to say how the Spanish define success in a professional…

Workforce Cultures

In the professional workplace there are customs that are very different than the American work culture. Personal space, speaking without a filter, and ambiguity are the big factors that vary form the United States. Some may say the previous aspects are negative but in some instances the no filter and personal space are actually useful…

Leadership

Wow this is amazing! Spain, traveling, new experiences, meeting new people! This is something else! Being abroad has changed my view on so many aspects of life, one of which is leadership and what it means to be a leader.  Ever since I was a young kid I had an innate ability to win people…

Practice Makes Perfect

I feel as though Pitt has done a good job in preparing me for what to expect while working in Spain. Pitt professors and advisors have set the bar very high when it comes to the quality of work and professionalism. The level of work at Pitt that I have brought over to Spain with…

Culture Clash

Aside from the obvious language barrier, there have been many things that have thrown me off. For starters people here are much more blunt and to the point. Some may take this as being rude, and in the United States it certainly would be considered rude, but to them it’s just their way of life….

Ambiguity

I was told during orientation that we were going to experience a sense of ambiguity when being assigned work. However, i was not expecting it to be this hard to understand expectations. I report to five women, each of them with their own expertise. My main boss is the general manager but I have received…