My Internship at Xport: Fun & Learning Outside of my Comfort Zone

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Six weeks passed quickly. A fun, informative experience is sadly coming to an end. As a guy, who had no experience of sales and marketing at all, I was worried that I would not match the requirements of the role, during this internship.

When I started to work on my first project, I had no idea where to start and where to finish it. After completing the task I had a better understanding of what Xport actually does. In addition with my increasing knowledge, the complexity of the tasks also increased. After finishing a few tasks, I realised I didn’t need to be afraid of not matching the requirements. Even though there were sometimes little language problems, because I’m not a native English speaker, the team was patient to ensure I understood what was required of me.

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Meet Xport’s Winter Intern: Robin, Germany

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Hi, my name is Robin and I’m from a small village near Hannover, Germany. I’m currently in an apprenticeship at a Local Government as an administration employee and will finish it in June 2017. I take part in the “Erasmus”-project of the European Union, which offers students to go to a different country of the EU and gain experience in working abroad.

I will be working at Xport for six weeks in January and February. I came to Finland, because I want to improve my English and office skills. In addition, I like Finland’s landscape. In my free time, I love to meet my friends, listen to music and reading novels.

Robin Schnelle, Germany

Hard Work with Freedom and Support to Explore New Ideas

Working at Xport has definitely been an enriching experience in my professional development as well as in my knowledge of business culture, for many reasons.

Firstly, Xport offers a perfect working environment. Something as simple as good working tools, and a spacious, light and clean office, with Mark’s ‘interesting’ background music and full of hard-working people, can do magic when it comes to focusing and motivation. Read more

Working in Finland to Learn About International Business

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Janine enjoying her last day at Xport!

My internship at Xport eventually comes to an end and I have to say that time went by way too fast. Although my time here in Finland was very short, I was able to gather a lot of valuable experiences

During the last 6 weeks I was able to learn a lot about office work in an international company, which will really help me in my future working life.

It was really interesting for me to do different tasks varying from Amazon research, translations or contacting German companies. Besides these, I had the opportunity to attend some meetings with Finnish companies. It was nice to see how these companies and their employees work, compared to those in Germany. What I really liked about my internship is that I was able to use my German language skills to help and support the company with their work.

Being an intern very often implies doing tasks without having too much responsibility. Xport however gives you the chance to work independently and self-reliantly, but that doesn’t tarnish the feeling that I could ask for help whenever I needed it.

Because of the friendly team and the resulting relaxed atmosphere, I automatically felt welcomed. It’s obvious that the whole team really cares about the well-being of their interns, which in my eyes says a lot of positive things about a company.

What stands out immediately is that the Xport team is very motivated and dynamic in their daily working routine. Teamwork is especially important here. I had the impression that the employees are working hard to achieve their goals and to bring Xport further forward.

Looking back on my 6 weeks in Seinäjoki, I know I made the right decision in choosing Finland and, of course, Xport for my internship.

I am very grateful that I had the chance to join the Xport team for six weeks. I wish them all the best.

 

Janine Gerling, Germany