Recently I took a part in a discussion on Employment and International Work Experience during Le Club des Entreprise Discussion Panel during 9th Semaine Emploi & Entreprise organised with Université Savoie Mont Blanc in Annecy-le-Vieux. The event was open to IAE & IUT Students.
Myself and 2 other professionals answered several questions on working abroad, shared our experience and gave recommendations on how to find work experience placement.
Students wanted to know what is the best way to find a job in Irleand, secondly how to find accomodation and what to expect. The main key lessons I offered on going abroad were:
- amazing adventure
- you will make new friends, then you can visit them 🙂
- you will improve your language
- it might be hard at the start to adapt in a new culture, you might feel frustrated
- there is no bad neither good about other cultures, it’s different
- French students will miss cheese and good bread:)
- you will learn a lot about yourself
- optimze your time, travel around, visit places, talk to local people
- stay around other nationalities, be curious
I shared some of my own cultural shock stories with the audience to help them imagine and understand what they might experience.
It was a great session with approx. 50 students. I hope this helped some of them to take the decision to apply for Erasmus or internships and set themselves on this fantastic adventure! #lifebeginsattheendofyourcomfortzone
There are many ways to improve your English. The more regular your contact with a foreign language is, the more you will progress.
I always recommend following techniques/sources:
- BBC 6 minutes English – series of topical discussion and new vocabulary, brought to you by excellent BBC Learning English presenters. You can choose from English at work, English at University, English we speak, LingoHac and many more. FREE
- If your English is advanced I highly recommend Audible.com . I am personally a big fan of audiobooks, I listen to them when commuting, cleaning my apartment or simply before going to bed. The only advice I could give is to listen to the sample of the book prior the purchase. If you consider listening to books, make sure you like the lector’s voice. I have books in French and English on my phone – see below. PAID
- Another lazy and enjoyable way of learing is Netflix. I learnt a lot of French this way. I would recommend watching in English with English subtitles. Just be careful, you might binge-watch…. If you are a fan of cinema, watch films in original. PAID
- Find English-speaking friends, look for Erasmus students or expats in the area. You can offer them exchange, 30 min of your native language in exchange of 30 min of English. You might even make friends! FREE
- Read or watch news in English, I love BBC. For a bit of American accent watch American channels. FREE
- Watch Ted Talks, get inspired and improve your English. You can turn on subtitles to make it easier at the start. FREE
It works for my French:) oui oui, c’est vrai!