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Leadership and Management

Thursday, 20th October 2020, we hosted a fantastic event: Leadership and Management.

Management

People often assume that leadership and management are in the same category, but they are not. During our webinar this main topic was closely observed. The discussion revolved around this topic:  leaders make people want to follow them, leader has empathy with their team and are adaptable while managers simply manage  the people who work for them.

”The important thing is to manage what is inside the box.” – Philip Chang

Phip Chang

The main focus of developing leadership skills is to inspire people, while management is all about planning.

It has been inspiring listening to these amazing entrepreneurs and their strong voices as the our guest speakers:


Paul Smith

Paul Smith – Founder of successful profitable businesses in the software technology, media, distribution and outsourcing sectors with three exits. Paul uses his visionary ability to help CEOs and organisations to embrace change, adopt fresh approaches, and look deeper to find imaginative solutions.


Philip Chang

Philip Chang – Strategic Finance and International Business Operations. He is an expert in analytical thinking, problem solving, cross-cultural communication, the ability to work across business units, and project management.


Vicki Offland

Programme Manager at InternVietnam (part of Pagoda Projects)


Topics discussed:

The discussion came out as, leaders makes people want to follow them and managers simply manage the people who work for them. Leaders have a tendency to praise success and drive people. You must think of one without the other to truly see the differences that exist between them. Management without leadership controls resources to maintain the status quo or ensure things happen according to already-established plans. During the webinar, we discussed and suggested proposals on how to help people achieve their goal by managing them.

Paul Smith

This latest webinar covers the importance of why we should differentiate them from one another.

Top quotes:

‘’Recruiting people that have got real talent and not being able to afraid to have someone who can do the job better than you has a lot of benefits.’’ – Paul Smith

‘’People should look at it the other way round and recruit somebody that can replace them.’’ – Paul Smith

‘’It is that psychological area where leadership is pushing really hard to make sure that people who work from home don’t feel isolated and are part of a team.’’ – Philip Chang

Leadership
Conclusions

Managers execute, and leaders lead.

So many people find themselves managing people but not leading- because to effectively guide your team on any difficult path, people should feel empowered by you. This comes from both leading your team and managing your own  professional development well.

Golden tip:

‘’ Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” —Warren Bennis’

Further readings:  Leadership and management by Next Generation

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How to sharpen your 4 soft skills with Pagoda internships

What are soft skills?

Soft skills are the more intangible and non-technical abilities that are sought from candidates.

soft skills
Why are soft skills important?

Every recruiter identifies the candidates as the new leaders and soft skills are expected just as much as technical skills. Employers value soft skills because they enable people to function and thrive in teams and organisations as a whole. A healthy organisation needs space where relationships based on trust can grow and to trust each other, employees need to have good communication, teamwork and leadership skills.

So what are the top soft skills that you will improve during your internship with Pagoda Projects?


Communication skills
Communication

Communication is one of the most important soft skills because it is the bridge between a client and a product. No matter which sector you want to become an expert in, if you don’t have clear communication skills, there is a possibility that your achievements will be limited.

The first thing you know is that to communicate, you should always listen first. Good listeners always have better ways of paying attention and reaching the solution faster. With verbal and non-verbal skills, although they are both categorised with the same importance, verbal communication builds more productive relationships. Today’s businesses run online so we also need to work on our non-verbal communication skills, an easy example of this is when we use email marketing, we need to use the right language to attract an audience.

During your internship with Pagoda Projects, you’ll practice communication with your supervisor and teammates as well as your cultural mentor, fellow participants and the Pagoda team! Through this, you’ll improve not only your communication skills but your intercultural communication skills also.


Leadership
Laedership

Leadership is a vital skill to have when entering the graduate job market and something all employers will be looking for.

Being a good leader proves that we also have good decision-making skills as well as communication, self-motivation and organisation skills! Remember, you can practice these skills on all projects, however big or small, and all experience is.. experience!


Problem-solving
Problem-solving

Problem-solving is the process of observing what is going on in your environment, identifying things that could be changed or improved and diagnosing why the current state is the way it is and the factors and forces that influence it.

During an internship, both in-person and remote, you’re sure to come face-to-face with challenges and problems. You’ll be able to improve your problem-solving skills with the support of your supervisor and Pagoda team to practice this is real-time through real business situations.


Decision-making skills
Desicion making skills

Decision-making skills show your ability to process information and assess the best option whilst taking responsibility and showing awareness. Overall, it’s important to identify processes that help you make the right decision on behalf of the organisation and make a concerted effort to uncover biases that may affect the outcome of it.


Overall, completing a Pagoda Projects internship will provide you with the soft skills needed to combat all aspects of your life, not only in business. You will be supported throughout your programme and after to ensure you get the most from this amazing opportunity! 

Golden Tip

“It is not the strongest or most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” – Charles Darwin, scientist

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Benefits of Doing Remote Internships with Pagoda Projects

Due to Covid-19 almost every sector has been affected, with education being impacted greatly. Although staying at home can initially sound a bit frustrating, thanks to Pagoda remote internships, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make the most out of it.

Through our remote internship platform, remote interns have spent their summer months communicating within their growing network, interacting with internationally based colleagues and building on their current skillset. Through virtual meetings and online classes, working from home and remote internships have become extremely popular and this growing popularity is not only due to this being a much safer option, but by far a more comfortable option!

Workspace view

For most of us, spending the extra 3-4 hours getting ready for work and using public transport every day can become a huge slog, taking up a large part of our days, so a remote experience gives the perfect opportunity to stay home and intern from home. The hot topic of ‘remote working’ and the ability to use digital tools effectively is only growing and it is becoming an ever-important skill to have and the online sessions with guest speakers, cultural mentor scheme and online language classes that are on offer during a Pagoda remote programme are allowing us to gain these skills.  

The reputation of internships is constantly evolving, and these remote opportunities are increasing in popularity and worth due to the barriers being much smaller than in-person programmes and the international business world is much more accessible.

Workout

Why you should experience a remote internship?

The first thing to consider when it comes to remote interning is your ideal work environment and how you get the most out of your productivity and there are so many benefits to remote programmes that make this the ideal opportunity.

The Pagoda Projects team were amazing throughout the internship and I always felt that if I ever needed anything they were always their to help me. -Miles Vellozzo, Remote intern in Qingdao

The 8 Key Benefits of a Pagoda Remote Internship

1- No Commute
No commute

How much time do you spend on getting ready and going to work? On an average day, it can take 2-3 hours from waking up to arriving at work which works against your daily productivity. With remote internships, you can have a structured schedule with no time wasted on the metro or city bus and the minutes of your working day are controlled by you and your daily tasks.


2- The Perfect Workspace
The Perfect Workspace

Of course, with in-person internships, you’ll always have your desk space, however, during a busy day, it isn’t always likely that you’ll be able to enjoy this space. With a remote internship, you’ll never have to leave your comfort zone if you have a stable internet connection; it can be anywhere you like, somewhere you’ve been inspired to work even. Our current Pagoda intern loves to sit on her balcony and enjoy a cup of tea and the cool breeze whilst remote working on a hot summer day.


3- Gain Competency Skills
Gain Compentancy Skills

In today’s working world, when looking at your CV, companies will now always look at your digital skills. From video editing to digital marketing and online networking, a Pagoda remote internship allows you to practice each of these skills separately to find your strengths and learn the basics of a variety of skills. You’ll also have access to our skills courses focusing on intercultural communication, employability and digital competency, everything you need when preparing for the working world. What’s more, you’ll receive a certificate on completion to shout about!


Experience a New Culture
4- Experience a New Culture

An in-person programme limits your new connections to just one area but during your remote internship, you’ll chat with your manager in China through an online conference without even leaving your room. On top of this, you’ll take part in the cultural mentor programme which allows you to exchange cultural knowledge with your personal cultural mentor; from this, you’ll learn even more about our host company’s culture and country and make a new friend outside of your professional network.


5- Join Our Global Network
Join our Global Network

We all know networking can do wonders for opening opportunities and remote internships allow you to network through online events including Q&A sessions and workshops with guest speakers to social events such as cooking classes and quizzes.


6- APP based – Carry your Internship in your Pocket
APP based - Carry your Internship in your Pocket

Another benefit that Pagoda Projects provides is a mobile app. This means you have access to communications and resources not just from your laptop but also from your phone. You can sign up for your next cultural mentorship session, our online events and join personal development groups that take place on the app, such as leadership, cultural mentorship, problem-solving and much more… It’s so easy to use!


7- Internship with Trusted Companies
Internship with Trusted Companies

Pagoda Projects not only provides you with an internship, but we also provide the best internship to fit your skills, interest and studies. There is no limit on sectors which gives participants the perfect opportunity to improve themselves or gain experience in a brand-new field. This also allows you to move out of your comfort zone and begin something new!


Personalised Support from The Pagoda Team
8- Personalised Support from The Pagoda Team

Our team is focused on providing the best experience for you. During every step of your application, our team members will provide the assistance you need to ensure we find the perfect placement for you. With a remote internship it can be very tricky when applying as you won’t meet your company face-to-face but thanks to Pagoda, we will build the bridge between the participant and the host company.

All the members have been very useful and are easy to contact. They have also been very good at engaging us in other activities, both educational and social activities! -Andrae Fegalquin, Remote intern in Qingdao

The management was great, all the staff were wonderful to talk to and very supportive. -Arlin Mathew, Remote intern in HCMC

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Golden tip

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity!

Internship Experience

Ali Narlioglu in Taipei

My Pagoda Story

My name is Ali. I’m studying Computer Science at City University London. I’ve been in Taipei for 12 months. My internship lasted for 12 months, and it was focused on the Technology sector.

Ali

What were your tasks and responsibilities?

I worked at UKEAS group as a Full Stack Intern Web Developer. I had to get familiar with their technology stack in addition to helping achieve their strategic goals. I participated in developing functional requirements for the production stage of the website. Furthermore, I helped to manage the web server along with their cloud. I have learnt many things working at UKEAS. It has been a fulfilling experience and I have met some great people!

Did you enjoy your time in Taipei?

I had a great time in Taipei. I went on many trips around Taiwan with friends, from scootering through the coast to snorkeling on an island near the western coast. I met some amazing locals who even treated us. The locals in Taiwan are super friendly and accommodating. Furthermore, Pagoda Projects also organised trips and weekly dinners. It was enjoyable and fun. The lantern festival in February was especially breath-taking.

Ali in Taipei

Final thought?

I had an amazing time in Taipei. It’s a life-changing experience, and I recommend it to everyone!

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Global Sports Brand – Hummel

Thursday, 13th August 2020, we hosted a fantastic event: Fireside Chat with Global Sports Brand – Hummel

Introduction of the event

Founded in 1923, Hummel is a Danish footwear and sportswear brand with deep roots in football and handball. Hummel is one of the oldest, most dedicated team sport brands in the business.

It is amazing to discuss and learn how businesses have reacted through a global pandemic and it’s been inspiring listening to their strategies and future plans during and after Covid-19.

”The key during the pandemic is to make sure that we stay with our key partners Because you can’t expect to gain new business during this period  because a lot of key accounts are pushing back and cancelling orders … the most important is to keep the head above water.”  Liam O’Dwyer

Liam O’Dwyer – Hummel UK Country Sales Manager, is now dedicated to improving his success and becoming a role model for the younger generation.


Stephen Mckiernan – Hummel UK Country Sales Manager, a highly determined, conscientious, and commercially-minded sales professional with a proven ability to deliver superior results within the wholesale fashion industry.


Moderator of Pagoda Projects:

Jamie Bettles – Pagoda Projects Managing Director


Topic discussed

This webinar covered a variety of topics. We heard about Hummel’s key strategy of ensuring they stay with their key partners during this period as you can’t expect to gain new business right now due to a lot of key accounts pushing back and cancelling orders. We observed that the Covid situation has had both positive and negative effects as well as how important marketing is to a company and the challenges of establishing the brand in UK.

Top quotes:

‘’You have to find a gap that’s the most important, something that is not out there already or you have to be an entrepreneur in the fact and see the bigger picture on things… just go for it and if you fail it’s not the end of the world you do it again or you win’’ – Liam O’Dwyer

‘’The marketing side is something that is important to any business and it’s something I feel that we haven’t quite got involved at the moment’’ – Stephen Mc Kiernan

‘’ The main challenge is how to build the brand and build the exposure (from the different channels on social media) because it wasn’t there initially.’’ – Liam O’Dwyer

Conclusions

Any Company, any factor, any organization seeks to achieve success but to achieve the success hard work comes first which Hummel proved that with their success.

Being on Top requires, Team work ,Time management, Responsibility and Hummel discussed and gave tips about all three of these skills during our Webinar. What the companies should focus on is what they  need, Recognition, Higher Sales Records, Managements? The bottom line of the marketing is knowing your customer and provide them what they need. That’ s a win!

Golden Tip

Anybody who’s starting his business from scratch is very brave, it’s all about having the believe on what you do and having a positive strength.

Remote Working
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NEWS: 50 UK Graduates Benefit From Global Internships via Innovative Online Platform

Pagoda Projects have secured a grant from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to develop their online internship programme. Pagoda have developed their tech platform in collaboration with Manchester neighbours Padoq and are able to offer top overseas internship opportunities to 50 recent UK graduates. Internships take place with companies in Greater China, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the UK.Many recent grads who were due to take part in Pagoda’s award-winning internships in China, were given the opportunity to apply for this innovative online internship to boost their job prospects in one of the most challenging graduate job markets of all time. Pagoda have opened this programme up to grads who had planned to undertake internships in China under the British Council’s Generation UK campaign but have been unable to travel due to the pandemic.Alongside internships which begin in September 2020, participants will benefit from online events, resources, coaching and a cultural mentorship initiative. Graduates will also benefit from insights from LinkedIn Learning.

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Pagoda Projects founder Jamie Bettles says that “The grant will be a real game-changer as we build a programme which benefits all of our stakeholders: Graduates, businesses, universities, communities and our growing team. The collaboration with Padoq is particularly exciting as we both continue to scale our businesses.” Hannah Silverleaf, Outward Mobility Manager from British Council China commented “We’d like to congratulate Pagoda Projects on being awarded this grant from Innovate UK, which will provide a fantastic opportunity for young people to still gain valuable experiences and support in a challenging jobs market.”For further information please reach out to Jamie Bettles, Managing Director by email at jamie.bettles@pagodaprojects.com or by phone at +44 (0) 161 8188824.

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Women in Business – Entrepreneurship

On the 11th of August, we hosted a fantastic event: Women in Business – Entrepreneurship.

Introduction of the event

Even though there has been a lot of progress regarding Women in Business, there’s still a lot to do. According to the statistics, the percentage of women in senior management positions is growing, but there is still a lot of disparity between men and women (Catalyst, Quick Take: Women in Management, August 11, 2020).

“It’s important to think about female leadership on a global scale. In the UK, of course, there are still problems but there are far fewer than our counterparts in the developing world”. Harriett Sheffer


It is always good to hear the perspective of women who are pursuing their dreams and achieving great goals.

It has been insightful and rewarding listening to the experiences and the thoughts of three truly inspiring female entrepreneur guest-speakers:

Adina Deacu

Adina Deacu – Environmental Psychologist at “Tianmei’s World” Environmental Psychology Consultancy. She is now on a mission to change how people view education and turn the world into one big classroom through all the research projects and workshops she designs and delivers.


Harriett Sheffer

Harriett Sheffer – Founder and Design Director at Studio Hu. She is a design strategist that seeks to bridge the gap between strategy conceived and strategy executed. She is passionate about new frontier start-up environments, community building, and is the Co-Founder and Program Director of the Chengdu Women in Business Network.


Lydia Jones

Lydia Jones – Founder and CEO at Housemates whose mission it is to make student travel frictionless. She described herself as “obsessed with building products that solve real problems”.


Pauline - Pagoda Projects

Meeting chair of Pagoda Projects:

Pauline Barba, Qingdao Branch Manager.


Topics discussed

The topics of discussion have been many. We heard how diversity makes teams more innovative, as well as what the current trends and challenges of being a woman running a business nowadays are. We listened to how the current global situation has given these women a real opportunity to innovate and test their flexibility as start-ups in their sectors. They also discussed the crisis of leadership and thinking of a new way forward, and even what sets you apart from the competition in your market. On top of this, a hot topic was the importance of building a support network.

Lydia - Women in Business event

Top quotes:

“Entrepreneurship is identifying a problem and thinking about how to provide a better solution to that.” Lydia

“My mission is to surround myself with people who know more than me in all given areas. We all live in a digital world, there are lots of podcasts out there with female founders and it’s how you use the content out there to your advantage. Everything is feedback and it’s having the confidence to go out and speak to people and understanding what to listen to.” – Lydia

“Diversity needs to start from the top level of management. If your board isn’t diverse, I think you’re at a disadvantage.” – Lydia

“For me, what matters, is the ultimate goal that I have and when I couldn’t find a platform for the problems I wanted to solve, I created one.” – Adina

“Diversity moves things forward and it’s about that curiosity and wanting to know what other people think as this is what gives you personal growth. For anyone, a willingness to grow is a mandatory part and if you’re not willing to grow, you can’t go very far, and diversity gives you that. People are afraid of diversity and disagreements… I’m happy to see younger generations are trying to break out of that and it’s great to have companies like Pagoda Projects who are trying to do this.” – Adina

“Having women on your board, they represent over half of the world, leading you to see industries that you haven’t seen before.” – Harriett

“Not just for women but for everybody, the disadvantage comes early on in our confidence. As young people in an increasingly weird workplace, always be positive and confident and take every opportunity you can. You will learn something from everything you do and don’t be put off by doing things that don’t sound like ‘what you thought you’d do’.” – Harriett

Adina - Women in Business event

Conclusions

Sometimes the drive to achieve goals comes from a strong will, from a lack of resources in the current market, or from the need to find a solution to a question.

Entrepreneurship is a challenge that leads to personal and professional growth and allows you to gain versatile skills that can be applied to many types of jobs. It means having decision-making autonomy but also critical thinking and relying on those who know more than you in certain fields. It is also about making the most of the worst situations and demonstrating flexibility and agility by turning a period of crisis into opportunity.

What matters is to grasp the lessons from all experiences however big or small, never stop at the first result, and always look for improvements. Furthermore, what is a huge plus in a company is diversity. It is vital, as it brings competitive advantage and it gives the opportunity to see things from different perspectives and to have challenging conversations that lead to innovation.

Harriett - Women in Business event

Golden Tip

 With a will, commitment and passion you can go anywhere!

Further readings: Women in Business – 2020 Trends, by Guidant Financial.

Internship Experience, Vietnam

Sharukaa Uthayasekaran’s remote internship

If you’re thinking of completing a remote internship, it’s always best to hear from like-minded peers who have already had the opportunity to experience a remote internship firsthand.

Sharukaa Uthayasekaran, a Pagoda Projects alumni, is from the UK and has just completed a remote internship as a research and development intern with our host company CL2B, based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 

It’s a pleasure to see young professionals being provided with a programme that goes beyond work experience and allows people to network, understand a new culture, share experiences, and gain expert knowledge.

About the internship

My internship experience at CL2B, a Circular Economy consulting firm in Southeast Asia, Vietnam was a great opportunity to understand the daily process of how targeted services were provided for each individual client and the various projects that were undertaken. I applied for this internship with the support of the Pagoda team as they acknowledged that with a particular interest in Material sciences, I would be able to benefit from interning at a consulting firm with a key focus on environmental impact measurement and evaluating material perspectives.

Vietnam

My tasks

CL2B have provided me with the unique opportunity of being part of a consulting firm where I worked on a plastic recycling project even though my studies of Chemistry had only provided me with a basic knowledge of environmental and material science. My tasks were predominantly based on conducting research for the firm on specific recycling methods and looking at the technologies currently available in Europe and expanding it to the market in Asia, particularly Vietnam. The study focussed on analysing potential key challenges faced by NGOs with regards to Chemical recycling and finding a circular solution to this issue. Through regular meetings with members of the team, I gained insight into how technical, economical and legal cases were processed and what projects were then implemented to further develop an existing problem.

Internship workspace
Sharukaa’s workspace

Final feedback

This remote internship was an enriching experience and the skills I have developed through this placement, such as communicating on various platforms as well as both independent and collaborative work across different time zones, have been invaluable and will certainly influence my future professional career. Additionally, the programme organised by the Pagoda team in conjunction with my internship was beneficial as it provided opportunities for networking and meeting people, both professional and old alumni, who had interesting experiences to share.

Sharukaa Uthayasekaran, Cardiff University

Remote internship
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Improving your remote working – Guidance

Remote working has become more and more popular these years, especially during the pandemic (in 2020, in case you read this blog in 3030). And, you may have the possibility of working from home, or maybe an internship remotely. In any case, here, we have some advice for you to be more effective for your next remote working experience!

Remote internship - your office
Which organisation is the best?

1 Get your remote office

  • Try to allocate a specific place in your house to work. Ideally, somewhere calm that you can leave at the end of your workday. Avoid working in the middle of your living room or even worse, in your bed.
  • While working from home make sure to finish off on time. Just because you are working from home, it doesn’t mean that you’re available 24/7!

2 Stay organised

  • Working from home, without someone telling you what to do, when to do it, can be difficult. Establish your strategy and plan your daily schedule: Breaks, deep working sessions, allocate time for your tasks and projects, and do not forget to exercise!
  • Prioritize your tasks: the fewer switches in a day, the more effective you’ll be. Better to start with the more urgent and high demanding tasks. Fix yourself daily or weekly goals on longer projects to keep continuing rather than hurrying in the last week.

3 Stay focused

  • Deep working can also be a good way to stay focused! Let your colleagues know that you will not be reachable for an hour or two. That you’ll check their messages after, to avoid being distracted. This is also a great way to let others know what you’re focusing on. Doing so, they know where you are in your work.
  • Do not wait to ask for help or express your struggles. The earlier the better, this principle works as much when you’re in the office as at home.
Remote working - Stay focused

4 Stay connected

  • Especially with your coworkers, not only for work matters but also for social interactions. Chatting with your coworkers is also part of the experience! It will definitely help you to not feel isolated.
  • Communication is not only sending emails. It’s necessary to replicate in-person communication even when there are thousands of kilometers between you and colleagues, try Whatsapp, Zoom,Skype. Why not have a lunch break together on skype? 

5 Keep Networking

  • Join Webinars & online events
  • Have weekly meetings with your teammates
  • Search for online/real events outside of work (Meetup.com) that can be related to your career objectives, acquiring knowledge, … Or, just joining people with some common interests like drawing, movies, or language exchange meetings!

The experience of our PP interns!

How has been your experience as a remote intern so far?

remote intern Rebecca

When I started I didn’t know what was expected of me, but I have to say that so far it has been a great experience! Even though you have to be very independent and plan your daily schedule very well, working remotely also allows you to be less stressed and to be able to interact and work with people placed in different countries. That’s a side of the remote working that I love!

Rebecca

What was the most challenging part of your remote internship?

Reote intern Taha

The most challenging part of my remote internship is loneliness, even if I like working in autonomy I think that as a human we all need to have real interactions and it might be hard sometimes because you are alone. Even though we communicate a lot with my colleagues and people I’m working with, I think it’s not the same as having face-to-face interactions with them and you can’t see them.

Taha

Remote intern Marcela

One of the most challenging things about being a remote intern was, for me, being located in Mexico when the rest of the team were in Asia or Europe, so sometimes in the afternoon, if I didn’t know how to do something or I had a lot of questions then I couldn’t ask. So I would ask them but I had to wait until the next day for them to reply because it was really late for them. And even though sometimes they would just go out of their schedule and reply to me at 12 or 1am, it would not always be the case so my work was slowed down a little bit but during the time we were on the same schedule, the morning for me and the evening for them, they were always asking me if I needed any more help. They were great, it was just the afternoon period that I had to kind of like learn how to do things by myself sometimes. But other than that, they were amazing.

Marcela

What is the main advantage of your remote internship?

Taha

One of the main advantages of working from home is that you get a better life balance, it’s a great opportunity to blend your personal and professional life as I’m living with my family, I can spend more time with them whether it’s for breakfast or lunch. I see them more often which is something really nice! Another great advantage is that you don’t have to spend time on transportation or being stuck in traffic – you don’t need to think about it anymore. There’s no stress and you are saving your money and your time as well. You can get extra time sleeping in the morning, or having more time for breakfast

Taha

Marcela

One of the advantages of working remotely, for me, was definitely that I didn’t have to wake 1h30 earlier to get to work. If people know Mexico City, it’s the city with the most traffic in the world! It would take me an hour to get to work. No gas expenses, no car expenses, so definitely that expense went down. Then I was able to sleep a little bit longer and be more ready to start working. I was also able to just pause every like one to two hours to walk around, grab a coffee, grab a snack and then get back to work. And I was able to get a schedule, that I was always starting at 9 in the morning, around 2pm I would eat lunch and then do exercise and then get back to work. Because that lunch and exercise period was 2h30 so I was able to clear my mind and by the time I got back to work, I was ready to start again and it’s been great for me. I love working remotely, and I would definitely want to work remotely again.

Marcela

Do you think working from home helped you develop different skills from office working?

Leslie

I’d say autonomy and organisation. Because, there is no one behind you to remind you what you should be doing every single time, basically. You’re not in the office. So yeah…
Maybe also confidence because after sending 10 questions to your mentors you may not want to bother them with simple things so you just end up searching for answers or trying your own way and sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. But it doesn’t matter because if it doesn’t work then you just learn so it’s nice too.

Leslie

What is your advice for future interns?

Rebecca

One thing that I learned while working from home and that I’d like to give as advice for future interns is that you don’t need to be afraid to ask questions. This is very important because communication is crucial in working remotely; there needs to be very good communication between colleagues to work efficiently.

If you are new in a company, it’s normal that you don’t know many things, so don’t be afraid to ask for advice, to ask for suggestions, to ask questions, because people are willing to help and they really want you to fit well into the company. So never be afraid to introduce yourself and reach out when you need it. No need to struggle, you just need to ask, like if you were there on-place. They may be busy sometimes or not able to answer your questions at first, but just be patient and you’ll see that your job is going to be way easier.

Rebecca

Will you look for other remote working opportunities?

Leslie

Definitely yes! I’m graduating in Foreign Languages and International Trade, so I was and will be looking for internships abroad basically. But, with the current pandemic, it was almost impossible to find as it was almost impossible to travel. So, remote internships are, in my opinion, the easiest way now to get a job with a foreign company, to work with people from other countries. So yes! 
And also, it’s really convenient, I’m living in the countryside so I don’t have to commute to the nearest city every day. I used to commute to go to uni and it almost took me three hours per day so working from home is really nice!

Leslie

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InternVietnam’s Guide to Saigon

When you travel somewhere new for the first time you can always feel a little bit ‘lost’ as you don’t know where anything is; the gym, the supermarket, the money exchange etc.. Whilst it is quite easy to find most things using the power of Google and Google Maps, sometimes you may be looking for something quite specific or uncommon; like a printing shop or a church.

We hope our ‘Saved Places’ will make it much easier and quicker for you to settle in during your first week in Vietnam!THE ESSENTIALS

Supermarkets – probably the first question we get asked is “Where is the closest supermarket to my accommodation”. Convenience stores are on every corner but to do I larger grocery shop you may need to head somewhere bigger with more choice. Click here to find a selection across the city.
Gyms & Fitness Locations – the second question we usually get asked is “Where is the closest gym to my apartment or work”. Have no fear – we have saved a huge variety of work out places on this list for you discover and keep fit whilst you are away.
Entertainment (Cinemas, Bowling etc.) – for a chilled out social occasion bowling alleys, cinemas, Go Karting, VR Arcade etc.
Services – need to find a money exchange, printer, passport photo etc. this should help
Places of Worship – if you are looking to continue religious practice in Vietnam
Health & Beauty – Spas, nail parlours, hair salons etc.

FOOD

From the Food Tour – After you’ve experienced the food tour you may want to go back again – here are all the addresses.
BBQ
Vegetarian Restaurants
Halal Restaurants
Vietnamese Restaurants

DRINK

Non-chain Coffee Shops – the fun and unique quieter ones that are off the beaten track from the chain shops
Rooftop Bars – A more expensive drink but with a view of the city above.
Craft Beer – Saigon has a lot of options for locally brewed craft beer.

If you find something in Vietnam you think we’re missing on here – then let us know!

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