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東海大學國際職場實習發展中心---勇敢跨步

勇敢跨步

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  • 日期 : 2016-12-05

(義大利 Archistudio實習生  李同學)

在剛進入研究所時,我的學姊正好是TIP計畫第三屆的成員,才剛認識她不到幾個星期的時間,便要出發前往另一個世界:義大利。學姊沒有跟我介紹太多研究所的生活,但卻帶我認識了這個計畫。

其實我並不是沒有去過西方國家,多年前甚至也去過義大利,當時的年紀不懂得欣賞壯麗的風景與氣派的古蹟,長大後的我則一直嚮往能夠舊地重遊。但曾經被歧視被欺負的不愉快回憶,卻叫我一直拒絕、害怕跨出那一步。

輾轉十多年後這個機會再次擺在我的面前,但這一次我沒有猶豫,因為我知道這可能是我最後的機會,也感謝東海給我這樣的機會,對我來說不僅是重要的選擇,勇敢地跨出去,我的人生也將因此改變。

面對許多人生中的第一次,面對自己最不擅長的事。直來直往的個性其實一直不擅與女孩子相處,但這次的成員之中只有我一個大男孩。大部分的朋友都投以羨慕的眼光,但我卻是非常頭大,只有告訴自己這是訓練的最好機會。但其實這樣的好處相當明顯,從用餐、購物、搭車、申辦文件時的禮遇就可以感覺得出來,幾個月下來不僅被訓練成新好男人,也少了粗魯的談吐。

緊接著的下個任務,便是幫助公司尋找電動自行車的供應商,Enemov銷售的電動自行車是來自義大利國內的廠商,但卻是在中國製造,公司希望未來可以直接從中國或台灣進口,降低成本幫助調降產品價格。靠著自己摸索,Enemov首要考慮便宜的價格,光是要找到製造商的聯絡方式就已經費盡心力,而要從廠商取得完整的產品型錄、報價、最小訂購量更沒有想像中的容易,上百封的郵件不斷嘗試,從中文到英文,除了從中學習經驗也意識到自己的壞習慣,必須改正不應該存在的苟且心態。過程中幾乎是全新的經驗,竭盡所能蒐集有助於公司決策的資訊,將取得的資料彙整與Michela反覆確認最後交給公司,這樣代表公司與製造商接觸,學習與廠商應對的經驗甚是難得。  

我和其中一個女孩一同在Enemov實習,Enemov其實是間剛獨立出來不到一年的小公司。剛開始時,我們的Tutor Mriko幫助我們瞭解公司的產品,並交代我們的任務就是協助Michela工作。Michela是公司少數的正職員工,而我們的第一個任務就是與另一位當地的實習生一起翻譯公司的銷售網站Enstore,我努力地用自己生疏的英文討論與反覆確認,翻譯任務很快便告一段落,專有名詞過於複雜的產品型錄公司則決定外包出去。

在義大利最後的工作,是Paolo Carbone教授請我們提交的TIP網站建議報告,在剩下的時間裡分工合作加強討論,從中學習到如何將做研究有條理的邏輯思考方式運用在工作上,從蒐集現有網站上所提供的資訊,分析其中可能缺乏的資訊與架構上的問題,透過訪談成員對於TIP網站的意見,針對網站架構、新增資訊項目與互動功能提出建議,最後學習利用Axure軟體製作假網頁模擬新的網頁架構。

五個月來遠離家園、離開舒適圈,實習不僅僅是在工作上。在國外的生活也教會了我成為一名背包客。從前我不敢開口說英文、不太使用大眾運輸工具、不會自己煮飯、不願主動認識人。但因為工作、生活的需要迫使我開口,工作通勤我必須懂得使用大眾運輸,要養活自己我得自己學著烹飪,這些學習給了我勇氣,跨出背包客的一步獨自旅行。夢想中的冰島,義大利的多個城市,重回羅馬的兒時記憶,走訪新奇的國度,荷蘭、比利時、德國、瑞士等多個國家獨家記憶。體會旅行的意義,無論是哪裡,快樂是需要分享的。向新朋友分享你的人生,向故人分享新的體驗,傾聽別人的世界,並且寫下自己的故事。然而更多的快樂需要共同創造,即使分享也不盡完全,身處壯麗風景的感動與新奇世界的震撼,只願我所愛的家人也能擁有。

直到現在都還很難相信自己有辦法預定國外的住宿,與當地的旅館聯絡與溝通;有辦法快速熟悉環境,自己搭乘飛機、火車、捷運、公車等各種大眾運輸工具;準備從簡單的到豐盛的各種料理;最難以置信的是為了居留證問題去詢問德國的外交部,還有面對行李遭竊、列車變更目的地等等的各種狀況,竟然可以處之泰然,跨出小一步後接踵而來的不可思議,發生的卻是如此自然。

現在如果有人再問我會不會害怕嘗試跨出新一步,我可以很清楚地回答:「怕!但沒那麼怕。」因為相信、感受到自己的成長,因為成長而有勇氣跨出下一步。

回顧過去,曾幾何時自己的步伐為了抱怨而停頓,而社會的氣氛卻還教著我們抱怨。在台灣抱怨不景氣,而義大利聽到更多抱怨失業率,但認真去看,你會看到努力的人選擇改變,選擇適應這樣的環境。他們選擇走出國工作、學習新東西、學習新的語言,不是等待機會,而是主動出擊。

衷心感謝許老師對這個計畫的努力以及對我的教導,不僅給我機會成長更叫我正視自己的缺點,沒有得過且過,只有一絲不苟的努力改之,雖然辛苦但仍未成長而感到快樂。

恐懼並不真實,我們要避免的是現實的危險;抱怨沒辦法帶來幫助,突破需要積極主動;用認真的態度,跨出每一步,學著紮實。

When I decided to pursue my postgraduate degree, my senior was a member of the third batch of TIP. We just met for a few weeks, and she was preparing for her trip to Italy. She hasn’t told me much about school life as a postgraduate student but introduced me this program.

Actually this is not the first time for me to be in western country. Years back in my childhood, I’ve been to Italy once but I was too young. I didn’t understand the great history of Italy, and I couldn’t even enjoy the wond erful scenery. As I grown up, I wish I can go back to Italy again. However, there were some bad memories before and influenced on me a lot when I was a little. I was bullied by some foreigners and that frightened me a lot, and after that I refused to make the step to go to other countries. So when I got this chance, I didn’t hesitate. I am very thankful to this prestige organization for giving me this chance. It was not only a big decision to make but also change my life.

Experienced and encountered a lot of unfamiliar situation and all the first time of the journey were exploring and exciting. I actually don’t know how to get along with girls. Unfortunately, I’m the only guy of the program. Everyone thinks I am a lucky guy, but the truth is that I had a really headache during time. I tried to believe it’s the best chance for practicing, actually it was. Because of all the girls, I was always friendly during these five months. I also become a better man and never say something vulgarism anymore.

One of the girl and I from the group work together in Enemov. At the beginning, our tutor, Mirko made a brief introduction regarding the company’s operation, and he assigned us to work with Michela, a full-time employee in the company. Then we became her assistants. She wanted us to translate the E-commerce to English of Enemov with another local intern. I enjoyed my first cooperation with Italians. We’ve done everything except the catalog, the company decided to outsource the translation of products' catalog because there are too complicated.

The next task was to look for suppliers, which like manufactures electric bicycle. Enemov’s E-bikes are purchased from Italian supplier, but made in China. The company wants to import E-bike from manufacturers directly in order to cut the cost and make a better price. In this task, first thing to consider was the price. Seeking for manufacturers from Taiwan and China was not easy. Trying to contact the manufacturers, to get all of the product catalogs, quotation and MOQ was challenging. During the work, I noticed that I have some problems need to be corrected. For this work, I needed to archive the data and discussed it with Michela then passed it to Mirko for approval. Beforehand, I have no idea what procurement was. But this was a wonderful experience to learn how to contact with suppliers.

The last work that we got was to make a proposal of TIP website design. As a team, we set our goals, divided the work and provided each other related and essential information. The team analyzed the previous version of website and conducted interviews to conclude with the suggestions. Axure was the software used to make a prototype of the website. Fortunately, the proposal was finished earlier than expected.

Leaving from comfort zone like home for five months, I didn’t only learn from work, but also the Italian lifestyle allowed me to be a backpacker. In the past, I was afraid to speak in English, never took public transportation that often, didn’t know how to cook, didn’t want to take the initiative to meet people. To stay in Italy, I needed to speak English at work and took the public transportation to work, needed to cook for myself, and those changes gave me the courage to make the first step of traveling alone and be a backpacker. I went to a lot of places, included my dream country Iceland, different cities in Italy, flashback and re-experience of my childhood memories in Rome. Created wonderful memories around the world such as Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and so on. No matter where you are, experience the true meaning of travelling, and happiness has to be shared. Sharing your life to new friends, experience to old friends, listening to someone’s story and write down your own. Happiest memories need be created, and shared with your loved ones, memories cannot be copied, story can't fully share, yet they can feel the joy that you had.

Until now, It is still hard to believe that I could book and contact with hostel in a foreign country, knew how to take the public transportation by myself, cook by myself, and sent emails to German Foreign Office ask for my residence permit. I couldn’t even understand why and how can I be so calm when the baggage was stolen on the train. After that, unbelievable things happened one after another.

If there is someone asking me again, whether would I afraid to take the next step or not. The answer is definitely “Yes. But not much.” Because of my improvement make me think that I have the courage to go next step.

I can’t remember since when that I stopped moving because of complaining a lot when I look back. In Taiwan, the ambience of the society taught us how to complain. Most of the citizens complain about economy recession. In Italy, you can hear more complain regarding unemployment. However, there’s still some people who want to change, they decide to adjust into the environment. They have the initiative to learn something new and even to work abroad.

I’m sincerely grateful for the effort of Professor Hsu on this program. Not only giving me this chance, but also teaching and letting me see my shortcoming that I have to correct.

Fear is not the one we have to be afraid of, all we need to do is get away from getting involved in danger. Complaining is useless, we have to be aggressive on pursuing your dream. Be serious on every step and be careful and physical on learning in life.