Today we chat to our intern Kathrin from Franconia, Germany.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHY YOU DECIDED TO DO THIS INTERNSHIP
My name’s Kathrin, 25 and from Germany. I’m studying for my Master of Business Management (CCI) and had a 2-month gap until the last exam. How can you use this time better than going abroad?
Because dealing with international customers is one aim in my future career, I wanted to improve my English and learn more about culture and working life in England.
WHAT DID YOU EXPECT AND HOW HAS IT BEEN DIFFERENT?
I need to say that I didn’t have any expectation when I got here on my first day. Before my studies I worked as an industrial clerk – so a completely different business. This being said, it’s pretty close to how I expected working in a PR agency would be. It’s a lot about creativity and working together as a team.
There’s one difference however that I noticed due to the companies I know in Germany. We like starting work earlier than 9 am (between 7 and 8) and then leave Friday around lunchtime.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE PART SO FAR?
The best part about working at Wolfstar is the possibility to work independent. Right from the beginning the team gave me different tasks I could do on my own – so it never gets boring.
Also, the work I get is very different. I’m writing blogs for Wolfstar or a press release for customers, preparing media lists or doing some research. If there are some new topics, the team always integrate me in meetings or brainstorming. This means I always get the chance to bring some input to the working life of Wolfstar.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT SO FAR?
That’s very easy to answer. The most challenging aspect is writing blogs or press releases. It’s quite ambitious to strike the right note if you’re not writing in your mother language. But my colleagues always give me a feedback what to change. So, I’m getting better and better in that.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE CONSIDERING INTERNSHIPS ABROAD?
Just do it! There is no better way to learn a language, culture and people better than living and working with them. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I don’t want to think about how fast these 2 months will be over.
WOULD YOU CONSIDER A CAREER IN PR?
When I’m back in Germany I’m starting a job in the sales department at an industrial company, so I won’t start a career in PR. The reason for that is that I’m not sure I’m creative enough to take care of a single customer and handle their PR.
Wolfstar has loved having Kathrin in our office and she has been a great help, mixing a fantastic work ethic with plenty of laughs. We will miss her when she has to go back home!