Hina - Finance (Taiwan)

Why did you decide to do your internship in Australia?

I completed my Master degree in Australia, so I want to gain practical experience in Australia by applying my academic knowledge. With this experience, I believe it is helpful to my career plan. Also, Australia provides pleasant working environment, securing employers’ rights and safety during the work. For example, we are required to obtain insurance policy in case of any risks occurring when we are working and educated to follow the codes of conduct. Moreover, individuals in workplace usually respect each other as Australia is a multicultural country, people should be treated fairly in the workplace.

What made this experience unique and special?

As an intern, I was given basic works, but I usually do further research or ask questions. Then I found I learnt more than what employers gave me. My host company gaves me significant support during the internship, allowing me to be more confident and feel comfortable to work with them.

How has this experience impacted your future?

This experience has given me several positive influences. Firstly, an active attitude is usually necessary when we are learning. If we show our motivation of learning to the employers, they will tend to teach us more. Secondly, ask questions if you are not sure how to do. Since we may do a job which is an important step in a procedure, we should take responsibility for avoiding any mistakes or unsure issues.  

What was the highlight of your experience?

Doing internship makes me more confident. Before doing the internship, I usually worried about if I can communicate with colleagues in Australian workplace as English is not my first language and I don’t have any professional working experience previously. After doing this, I found that I could interact with colleagues frequently and we usually helped each other during the work. The most important thing is to be confident in interview. When you confront an interview, you should promote all your advantages to the host companies so that they can see your personal value.

What advice you would offer someone considering interning abroad in Australia?

 When we do internship, don’t consider how big the host company is and choose the specific area you want, because we are in the learning stage and we don’t have sufficient professional experience, the most important thing is that we can gain valuable experience from the internship. Moreover, be confident in interview, you should show your confidence that you are better than other interviewees.

Published on by Nathalie Ferquel.