English language training courses
An international internship is a life-changing experience. It’s a great way to gain much needed work experience, enhance your CV, explore a new culture and way of life, all while contributing to key global issues across a variety of fields. But making the most of an overseas internship takes more than just finding a good opportunity.
Here at The London School Group, Marie Kluj from France has been with us since the beginning of 2017, having completed an internship in Barcelona in 2016. Having lived and worked in two very different cultures and environments, Marie has the following advice for anyone considering an international internship :
- Make sure your language ability is up to the task. If you are working in the UK, your English will need to be good enough to be able to effectively do your work. Not only will you need to conduct business in English, but you’ll also need to have the language to deal with everyday situations you may find yourself in such as shopping and taking public transport.
- Get out there and meet people to make the most out of the situation. Even a six-month internship will go by quickly, and to fully engage with a culture and environment you can’t afford to be a wallflower!
- Be prepared to socialise with different age groups than perhaps those you are used to. Going from your studies into a workplace will bring you into contact with a wide range of backgrounds and ages. You’ll often find that you are no longer mixing with people of your own age. In fact, you may be working with colleagues who are closer in age to your parents!
- You need to be proactive and confident. Perhaps this is the hardest thing to do, particularly if you are away from your friends, family and support group. Yes, international internships are rewarding, but only if you are prepared to put in the effort to make them work.
The common thread that links all of Marie’s points above is language. Here at LondonSchool Online we have a range of English language training courses designed to support you through the experience of living and working in English-speaking environments. Each course has access to over 150 hours of learning content, focussing on developing the language you need to use in everyday life and situations. Each course includes English grammar exercises and video news reports to help you improve every part of your English ability and to build your confidence when using English.
If you would like to know more about LondonSchool Online, why not visit www.londonschoolonline.com. We’d like to offer readers an exclusive discount on any of our courses. Simply enter the code INTERN10 at the checkout to get 10% of the price of your course.