Meet Xport’s Summer Interns: Han, Vietnam

Han focusing on her future in PR

Han focusing on her future in PR

Hi, I’m Han. I’m from Vietnam and I’ve been living in Seinajoki for 2 years. I’m currently a second year student at SeAMK, concentrating in International Business.

I came to Finland because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone –  my parents and my beloved city. I also love Europe. Other realistic reasons are that, Finland offers a business degree in English and is well-known as one of the best country to be a mother and raise a family.
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Meet Xport’s Summer Interns: Benedikt, Germany

Benedikt getting onto the swing of life at Xport

Benedikt getting onto the swing of life at Xport

 

Hello, my name is Benedikt, and I’m from Leverkusen, Germany. This is a little city approx. 15 km outside of the world-famous Cologne. I attend the Georg- Simon-Ohm Vocational College for Media Production and Information Technology in Cologne, where I’m doing a 3-year professional training. I’ll finish in July 2016 as a qualified “state-certified IT specialist,” and an entrance degree to go to a university of applied sciences.
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Time Flies at Xport

Aatu demonstrating how “…an intern’s individual skills and interests are taken into consideration…”

Five months go by so quickly. It feels like it was yesterday I started my internship with Xport.

Before my internship I had no work experience in the field of business. I doubted my skills, but I was convinced by the good people at Xport that I’d get the hang of things.

Xport doesn’t have a uniform internship program, and an intern’s individual skills and interests are taken into consideration when giving out tasks. Having no experience in business, I was open to try any kind of work Xport had to offer. During these five months, I’ve experienced working on market researches, telemarketing, social media marketing, translations and website updates.
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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

Outside Looking In: A German Intern’s View Of A Finnish Company

Kerstin, enjoying her time at Xport

Kerstin, enjoying her time at Xport

My four months internship at Xport is already over, and the time has truly been flying.

During the last few months I have been introduced to a lot more impressions of Finland than in my previous nine month stay here as an international student. The people from Xport and BSTR are an incredible team; their group dynamic is infectious and you feel welcome right away.

Having studied here during my Bachelor degree, I felt fairly capable in dealing with Finnish people and culture, but I found that studying in an international degree program does not compare with Finns and the Finnish culture in a working environment. Their companies’ culture is unlike any other I have ever seen before, which is in part due to the international mindset of Xport, but also because they are still a young company with a tight-knit team.

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KOKEMUKSIA TYÖHARJOITTELUSTA XPORTISSA

Antti-Pekka hard at work in the Xport office

Antti-Pekka hard at work in the Xport office

Työharjoitteluni Xportissa alkaa olla lopuillaan, joten nyt on hyvä aika katsoa vähän taaksepäin ja kerrata mitä parin kuukauden harjoittelujaksoni on pitänyt sisällään. Kaksi kuukautta on lyhyt aika, mutta minut on otettu hyvin mukaan porukkaan, ja mielekkäitä projekteja on riittänyt heti alusta alkaen.

Opinnäytetyölle löytyi aihe heti ensimmäisenä aamuna ja sainkin vastuulleni asiakkaalle tehtävän markkinatutkimuksen suunnittelun ja toteutuksen. Tämä oli loistavaa, sillä pääsin testaamaan Seinäjoen ammattikorkeakoulussa ja Leónin yliopistossa oppimaani suoraan käytäntöön; asiakkaan tarpeiden selvittäminen ja tavoitteiden asettaminen tutkimukselle, markkinatutkimuksen suunnittelu ja hyväksyttäminen asiakkaalla ja sitten itse tutkimuksen pariin. Opinnäytetyöni tavoitteiksi tuli mm. markkinoiden segmentoiminen kuluttajatottumuksiin perustuen. Projekti jatkuu vielä harjoittelun jälkeenkin segmentin valinnalla yhdessä toimeksiantajan kanssa, ja siihen liittyvillä tarkemmilla tutkimuksilla. Ja pitäähän se opinnäytetyökin vielä kirjoittaa.

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