I undertook an internship in a little English town called Crewe, which is located some 50km south of Manchester. Crewe has a long tradition of car manufacturing for unique brands such as Rolls Royce or Bentley. I did my internship abroad in the latter part of January 2012 till the end of June (6 months). I chose Bentley because of the fantastic opportunity that they offer to students at the university. The offer became my number one choice, as I had never been to the United Kingdom before and the opportunity to use my English language skills as well gaining invalubale work experience for a company manufacturing unique cars, was just too good to refuse.
I worked for Bentley in the purchasing department focusing on systems and processes. My team worked on the continual improvement of the purchasing process. Some of the processes improvements were for example the implementation of new software, which simplifies invoice searches or information charts, which should inform the purchasing department about changes in processes, new employees and monthly reports. With the latter being my main responsibility. My job was to report to the purchasing agents on whether they were fulfilling their business plan. I was also creating a new format of team-meetings, where my main task was to unify the processes for all the commodity purchasing teams so that everyone got the same information.
My colleagues accepted me very well. I created a strong position for myself in the department and therefore I was allowed to autonomously fulfil the given tasks, which became my daily routine. My team was really friendly, and were very happy to help me with any queries that I had. I also particpated in free time activities with the department, such as football, badminton or cart racing. My co-lleagues became my second family in England and I am very gratetful I had the opportunity to meet such amazing people.
As for accommodation, I did not know till the very last moment where I would live as I could not make up my mind. In the end I chose a house recommended by former interns. It was located on the other side of the town to the factory, yet it had some positives as well. We lived near the train station, it was close to the town center and close to many shops. Our house was not newly furnished, however, I have a lot of good memories about this place and I would not swap it for another house.
Food in the U.K. is somewhat more expensive than in the Czech Republic. However, I felt that the quality of food is better in England. The English mostly eat unhealthy food, as most dishes consist of meat and chips and it is absolutely normal to have crisps as a snack. You can have the full English breakfast at work, which will really fill you up. We could go to the canteen for lunch, the food was at the beginning very quite good. However, since the menu stays the same every week it becomes monotonous and boring. We usually cooked dinner at homeand there is the possibility to have take-away food delivered. This really is very popular and you can choose from a vast amount of varieties.
At Bentley, you can meet a number of foreign colleagues, most of whom are from Germany. At the beginning of the internship, everyone received a file with a list of all interns in order to make getting in contact easier. During the course of my internship, the system worked this way: the longer-serving interns took care of the newbies and introduced them to everyone. Because there is nothing worse than having to find your way by yourself. Everyone was very friendly and we arranged various trips and free time activities. During my internship I made a number of friends which were interns, colleagues or just random people I met at the gym. England is a very friendly country and if you do not know you way around, everyone will try to help you. The range of my new friends is very multicultural. I made friends with people from England, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and also as far away as China.
As this was my first stay in the UK, I tried to travel as much as I could afford. Usually I would visit the nearby surroundings of Crewe. I went to Chester, which is a beautiful city with lovely houses and the possibility to see horse racing. Liverpool is a famous port city, where the most famous band of all time, the Beatles formed. Manchester offers numerous galleries and museums, most of which have free entry. It also boasts the biggest football stadium of the whole of Great Britain. Birmingham is England’s second largest city with plenty of new buildings. I also visited the northern part of Wales. My undisputedly favourite place in the UK was, is and will always be London. I went there twice and never had enough of it. So many possibilities of where to go and so many sights to see. It has more than 12 million inhabitants, which makes it one of the world’s biggest cities.
I would definitely recommend to all students not to miss the opportunity to go for an internship abroad as you will not regret it. Great Britain has for me become a country, where I gained a lot of experience that I will remember forever.
Anh Quan Tran
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