What have you learnt about yourself ,your career and your work while under going the internship position?
Since being here I have learned that I am not as independent as I thought I was and that I still rely on my parents a huge amount. I am glad I learned this about myself as it is definitely something I want to work on when I return home. I have also learned that I find it really difficult being away from my family for a long period of time as we are very close. Moving around different departments in the organisation has given me a good idea of what parts of a business I have an interest in and which parts I probably won’t pursue in the future. This has been great as it will give me a good idea of the types of job I will be suited to when I leave university as I didn’t have a clue beforehand.
How does the work environment in the USA differ from the work environment in the UK?
In Southern California the working environment is much more laid back compared to the UK. Dress codes are much more informal than I would have predicted before coming here and working hours are very flexible. At the company I work for there is a huge emphasis on work being fun and enjoyable. They put on many events and lunches throughout the year to give employees a chance to relax and socialise during working hours. This is something which I found to be completely different from working in the UK.
How easy was it to set yourself up in the USA in terms of housing, transport, food, making friends etc.?
It is hard to speak for the whole of America as it is so huge, so I will aim my answer to Southern California specifically as I know that other places are very different. In terms of setting myself up it was fairly easy, I had connections at the company I am working for before I came and luckily a family had a room in their house that they were willing to rent to me. From there they made me feel so at home and really helped me set myself up for the rest of the year. They helped me to find a car as this is essential in SoCal as there is virtually no public transport and everything is so spread out.