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Case Study: Jessica’s Erasmus Catering placement in Seville

 
We spoke to Jessica Porch about her REYeurope Erasmus+ placement in Seville.

 

Name: Jessica Porch
Course Name: Catering and Hospitality Level 3
Placement Location: Seville
 
Why did you apply for the placement?
I applied for my placement because I was interested in working abroad.
I was encouraged by my tutors and lectures at college to go as it would be and was a good experience.
I prepared myself by writing a CV and cover letter and also organised my passport, EHIC card, travel money card and budget.
 
Describe your work placement and tasks.
My work placement was joined onto an English Hotel so served English food as well and Spanish tapas food. Some tasks that I carried out were preparing starter dishes, preparing all food that needed to be cooked in advanced and also cleaning down the kitchen after service.
 
What was your biggest learning experience and achievement during your placement?
Learning about different cuisine and learning a new language.
 
Do you feel that your international placement will help you professionally in the future and if so, how?
I think that it will help me in the future as it shows that I have no limit to what I think I can achieve.
 
Jessica in Seville
What did you like best about your destination abroad and why?
The city was really beautiful and had lots of amazing attractions that we visited throughout the 3 weeks. I also liked the restaurants and shops we went in and the people were very welcoming. It was also really hot which is always nice when you are not used to it.
 
What next for you and do you have any advice for future participants?
Next for me is going into a full time job away from home. And my advice would be don’t get too caught up in missing parents or loved ones as the time goes so fast that you have to enjoy all of your time there and use your days off wisely – go sight seeing or to the beach.
 
 

Thanks to Jessica for sharing her placement experience. If you would like any information about our Catering & Hospitality courses, click here.
 

Callum Morris in Prague

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Case Study: Callum’s Erasmus IT placement in Prague

 

We spoke to Callum Morris about his REYeurope Erasmus+ placement in Prague.
 
Name: Callum Morris
Course: Computing & IT Level 3
Placement Location: Prague, Czech Republic
 
Why did you apply for the placement?

I applied for the placement for a few reasons. One was just because I wanted to be able to live in Prague for a short time. I’ve always really enjoyed travelling abroad and Prague seemed like a really nice place to stay. Being able to stay there for an entire 6 weeks (which was also during college time and not holiday time) was a very attractive offer.
 
The work was the other main reason I wanted to do this placement. I really wanted to work with a real IT company doing programming. It was made clear to us that we might not be doing exactly what we specifically wanted to do on our placements with our companies, but I was okay with doing anything IT related really – programming was just my preference.
 
Describe your work placement and tasks.

I had the pleasure of being able to do exactly what I wanted to do with my company. My specific role was a back-end developer for a web application. This job was absolutely perfect for me, which is why I am very thankful that I was the one chosen to do it. My main job was to write modules that would perform various tasks on the back-end. I would be given this tasks in the form of online tickets and when completed I would mark these tickets for testing and push the modules I had developed to a remote repository using GIT. Each of the modules were written using python – this was also perfect for me as python is my best language.
 

What was your biggest learning experience and achievement during your placement?

It’s difficult to choose one experience during the placement that was the biggest for me overall. I would say that the placement as a whole was the biggest learning experience for me. The work that I did, places I saw and people I met all contributed to a massive learning experience for me that has taught me a lot.
 
As for my biggest achievement, that would definitely be being offered a job by the company that I worked with. This was a huge achievement for me as it showed that they were very impressed with my work and wanted to continue working with me.
 
Do you feel that your international placement will help you professionally in the future and if so, how?

Without a shadow of a doubt this placement has and will help me in my professional future. It has helped me already, in that I now have a job in IT because of it. It is also sure to help me in the future as well though and this is for many reasons: it looks great on a CV, I have learned a huge amount about my field during the placement and it gave me a great insight into how IT companies operate.
 
What did you like best about your destination abroad and why?

Prague is a brilliant city. The public transport is amazing – you can get where ever you need to in the city with ease thanks to the high quality public transport system. Plus you cannot get lost in Prague, because there is always a tram stop nearby and locals are almost always happy to give you directions.
 
The local people in Prague are super nice and the majority of the younger locals speak really good English. I was honestly quite surprised by how kind the locals are there.
 
Prague as a city is also absolutely beautiful. There are so many huge parks around Prague that are great fun to visit and explore. The buildings there have a very interesting style; many are very old and historic, while others were very modern. It made for a very nice contrasting appearance around the city.
 

What next for you and do you have any advice for future participants?

I will be continuing my work with the company from my placement shortly, which I am very much looking forward to. I am hoping that continuing to work with them part-time will evolve into a full-time position in time or perhaps lead to a job with another company in the UK. Either way it’s likely that working with this company will jumpstart my career in IT.
 
My advice to future participants would be the following:
• Work hard in the placement and show initiative with the company you end up with, because it could end up in a job for you.
• Don’t go in with massive expectations for your placement – while the company I had was great, others were disappointed with the companies they had to work with because they expected more. You should treat the placement as a learning experience and not a dream job in a foreign country – the best parts of the placement are made by you and your friends.
• Travel around and explore the country you visit – don’t just visit some monuments or go to the same places over and over. The most fun thing to do is just walk in one direction with friends and see what happens.
• Learn some basic phases and pronunciation in the language before starting the placement – it helps more than you expect.
 
 
Thanks to Callum for sharing his placement experience. If you would like any information about our Computing and IT courses, click here.
 

News, Student Spotlight

Case Study: Complementary Therapy – Malgorzata Glapiak

 

 

 

One of our talented Complementary Therapy students, Malgorzata has secured a place working in Aegeo Spa in Crete. Malgorzata took part in the Erasmus exchange programme, along with 20 other Complementary and Spa Therapy students. They spent a month living and working on the beautiful island of Crete at a Greek Spa called Aegeo Spa. By the end of the month were so impressed with Malgorzata’s work that they offered her a job. We caught up with her to ask about her time at College and what she thought of the Complementary and Spa Therapy courses at Bath College.

 

 

What course did you study at Bath College?

I studied Level 3 Complementary Therapies

 

When did you study at Bath College?

2017-2018

 

What was the most valuable part of the College course?

The course was very practical and client heavy; it really prepares you to work in the industry. I also loved that it offered Erasmus opportunities and work placements.

 

What made you apply in the first place?

My mum actually did the course 8 years ago and recommended it to me. The staff are very experienced and the College is in an amazing location. I also did my A-levels at Bath college and I got to know Di and Sharon- they were very helpful and kind.

 

How did you get your job in Crete?

I applied and took part in the Erasmus Exchange in Crete working for Aegeo Spa. They offered me a job that I could take on completion of my course.

 

Describe a typical day in your day job.

I start by greeting guests and recommending appropriate services and products; I then perform face and body treatments. I also help to maintain hygiene in the staff and treatment rooms as well as storing and maintaining necessary documentation and client files. I have lunch with other members of staff, attend training and meetings at work.

 

What piece of advice would you give to those who are interested in working in a spa/studying complementary therapies or similar?

The course offers you the necessary skills and knowledge in order to work in a spa. Working in a spa teaches you a lot of important skills, such as time management, problem solving in the team and hygienic practice. It also improves your communication skills and client care. The course provides invaluable experience for those who wish to become self-employed in the future and it also offers you knowledge about different treatments and products and their suitability so you become much more confident as an individual.

 

Wiktor on his plcaement

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Case study: Wiktor’s Erasmus Business Placement in Prague

 
Wiktor Blaszczyk took part in an Erasmus+ placement in Prague earlier this year, at an organisation called called Recola, a bicycle rental company. We heard from Wiktor about his month-long placement to find out all the benefits it had.

 

Completing a work placement is a requirement on my Business course. So I thought, why not do one abroad! My tutors had shared the opportunity with me but the desire to travel, meet new people and throw myself into a completely new environment, made me motivate myself to work hard and earn a place to go to Prague for 4 weeks.
 
I began researching the company that I would be working with beforehand, and discovered that it was looking to expand internationally into European markets. I read up about some of these in advance, and greatly impressed my employers with my insight during my first week on the job!
 
Getting to see how a business works internally was a great benefit. My area was in sales for the company’s bicycle-renting project, and my main role was in identifying and making international contacts, in order to introduce the project into cities across Europe. I used my initiative to develop a communication guide from the company’s existing documents, suited to the individual countries which I had to interact with. My confidence, inter-personal skills and problem-solving ability were greatly boosted through this experience.
 Wiktor and his colleagues
 
Living away from home in a foreign country in an apartment full of other students, gave me a taste of independence and responsibility, which I would not have had otherwise. Prague is a haven for delicious food, beautiful architecture, museums and general activities, so there is always something to do! The host organisation even organised an evening at an escape room which the whole team enjoyed! Our in-country contact helped us to sort any issues which we might have and would always reply to our messages immediately. He even brought food for us on our first night there when we arrived from the airport, which was much appreciated!
 
A moment to remember in the local community, was when an elderly Czech gentleman heard me speaking English to some other students on a tram, and turned to greet us warmly. He even stepped off the tram at our stop to point us to a restaurant he recommended, before he boarded again to continue his own journey home.
My efforts throughout the placement earned me the praise of my boss who asked me to continue working with the company once I returned home, and I gladly agreed! I am still carrying out my tasks whilst completing my Business Course at Bath College, and I know this will look great on my CV when I apply for a job after. The placement made me realise that I prefer developing my skills in an actual workplace.
 
My advice for future participants is to stay focussed on what you are doing and your goals to make the most of the experience. Be flexible and always look for solutions. It was a great experience for me from which I gained a lot of life lessons and skills. Thank you to Erasmus+!
 

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