(義大利 BRANTABEE實習生 國貿系 趙同學)
公司附近有一間Bar，有時候早上會去吃早餐。剛開始，Bar的老闆看到東方臉孔都會很好奇搭訕聊天，不過我只能用點頭和搖頭回應。後來，老闆旁邊的女侍應生看不下去，用簡單的英文試圖溝通。我們才能開始互相聊天，她告訴我義大利人的早餐咖啡喝什麼要配搭吃什麼，順帶教我那個食物的義大利名字是什麼，上下班經過這間Bar都會和裏面的人打招呼。有幾次碰到同事，他在coffee break time告訴我，他還說老闆他們很喜歡我，叫我有事沒事多去坐坐陪他們聊天。
Over six month’s periods, I finally finished internship programs. Recall the memories; it was just like the dream. First, I really appreciated that Professor Hsu offers me a chance to join this program.
Before graduated, I was confused about my future and career. After discussing with my mentor, I decided to take a Gap year to find out my life direction. Some people may doubt that I take a lot of effort leaving the familiar place, but living in another unfamiliar country. Except experiencing culture shock what I can get in the half year?
Well…as the saying goes, “Never try, never know.” I won’t tell you it is worthy or not. I did meet a lot of problems in Italy such as language’s barriers, safety’s problem, difference values, difference cultures and racial discrimination. However, those problems would solve when you adapt the environment. And the funniest thing is I making new friends because of my poor Italian. After communication, most of them would respect both side’s values and cultures. If Italians have questions, they would ask directly. Over a period of time, you will get use to be the lifestyle in Italy.
When I came back home, I still miss everything in Italy…the view in Italy, the people meet in Italy, and the place in Italy. At least, I won’t regret the choice I made. If I have time, I will visit it again.
Sometimes, you have to walk out your life, and then you will realize that life is always full of surprise.
The main activity of my internship is helping the tutor to search the supplier in China. Every time the raw material I search is different. It depends on the requirement of the customer. The product of categories is wide varieties. When I found enough suppliers, I would make a list of priority and send to the tutor. The tutor decided which supplier I should contact. Then I start to bargain the better price with the supplier. If my job is finished and waiting for the next mission, I would help colleagues or help the other internship to finish his job. For example, finding some information or translate some sentence……etc.
I want to know the operation of company. And I expected to know more about the kind of industry. For instance, Brantabee is an industrial design company. If I work into the environment, I could know the skin of the industry. I don’t need to know the details. I am glad that I could use the procurement skill and use what I learnt in the university. However, I really expected to know more the area that I never contact.
At the first month of internship, I worked on a specific project called BeorBuy. This is the picture of the platform.
Tutor explained what project they are working on. They wanted to make a platform for buyer and seller that similar as Alibaba.com. , so my tutor asked me to search suppliers and invite them to register the platform. And when the growth rate of platform is in mature, they will sell the project.
Firstly, I find few platforms to know the keywords of some industries. Then, I type the keywords on Google search and then select the supplier I need.Also, some companies’ linkages have related companies.
Secondly, I start to send invitation email to those suppliers. Avoiding my invitation email is deleted as junk mail. The title and content of mail I wrote specifically to the supplier. If they don’t want to register, I also please them to reply the email and leave the reason. I could track the number of suppliers and improve the content of invitation email to lower my rejected rate.