For this issue of the Intern Newsletter we have selected a few career tips to facilitate your stay in Australia. We would also like to share with you some events happening in the main cities of the country and some amazing locations to visit in Western Australia
But first…we would love to help you to make friends from all around the world!!
Thanks to our “Connecting interns” free service we can help you meet other interns currently in your city! Don’t hesitate to ask your supervisor if you want to join the community!
How to have a good experience working abroad?
Moving in another country is one thing, but working in another country is something else and it’s even more challenging. We would like to share with you some tips to make this experience easier and more enjoyable!
Take the time to arrive a few days before the beginning of your internships
It will allow you the time to adapt your body to the new time zone and to organize yourself in this new environment (knowing how to go to your new office, where to do the grocery shopping etc.) It can take a few days to feel comfortable in a new country and being surrounded by a new culture. It’s always better to feel good with the environment before starting your internship.
Embrace the culture
Business etiquette is different in many countries and it’s always good to know a little about it to make your experience better. Take the time to learn more about the culture to have a better understanding of the different behaviours.
Be aware of your rights.
Working in a new country also means dealing with a lot of paperwork, contracts or permits in a foreign language. Those papers can sometimes be confusing; it’s always good to know your rights concerning your legal situation. That research can easily be done before your departure thanks to the internet but can also be done after you arrival.
Save some money in case something goes wrong.
Always be sure to have a little bit of money in case of emergency.
Take the time to enjoy Australia.
Doing an internship abroad is a good experience, but it’s even better when you enjoy your free time by moving around and being sure that you make the most from your stay. Time goes by fast …Trust me!
I am Yu Na Lee from Korea. I was a marketing intern for three months.
Why did I choose this program?
Studying abroad to another country was one of my dreams and I decided to join a program that my university has to achieve it. Actually, this internship was a part of this program. So every student who wants to participate to it were supposed to study English for the first 3 months then work for a company as an intern. It looks like a duty, but it was a great experience for me.
What was I doing?
I was given a lot of different kind of tasks from simple one like dividing sheets of document to complicated one like using software to manage information of our customers. Therefor I was working with some different teams and I got to know many other staff members. That was another good thing. What I was the most excited about was to do was a project related to engagement strategy for distance students. I had some interviews and discussions with Student Support Officers and Trainers. Then I summarized it and wrote a report with a few data. This task was the most difficult one for me but I gained confidence after finishing it.
Advice for other interns:
I think the most important thing is "Communication" in your internship. Whoever you are working with and however big your company is, you should talk to other people. When I was in a first week, I couldn’t communicate well with people around me because I was too afraid of my poor English. I prevented myself from doing it. But I managed to start communicating. Then I found that they were much kinder than I expected. They did not care about how much I could talk. They listened when I was speaking. That made me gets used to my work place much more easily. I am pretty sure people around you are also very warm and kind. Be brave and talk to them. You can choose any topic you like!
Three things I like about Australia:
1. Beaches: Moreton Island has the most beautiful beach I have ever been.
2. People: They are so friendly (sometimes too much...). Even between a shopper and a customer, they talk as if they were best friends. It cannot be seen in Japan definitely but I like it.
3. Weather: Australia has just one season I think: summer. I do not like cold weather. I want to spend the whole year with a T-shirt, shorts and thongs.
Name: Megan Offord
Role: Internship Program Manager (Business Development)
I am originally from Brisbane but have lived in Sydney, Adelaide and Launceston and have travelled to quite a few other countries, all of which have brought me some wonderful experiences and amazing people. My family origin is Native American, Swedish and Dutch and was very lucky that my Mother moved to Australia in her younger years so that I get to spend most weekends on the Sunshine Coast on the beautiful Queensland beache.
My university studies were in Human Services and Psychology and my previous employment originally had me involved with assisting disadvantaged people in securing educational and vocational opportunities which involved a lot of Business Relationship Management. This led me to apply for a Business Development Manager role with Australian Internships and I am extremely grateful for this wonderful opportunity to develop myself professionally through contact with many major National and International companies across Australia and to work with such a dedicated and inspiring team!
How would you describe your work?
I have 6 years experience working with Australian Internships. I am involved with developing and maintaining relationships with host organisations and also providing support and guidance throughout the internship period to the host. This is to ensure that the internship arrangement is satisfactory to both the host and the intern. At times it is very challenging but it is always rewarding when you know that you have found a great match and the host is very grateful for the opportunity and when you have helped the intern to achieve their goals and to become that one step closer to achieving their dreams.
What do you like most about your work?
The team are amazing and I love working with them all. I have also really loved the insight and awareness that working with internationals has brought into my life! I consider myself very fortunate to meet the most amazing people from all parts of the globe and to learn about the history and culture of so many countries.
Your message to the interns:
• Appreciate the moment you are in right now as time passes you by very quickly
• Find your purpose. Know what you want and stick to your path
• Everything that you learn or the skills that you develop will be helpful to you at some time or another and will serve your purpose
• Don’t expect the path to be straight and narrow – it will be winding and there will be detours and diversions but remember your purpose
• Focus on the positives, make the most of every opportunity and again remember that everything you learn will benefit you if you allow it to!
To all the interns currently in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory :
At 3am on the 3rd of April, Daylight Savings will end (which is the practice of advancing clocks one hour during the warmer months of the year)! Remember to turn your clocks back by one hour! The sun will shine one hour earlier for you, make the most of it!
Have a look at the government website for further information: http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/facts-and-figures/time-zones-and-daylight-saving
The 2016 Classic and Wooden Boat Festival on Darling Harbour
From the 15th to the 17th of April the Australian National Museum is presenting more than 100 vessels for free the beauty and diversity of the Australian heritage. Go and enjoy live music, cruises, maritime demonstrations and other activities.
Have a look at their website: http://www.anmm.gov.au/cwbf
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
As every year, Melbourne is hosting the festival of international comedy from the 23rd of March to the 17th of April. As it celebrates its 30th Birthday, the festivity will include a huge birthday bash. Over 550 shows are organised and it makes it one of the biggest comedy festival in the world.
Check out the website of the festival:
The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8)
Until the 10th of April the APT8 is your chance to discover the work made by more than 80 artists from over 30 countries that reflect the contemporary art from Asia and the Pacific. Go and enjoy live performances, videos, kinetic art, figurative painting and sculpture, social and political ideas at Stanley Place in South Bank, Brisbane.
Find more information about the event here: https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/apt8/artists
The town of Broome, locatedfar north of Perth, is famous for the pearling industry. Broome is surrounded by famous beaches and amazing landscape. The most famous beach, Cable Beach, is 22.5km long with white sand and has the unique aspect of being perfectly flat. You can enjoy the amazing sunsets thanks to camel rides operating daily along the beach. For those searching for some wild nature, the coastal reserve is located not far from Cable beach. 100km further north from Broome you can admire the amazing Horizontal Waterfalls created by a massive tidal movement.
For more information on Broome you can visit:
NAMBUNG NATIONAL PARK
About three hours driving from Perth, the Nambung National Park is one of Western Australia’s treasures. You can drive in the park and enjoy the amazing view of the famous limestone pillars. However, if you feel like it you can also walk trails, or swim and snorkel at the white sandy beaches of the park (Hangover Bay is one of the most famous beaches with picnic tables, gas barbecues and a boat launch). If you are lucky enough you can also admire dolphins and sea lions swimming offshore!
Nambung national park website: https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/nambung
We’d love to hear what YOU want to read in this newsletter, so feel free to give us some suggestions on what to include next time!