For the past four weeks here at the TORRO HQ we had an intern from Germany, Nils. It couldn't have been a better timing for us as we were launching our landing page and social media channels for the growing TORRO audience in Germany!
Nils was a great help and enthusiastically tackled every task that came his way. His sense of humour and interest in football also helped him easily fit in the team. We enjoyed getting to know Nils and he was keen to share his TORRO experience:
Internship as a German at TORRO
My name is Nils, I'm 21 years old and I come from Germany's Northwest to complete an internship for four weeks at TORRO. I love playing and watching football and of course I'm a big fan of Bayern Munich.
Currently I'm doing an apprenticeship in wholesale and foreign trade at a medium-sized family company with over 200 employees based in Nordhorn, which is near the border to Netherlands. As there was the opportunity to do this internship in England, I didn't have to think long, because I was always interested in this country with its language and culture.
To be honest, the biggest prejudice I had was that's raining the whole day and you can't leave the house without an umbrella. Closely followed by "all people went to the pub after work for a few drinks" - unfortunately it wasn't like that. They were just eating fish and chips and drinking tea. Moreover I have heard that they wouldn't work in such a formal way like we used to in Germany. And I thought the so called "Brexit" would be an omnipresent topic in conversations at work or at home.
Welcome to reality
Arrived on Sunday 6th of October at Newcastle Airport - getting off the plane - yes it was raining storms and it didn't stop until the next morning. So, the first prejudice had already been confirmed. But the next days and weeks I was positively surprised that the sun can shine here too. Maybe still a bit cold and windy but after all no rain anymore.
On Monday morning I've had a conversation with the two bosses of TORRO in a relaxed atmosphere so that I was feeling very comfortable to work here.
One offered me directly to address them with their first names, which I was not used to from Germany, but I really appreciated that. After being introduced to the team, I was directly integrated into a meeting by having the ideas about my tasks explained to me. I immediately felt the trust that was being brought to me.
My tasks were initially a lot of translation work, as a German homepage would be created as well as German social media channels, which I should keep up to date. It was quite interesting to see the social media channels from the point of view of a company because you get new impressions that you wouldn't notice when using your private account.
When I missed the right bus station on the second day and came in an hour and a half late, I didn't have to worry about them getting angry. Rather, we laughed together that I ended up at the coast instead.
The other weeks I was always integrated into meetings, where value was placed on my opinion, so I felt like a real TORRO employee, which I am not really used to from home. On Fridays, there was always a small gathering of all employees, where the week was briefly discussed and suggestions for improvement could be made. I've learned that communication is the key to success!
I was really surprised that I haven't heard anyone talking about the "Brexit" in three weeks, but people probably have other worries.
In general it can be said that apart from the weather, there are also big differences to Germany in working life. Above all the communication and the cooperation between work colleagues seems almost familiar, so you won't have any problems to adapt. In summary I can only recommend doing an internship abroad to anyone, especially if you have so much luck with the company and its employees like me.
A big thank you to the whole TORRO-Team, who took great care of me and supported me during the four weeks, special thanks to W. Johnson, who sent my mother a new leather case for her birthday.