Monthly Archives: April 2017

Working in Germany

Greetings from Germany, Stuttgart

I am currently doing my internship here in Stuttgart in a company called Jago Ag which is an online shop. Sales and marketing is the area where I am focused in and my job is quite versatile and interesting. Germany is not called a hard working country for no reason. You can see that it is hard embedded in the culture here. My work consists of quite a lot of excel related work but the range of tasks is quite diverse. I also get to translate product descriptions from German to Finnish which is quite nice.

Excel excel and more excel
Excel excel and more excel

Doing an internship is definitely different than being in an exchange. You have clear schedule and rhythm. Outside of work I go to the gym and hang out with my flat mates. I’ve had the change to meet friends from my exchange who live here in Germany. I have traveled around a bit for example I went to Aschaffenburg to see my friends and my plan is to visit Frankfurt as well. Weather here is quite warm (which is surprising) so I’ve got to enjoy it as well. And obviously the beer. German beer is possibly the best in the world but I’ve kept the consumption in a normal level.

Drink German beer. It's good.
Drink German beer. It’s good.

Germany and Finland are quite the same instead of the obvious fact that here are lot more people.  As a Finn if you come here you won’t be experiencing a culture shock. People in general are the same. We have the same mentality and same way of thinking but Germans are definitely more social.  Working culture here is a bit more strict and Germans really do work a lot. I would say that Germans are more determined to work and they work even a bit harder than Finnish people.

 

Postcard from Sweden

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Sunset with new roommates

My exchange in Malmö was nice. My course, called Storytelling – Narration Across Media suited my studies to become a screenwriter here in Finland. According to the course guide the idea of the course was to give a wide idea about how narration is made in different medias. So this meant we covered games, books, films, comics and even sound. It was a lot of information but for obvious reasons we couldn’t dive to depths with them (so to speak). But I liked my course and it helped me to think about narration in a broader sense, not only through screenwriting.

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View overlooking to the shores of Copenhagen

I also had a small adventure while there. As my application went late to Malmö University for some reason, I wasn’t eligible for student housing which they normally offer to their exchange students. So on my first day I didn’t know were I was going to sleep, as renting from private was impossible. Well I ended up staying in different Airbnb places eating up ALL my savings from the summer before and it sucked. But because of that I got to meet a lot of people I wouldn’t normally have met, and it was cool. I eventually did get a room in the student apartment due to a cancellation and slowly got to know the people there. It was hard at first because they had known each other for months by then but it went okay I guess. I met some really lovely people that I hope will be my friends for life.

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Picture from the garden of one of the places I stayed in

Compared to Finland studying in Malmö University was pretty much the same. The education system as a whole was really similar, although student organizations were really active and they organized multiple events, had clubs and trips and everything. Teachers and school staff were really interested and active in helping their students and it was really great.

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This is from when we made a trip to Lapland!

That’s all folks!

Greetings from the Land of Smiles

I have been studying now for three months in Rangsit University. University is located about 30 minute drive away from the center of Bangkok. Campus area is really big, you can find shops, cafes (Starbuck, Amazon+ others), banks, many different kind of food places, hospital, dentist, library, swimming pool, gym and athletics field.

Rangsit University
Rangsit University

The quality of teaching here is not the best one but it is okay. The teaching methods are quite different than in Finland. We have traditional homework that we write on paper and ten return them to our teacher. Also there are not that many group work and no projects, only lectures, exams and presentations. What I find funny is that everything related to school is discussed in Facebook and not in school intra etc.  All my teachers here talk really good English but content of courses are quite boring. We just have midterm exams and I think they were easy.

At school we have to use school uniforms and they are really hot to use because weather is almost every day about +35 degrees and it is getting hotter when summer is approaching. Men have to wear black trousers, plain white shirt and University’s necktie. Teachers and other students here have been really friendly and helpful.

First day at school with other Finnish exchange students
First day at school with other Finnish exchange students

I have here school only Monday 9.00-18-00 and Tuesday 9.00-15.00 so got some good time to travel in Thailand.

We have been travelling in many places inside of Thailand with other exchange students and it has been really cool. First two months we travel inside Thailand borders but after that we have been in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Macau.

Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta
Mae Hong Son
Mae Hong Son

I am staying here two more months and calendar seems to be almost full. We have plans go to Vietnam and Bali. If we have time i would also like to visit Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.

Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Singapore
Singapore
Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
Macau
Macau

 

Il-ġurnata t-tajba

We have had so nice time here in Malta and soon it is time to come back to home. Life here has been great experience and I’m not really ready to go home yet! But I guess I have to return to the reality. Thank god there is still some time to enjoy this pretty Island.
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We have done 200 hours clinical practise here in Mater Dei hospital. Mater Dei hospital is the biggest public hospital here in Malta. Medical Imaging Department includes skeletal imaging, ultrasound, mammography, CT, PET-CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, bone density etc. We had one week placement on every modality. We had also 12 ECTS of normal courses. We did couple courses about pharmacology, professional issues and Maltese culture and language course. Those courses included lectures, presentations and exams.  
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When I have had spare time I have visited different places. I have seen Valletta many times which is capital city of Malta, Mdina which is old capital city. I have been also in Maltas two little islands called Gozo and Comino. I have spend time also with my Finnish school friend Tiia and with my new Erasmus friends. We have enjoyed the sun!!
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Working culture is pretty much same here in Malta than in Finland. The most different thing is that Maltese takes working easier. Some times they are even slightly lazy. They can take nap during the night shift which is never a option in Finland. But sometimes I like this way of working more than the Finnish way. Even working is easier here Maltese education is very strict and studying here is very hard.
-Anni