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東海大學國際職場實習發展中心--第十屆學海築夢實習成果-我無法掌握一切,但我能掌握事情的發展

我無法掌握一切,但我能掌握事情的發展

  • 單位 : 國際職場實習發展中心
  • 分類 : 第十屆學海築夢實習成果
  • 點閱 : 65
  • 日期 : 2020-12-03

  國立雲林科技大學 應用外語系 洪同學

  身為應用外語系的學生,專精於不同語言是我們的必要條件之一,我期許自己能在義大利實習的過程中,精進自己義大利文的口語能力;除此之外,熟悉與外國人工作也是其中一項重要的目的,在國際間貿易往來頻繁的世界裡,如果我能提早熟悉與外國人工作模式,相信我在出社會以後能很快地適應職場。另外,每個語言都代表著不同的思考方式,當然也不能省去了解義大利的文化,我相信這我生命中一個很不一樣的旅程。

  為了實現這堂旅程的夢想,我做了不少努力,我提前將大學的所有學分都修完,以確保我能準時畢業,在課表滿檔的同時,每個禮拜五搭車從雲林回台中上義大利文課;即便我父母非常支持我,願意負擔我出國的開銷,但我還是打了三份工,自己存了出國的錢,因為我知道他們一直想要買一個大的房子,好讓我和姊姊結婚以後能帶著丈夫和小孩回家和他們過年,我也20歲了,也是時候該為自己想做的事付一點責任;同時,為了不讓自己留下遺憾,我答應接下了系上一年一度的大活動—應外系戲劇公演的主持。最後,在出國前考過多益畢業門檻。這就是我出國前的大三生活。 

  第一天,下飛機之後我們要前往宿舍,在路途中,我們在加油站買早餐,我出國前有學了半年的義大利文,以為當時可以派上用場,但站到櫃檯的那一刻,我卻開不了口。因為義大利人講話的速度非常快,我還沒能反應過來,他們就把話說完了,雖然最後還是順利的買到了好吃得可頌,但這個過程卻很刻骨銘心。

  抵達宿舍後,我們去旁邊的超市買了一些生活用品,想買「氣泡水」,回家喝了一口後才發現是「汽水」。看似很普通的事,但對於我「習慣一切事情都在我掌握中的人來說,卻足以讓我灰心。」

  之後的幾天,身為隊長的職責就是要跟著助教幫大家辦理很多重要事項,包括:公車卡、稅籍ID和居留證,假日要安排大家的旅行,也需要訂車票、安排行程,這種種的過程,我真的學到了很多。身在異地他鄉,這裡有太多預測不到的困難,所以我明白了一個道理,要懂得「未雨綢繆」以外,同時也要增強自己「臨機應變」的能力,學習在困難突然發生時,沉穩、冷靜並運用智慧解決他。就如同我們現在也預測不了出社會後的挑戰一樣。我想,這就是實習真正的意義吧﹗

  工作中,使我印象最深刻的部分是「寄Email」,也是占了我工作絕大多數的時間。一開始,Tutor請我寫開發信給潛在顧客,範本只有德文跟義大利文版本,先要將它翻譯成英文之後附上中文。我記得上一次接觸到商業書信的時候大概是高中在準備國貿證照的時候,往後再也沒有碰過了,我花了一些時間上網複習英文書信格式以及中文書信的規則。

  我們都很清楚,在工作中不會有人在一旁教你,因為大家各司其職,職場未必等於學校,學校能容許學生犯錯,但職場不能,擁有自我提升的能力非常重要,不懂的事情要問,但問問題前必須先想想是否有建設性、網路上能否找得到答案。行為表現能顯示一個人的內在;在職場上,問問題卻能展現一個人的深度。

  在科技公司工作的感覺大概可以用馬拉松來比喻,每天都好像在跟時間賽跑。記得有一次,Tutor昨天才剛交代完我要寫開發信給潛在客戶,隔天一早就告訴我有另一封email,是關於抵達我們公司的交通和住宿資訊,必須要在下班前寄給美國的客戶。我非常慶幸自己有一位有同理心又有智慧的tutor,每當我找他討論郵件內容、公司目錄和其他工作內容時,他總會問我「你覺得如何?」,他非常願意聆聽我了想法,經過討論後我們會一起做決定;我完成的東西,我們會一起討論和修改。我曾經在網路上讀過一篇文章,教導讀者如何找到對的主管或老闆,其中一點就是找到一位你「想向他學習的主管」,他認真對待所有人、事、物的特質,是值得我效仿的,能跟隨他也是我的榮幸。

  在義大利工作一陣子之後,我又更了解了自己的志向和適合的工作性質,我很嚮往長期居住在國外的生活,探討當地的文化,與在地人互動、結交外國朋友,因此,我希望我將來的工作能給我這樣的機會;我適合責任制的工作,因為我能妥善地安排自己的時間,和獨自完成一項任務。

  我近期尋找的工作都是以「海外業務」為主,因為海外業務的工作能和來自不同國家的人們交流。我喜歡學習不同的語言,除了英文以外,我還會說義大利文,最近也開始學習土耳其文,因為學習不同語言,能讓你與人有不一樣的連結,那樣的喜悅,用英文是永遠無法體會到的。我希望自己能進入科技產業,儘管我的科技知識無法媲美工程背景出身的學生,但我的學習能力強、工作態度嚴謹。語言能力、溝通談判技巧與策劃統整的能力上,我也非常有把握,相信能對我公司的團隊做出最大的貢獻。

 

  Since I am a student major in applied foreign languages, proficient in different languages is one of the necessary requirement. I expect myself to sharpen my oral speaking skills in Italian via having an internship in Italy. Besides, to get more familiar with working with foreigners is also a part of goal I want to achieve. It’s because trades among countries have been frequently nowadays. If I could get used to interact with foreigners, I would be able to adapt to the workplace sooner after I graduate. Finally, languages always stand for different way of ponder over. Finding out the background of Italian culture is also what I am looking forward to. I feel it will be a totally different experience in my life.

  To fulfill the dream to come to Italy, I have done a lot of effort. I finished all of the compulsory degrees in advance when I was in junior. Even if my curriculum was already full enough, I commuted to take Italian courses from Yunlin to Taichung every Friday. As for the expense of being abroad, although my parents were willing to offer me financial supports, I still took three part-time jobs to save money by myself because I know that they always want to buy another big house so that in the future when my sister and I get married, we still can bring our husbands and children back together for having a reunion with them during the Chinese New Year. At the moment, I was already over 20 years old and it is the time to be responsible for my own dreams. Instead of asking for money from my parents, I decided to make it myself. Meanwhile, not to miss the most important activity in DAFL─ annual drama performance, I promise to take over the duty of the host. Finally, before departure, I studied hard and passed the graduation threshold of the TOEIC test. That was my junior year in the university.

  I will always remember the day I arrived in Italia. On the way to our dormitory, we stopped by a bar which is usually a place for coffee in Italia. We were going to have our first breakfast in this country, and I also thought it was a good chance to practice my Italian, which I have learned for totally six months. However, thing didn’t go what I had thought. However, Italians speak very fast. In most of the time, I haven’t perceived yet, they just finish their sentence. Though I got the croissant that I want to eat, the process was still unforgettable. After we get to our dormitory, we bought some necessaries in the supermarket. Originally, I wanted to buy sparkling water, but once I tried it, I knew it was the wrong one. What I bought was soda. Speaking of being aboard, most of the people may consider the cases mentioned above are normal. On the contrary, they did depress me because I used to be a person who always lets everything is under control. On the couple of days after that, TA and I was busying for dealing with a lot of important document, such asbus tickets, ID card, resident permission because I was nominated as a leader. Besides, I needed to book the train tickets for our trip on weekends. To tell the truth, I did learn a lot. It’s even hard to anticipate all of the obstacles we may encounter, especially in aboard. There is a saying goes, “make hay while the sunshines.” It means we had better do some precaution for potential problem. However, I would now say it is not entirely correct because we also need the ability to deal with the challenges suddenly pop up. We better have both competencies.

        According to my work pattern, the most impressive part was “sending emails”. I remember there was a day my tutor asked me to write a development letter to potential customers. The models are in German or Italian. I was supposed to translate it into English and Chinese. However, the last time I practice writing commercial letter was in senior high school. At that moment, I was preparing for the license of the international trade management. Afterward, I had no longer touched it again. I spent some time searching online for reminding the format and the rules of the E-mail, both in English and Chinese. I know that there is not necessarily someone will teach in the workplace because everyone is busy. Workplace is not like school. In the school, mistakes are permitted in most of the time, but not in the workplace. The competency of self-improvement is very important. Before asking a question, it is better to think whether it is constructive, or if the answer can be found on the internet in advance. You are how you act; in the workplace, questions you ask show the level of intention.

        I would like to compare the technology company to marathon. It seems we are competing with the time every day. I remember once. My tutor asked me to write a development letter to potential customers the day before. On the day he asked me to write another E-mail the transportation and accommodation information. Besides, it might be done by the time we leave. The E-mail is required from customers in the United States. I am very glad that I have a tutor with wisdom and sense of empathy. Whenever I discuss the content of E-mail, brochure, and other items, he always asks me “How do you think?” he is willing to know my viewpoints. We make decisions together after discussion; we talk over what I have. I once read an article on the Internet. The author spread some methods of finding the right supervisor or boss. One of them was to find the one with some characteristics that you want to learn from. My tutor always treat people and things sincerely which I truly admire. It is also my honour to follow him.

        During the internship, I completely experience the work of sales and marketing specialists. This is the original occupation I would like to get a shot. As far as I am concerned, I firmly convince it is the type of job I want to engage in my future career. Since the system of job responsibility is more feasible for my personality, to become a sales and marketing specialist couldn’t be suitable for me at all. I prefer the job I can arrange my time and decide the order of pieces of stuff.

        I hope the wonderful experience in Italy can last for my future career. After my life in Italy, I had a better understanding of myself. I am fond of staying in different countries, especially for a long period, discovering some distinct things among cultures, and making friends with people from other countries. Thus, I prefer my future career involving this kind of offer. What’s more, since I am capable enough of finishing tasks by myself and I always have my own ideas of arranging my time, I feel I’m suitable for the exempt employee rather than non-exempt I suppose that having a job with high freedom enables me to maintain the lifestyle I like.

  Recently, the job I am looking for will provide chances to contact people from all around the world frequently. I already owned the abilities of Chinese, English, and Italian. I also started Turkish recently. I want to be an international sales representative in the technology industry. Though my knowledge about technology may not be as professional as those who have engineering backgrounds, I have great confidence in my languages, negotiation, coordination and learning skills. I hope can make a tremendous distribution to the team of my company.