(義大利 Wibee 實習生 蘇同學)
而我的工作皆是由Skype和遠在倫敦的Paolo Taticchi教授討論，這五個月的任務是完成公司的一個關於行動學習(Mobile learning)的Business Plan，對於虛擬學習市場作一個深度的市場調查，並決定是否進入這市場開發相關學習平台；Paolo很有規律地追蹤我的工作進度，並適當的給予新的任務，他總是很有耐心的講解工作內容，也在每次任務結束不吝嗇的讚賞，我想這就是西方文化最棒的地方吧! 雖然總是和辦公室裡的人看似不相關，但我們仍每天一起共度午餐時光、並交流彼此的文化，但直到現在我還是無法習慣他們那過度簡單的飲食文化-瑪格麗特比薩、紅醬義大利麵、夾著生火腿的麵包，在我的映象裡，他們的生活很規律、吃著大致一樣的食物、每天餐後來杯espresso，一成不變到令人覺得乏味，和台灣人餐餐都要開火、吃熱食的生活有很大的差異，但這對我來說是個難得的生活體驗。
To leave the place we used to live. It was exciting, challenging, a little scare, and expected! I participated in TIP program, it’s different from other exchange student. We had internship in the company, and also had specialized seminars.
My internship company is Wibee, a communication network company which experience in different areas such as ICT, civil, industrial and management engineering. I was working with their cooperative company- Pro-E. In addition, I had a thoughtful colleague, he not only took us to the office every day, but also cared us as a family. He cooked traditional Italian food for us in the weekend, took us to joined their real life when we were free. How lucky we are! That was a unforgettable memory in this five months.
I was different from other students, because I just can use Skype to contact my tutor-Paolo Taticchi. In this five months, I asked for write a business plan which talking about mobile learning (M-learning). I needed to do detailed market research, and collected lots of information. In the final, I had to make a decision: “Does it make sense to develop iPad software similar to virtual learning environment including mobile apps feature?” It was not easy for me to read whole article in English, and to write 20 pages business plan. But Paolo always encouraged me when I sent him reports every time. We discussed twice a week, step by step to finish the business plan. In Wibee, being here is not just responsible for works, also makes me have different experience such as culture exchange. I shared something special in our country, or different between us. And I cooked Taiwanese food for them! I’m glad with the company members in a good relationship and also thanks my tutor Paolo and Francesco for supporting me a lot, thanks my friend/colleague Cristiano let me had the best experience in Perugia.
In addition to work experience, I also arrange the trips in some famous cities around Europe. I went to top of Europe in Switzerland, to enjoy the country life in Grindelwald; Visiting fashion, romantic cities- London and Paris; Taking a leisurely walk around Bruges, and tasted the fresh Belgium beer! And the most fantastic experience was I spend whole week in Barcelona when the Christmas vacation. I met some friends in the hostel, we celebrated together, went to the beach, ate sea food, share our life, and I also really enjoy the building which design by Gaudi! Certainly, I traveled from south of Italy- Amalfi, Capri to Roma, Firenze, and north place- Venice. I was really impressed by those history, amazing natural landscape, and people in different countries.
This is my first time traveled in Europe, stayed in different country for half year, and also had my first job. I improve a lot, and learning by different way. Include three parts: the first is internship, I never have job before. So I enjoy my job and have responsible to do my best, to finish the project independent; Second is make life special in Italy, try everything new and share with people; and the most important is Travel. Travel makes me met friends from other countries, communicated with people who can’t understand English, introduced Taiwan to foreigners. When faced something difficulties think in positive way, and clam down to solve the situations no matter good or bad. Those were not teach us in the classroom in past 20 years.
I’m glad to have this opportunities to open my mind, to have these precious experience let me understand many things. I believe that any thing I do now, will make me better!