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東海大學國際職場實習發展中心--第九屆學海築夢實習成果-CHOCO-INTERN IN ITALY

CHOCO-INTERN IN ITALY

  • 單位 : 國際職場實習發展中心
  • 分類 : 第九屆學海築夢實習成果
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  • 日期 : 2019-09-20

 東海大學 政治系 蘇同學

 

回想當時還在面試階段的自己,心裡總有許多不安和疑惑,差點讓我放棄了這次實習的機會,但不去試一試怎麼知道自己的極限在哪裡,抱持著這樣的精神,過關斬將的來到了義大利,然而,在義大利的這五個月挑戰仍未停歇,每一天都是生命中新的挑戰。

    面對陌生的歐洲領土,一切重新來過,學著去適應沒有像台灣那樣隨處可見的小吃攤販、便捷的交通系統和吃到飽的網路,還有所有的不習慣和不便;同時,也學習去模仿並融入當地的生活習慣和文化風俗,像是到Tabacchi買公車票、上火車前先到打卡機打卡和每天上超市的習慣,雖然在義大利的生活大多是不便利的,但也在這樣的生活中懂得放慢腳步,更注重當下,也體會到義大利人「等待」之美。此外,與台灣相比,在義大利最令我為之敬佩的一點就是在生活上總有許多時候存在著「自由心證」的一個過程,好比上超市買蔬果時——透過把蔬果放在磅秤機器上後,機器會列印出價格標籤,再把標籤貼在塑膠袋上,結帳時櫃檯人員就會掃描你貼上的價格標籤來算錢;又或者是火車站鮮少會看見有刷卡進站的圍欄,大多都是開放式的火車站,乘客只需要在搭火車前買好票並至打卡機打卡就可以了。像這樣「自由心證」的一個過程不但展現了對人的尊重和信任,也展現了高度文明的社會。

    我的公司是Eurochocolate以歐洲巧克力節為名,主要是提供一個巧克力平台推廣各國巧克力商品並舉辦可可界的學術交流,也呼籲世界可可的公平貿易,是個充滿文化性、趣味性、藝術性和學術性的熱鬧慶典。

    在大學期間雖然也辦過數十場校園活動,但與這種國際規格的活動相比下全然不同,透過這次實習我經歷了更專業的辦活動過程,從一開始的創意發想到運用策略來達成目的,再透過排定時程以利活動進行,並撰寫企劃來讓廠商瞭解,此外也了解如何尋求活動資源以及如何有效且聰明地宣傳活動。在實習的這段期間,我也透過經營Blog來記錄歐洲巧克力節,同時,投稿了校園電子報「創造美好電子報」希望能藉此吸引更多的人來認識這個節慶。

    這五個月除了生活和職場的挑戰以外,我也規劃了很多旅遊,不論是在義大利境內還是在歐洲其他國家旅遊,每一次的旅遊都能讓我對這世界更了解一些,也讓我變得更加堅強,處理事情更成熟穩重了。我很感謝TIP計畫對我的栽培,也很感謝父母支持我參與這項計畫,無論是職場方面的體驗還是生活方面的體驗,這些都是我在大學時期從未有過的經歷,讓我更懂得如何把所學發揮在職場上,也更懂得如何把自己擁有的技能貢獻給公司,付出一己之力,展現自己的價值。說實話,我真的很享受這五個月以來所有發生在身上的挫折和挑戰,能夠一次次突破內心的恐懼然後渾身解數地去解決問題對我來說這個過程總能迫使我成長。也許十年之後回過頭來看看這些經歷,可能會覺得一點都不希罕,但我絕對不會忘記這趟青春帶領我走過的足跡以及教會我、使我成熟的每一堂課。

 

Looking back at the interview stage, there was always a lot of anxiety and doubts in my heart. I almost gave up this opportunity to join the internship. But if I don’t try it, how to know my limits are. I maintained this spirit and pass through all tasks. Finally, I came to Italy. However, the five-month challenge in Italy has not stopped. Every day was a new challenge in my life.

Facing unfamiliar European territories, everything started over. Learning to adapt to the vendors which was not as ubiquitous as Taiwan, convenient transportation systems and unlimited data, and all unaccustomed and inconvenient; Learning to imitate and integrate into local living style and cultural customs, such as the habit of buying a bus ticket from Tabacchi, stamping your train ticket before going on the train, and going to the supermarket every day. Although most of the life in Italy is not convenient, I know how to made my step slow down, pay more attention in the present, and experience the “beauty of the waiting” from Italian. In addition, compared with Taiwan, the most admirable thing in Italy is that there is always a process of "free evaluation of evidence through inner conviction " in life. It is like when you buy fruits and vegetables in the supermarket. You need to put fruits and vegetables on the scale machine, the machine will print the price tag out, and then put the label on the plastic bag. When you check out, the cashier will scan the price tag you posted to calculate the money; or you will rarely see passengers pass through the speed gate. Most of the train stations are the open type. Passengers only need to buy tickets before taking the train and go to the stamp machine to validate your ticket. A process like this not only shows respect and trust to people but also shows a highly civilized society.

My company is Eurochocolate, which is famous for chocolate festival. It mainly provides a chocolate platform to promote chocolate products from all over the world and organizes academic exchanges in the cocoa. It also calls for fair trade in the world of cocoa. It is a lively celebration of cultural, interesting, artistic and academic.

Although I have done dozens of campus activities during my four years of college life, it is totally different from this international standard. Through this internship, I have experienced a professional process, from the beginning of the idea to use strategies to achieve the purpose, and then through the schedule to facilitate the activities, and write a plan to let the manufacturers understand, in addition to understand how to seek resources and how to effectively and intelligently promote the event. During the internship period, I also recorded the European Chocolate Festival by managing a blog. At the same time, I submitted an e-newsletter "For The Greater Good" to attract more people to come to know this festival.

In addition to the challenges of life and the workplace in the past five months, I had also planned a lot of tourism. Whether traveling in Italy or in other European countries, every trip could make me know more about the world, became stronger and deal with things more mature and stable. I am very grateful to the TIP project for my cultivation. I am also grateful to my parents for supporting me in this project. Whether it is the experience of the workplace or the experience of life, these are the experiences I have never had before in college. It made me know how to put what I have learned in practice, and how to contribute my skills to the company and show my own strength and value. To be honest, I really enjoyed all the frustrations and challenges that have happened in these five months. I could break through my inner fears and solve problems all the time. For me, this process could always force me to grow up. Maybe after ten years, looking back at these experiences, I might feel that it is not fascinating at all, but I will never forget the footprints that this youth led me and the lessons which taught me and made me mature.