I am going to participate in the internship of the local company in Australia. The reason why I decided to participate in this program was simple, at first it was just because I wanted to go abroad. So at first I wanted to go for exchange studies, but as the days passed, I started to think, "Why do I want to go abroad? Does it have to be exchange studies?" I thought, I will never improve with an half halfhearted attitude. From this, I decided to rethink the thing of "studying abroad" again.
After that I studied lots of things and learned that there was an overseas internship program in the university program. Since I was good at English, I wanted to have a experience working overseas rather than improving language skills. I felt that this program will gave me a great opportunity to learn both English and buisness. Furthermore, I heard that Australia is a multicultural culture. I hope I could learn the differences of cross- cultural understanding between Japan, too.
About two months have passed since I came to Australia, my Sydney life has also come to the end. In my program, I spent the first two months at university and then for the last month, I started to have the experience of an intern at an Australian local company. For the first, I got too accustomed to my student life at university and became less interested in my overseas intern. I really started to feel like I'd like to remain in university as a student forever. However, when interns actually started, every day was new discoveries, and I think that it was a good opportunity to not only improve your English but also to learn how to be a society. Unlike Japan, interns here can handle interns life as a society person, so I have a very responsible work. Sometimes I am worried about the weight and size of the assignment given, but since I was left behind, I keep thinking about what I can do on a daily basis and I am striving to work everyday.
Last week, I finished all the programs and returned to Japan safely. There are many things that I gained throughout this overseas internship program, but the most best thing that I gained compared with before studying abroad is I think, confidence, and a sense of courage. In the beginning, this internship program was just for learning linguistics and having a experience, but I learned more than that. There were many anxiety things, only because it was oversea. However, I learned that what is more important than language is that you should try to communicate even if you can not speak, and you have to believe your self that you can do everything even you have never experienced it. In Australia, it is common to interact with people from other countries. Because we have different appearances and opinions, we are accepting each other, so we can not get into the place of exchange unless we can have our own ideas. As a result, I became able to say my own thoughts especially during my study abroad.
For the past three months, I learned many things. I would like to use these experience in my future job hunting activities.