|Language and Linguistic Science|
|German and Spanish (with a year abroad)|
|Application Portfilio Management Internship|
|Finance and consultancy|
|Large business (250+ employees)|
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A day in the life of a Application Portfilio Management Internship in Germany
What I do
I worked in the Application Portfolio Management section of Deutsche Bank, which provides the link between the IT side and the Business side of the company. My daily duties and responsibilities ranged from taking minutes in meetings, to giving presentations about new business ideas for this section of Deutsche Bank, to collaborating a 70 page handbook which now acts as an instruction manual for both existing and new employees.
Skills I use and how I developed them
Being a language student I was obviously there to improve my German, which was something that certainly did improve. I was also asked to translate documents from German to English, meaning my vocabulary improved. I also improved day-to-day skills such as note taking, data input and conversing with others. When you are put in a different situation to that you are used to, especially in a foreign country, you have no other choice than using your languages to converse with others. For example; asking for help or explaining things. It may seem daunting at first but it definitely improves over the placement, and your confidence also develops at the same time.
What I like most
The people I worked with were extremely helpful, especially at the start of the placement when my German was not just as good, and I was new to the sector and didn't understand everything that the Application Portfolio Management team did. My colleagues were extremely helpful, and Deutsche Bank also had hundreds of interns working at the same time as me. This meant I easily made friends with other English and German interns; we all went for lunch together and each Thursday Deutsche Bank organised a social event for all of us. A lot of us still keep in contact now, and we have met up since finishing our placements.
What I like least
There was nothing I disliked about my placement. The Application Portfolio Management sector is quite technological, so sometimes that was very difficult to get my head around, as I have never studied anything like that since IT in school. It meant I had to spend the first few weeks learning new terms and how things worked which was a bit tedious, but at the end of the placement I had learnt a new skill.
What surprised me most
I would say that the thing that surprised me the most was how much I changed as a person over the year; in a good way. A placement in general makes you a lot more confident as a person, and teaches you skills you have never experienced before. A placement in a foreign country where you need to speak a different language improves your confidence and attitude even more in my experience. Since returning from abroad, I regularly think that if I have done this and that in Germany with no problem, then I can easily do this and that in England. I would also say it surprised me how much a placement on your CV improves your employment chances. A lot of people say this, and a lot of people think it isn't true, but when I started applying for jobs with a placement at Deutsche Bank in Germany on my CV, a lot of employers said how impressive that is and how they are looking for people with experience.
My advice to students considering work
I would definitely recommend doing a work placement. As I have already said, you gain a lot from it and you get to see how you enjoy the professional life. A placement makes you a lot more confident, and also provides you with fantastic connections for when you start looking for a full time job after University. Many employers want experience nowadays, so you definitely have an advantage if you have a placement already on your CV.
If you do get the chance to do a placement abroad, I would definitely recommend it. You learn a new language and culture, and again, it looks very good on your CV.
I am happy to answer any questions you may have about my placement specifically, or any other placements abroad.
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