My Work Experience at Almond Vocational Link in Plymouth, UK – Ance Fedorova

Ance Latvia Erasmus Plus KA1 Mobility Work Experience in Plymouth UKOur Latvian student – Ance arrived to Plymouth in early February 2015 in order to take part in a 9 week Erasmus+ KA1 mobility work experience placement. She is currently in her final year studying Communication Management and International Relations and hopes to become an Erasmus+ Project Coordinator in the future. Apart from being native Latvian speaker, Ance can also communicate in English, Russian, Greek and French. After reading her CV, we were in no doubt that Ance would make a perfect intern here at Almond Vocational Link where we could share our experience in project management with her.

Needless to say, we were extremely impressed with Ance’s professional and positive attitude, attention to detail, diplomacy and efficiency. During her work experience with us, she had a chance to undertake a wide variety of tasks all connected to running a successful international business. We would  like to take this opportunity to thank you Ance for all of your hard work and dedication, you truly have a very bright future ahead of you.

Here is what Ance had to say about her time in Plymouth in English and Latvian:

 

My experience at Almond Vocational Link 

 

Ance - Almond Vocational Link Erasmus Plus student from Latvia in Plymouth UKAlthough I was only here for just short two and a half months, I fell in love with Plymouth and Almond Vocational Link. Plymouth is a charming city, filled with wonderfully warm and welcoming people, and it definitely doesn’t hurt that it’s located on the coastline, the views are amazing. On a warm sunny day (that isn’t too many in the winter) you can enjoy a walk by the coastline and a cup of coffee sitting in the grass overlooking the ocean. But if nature is not your thing, no worries the city has a lot to offer from a large variety of shops, to spend most of your scholarship, to a great nightlife, were everyone can find something for themselves.

Although Plymouth is a great city, even greater was my work experience placement. My University major is communication management with a specialty in international relations, and there couldn’t be a more suiting placement then Almond Vocational Link for me. How often can you find a company where every single employee is from a different country? My guess is not that often. And what’s more they all care. But that’s not just it, you get to learn from multiple cultures at once. You get to hear and learn from stories, and situations from all over the world. Almond is proud to call them self’s a professional company, and they should because they definitely are. Every detail is worked on thoroughly before you arrive and then it’s just you who needs to work towards a good experience.

It all sound good, doesn’t it? You must think what the catch is by now. But the catch is the fact that everything is good if you can see it in the small things that surround you. I’ve tried to sell you on Plymouth and Almond Vocational Link, and I hope it’s working, but there is definitely one more thing that should be recognised- host families. Almond provides a host family accommodation, and honestly it was the only thing I was worried about before coming here. Most of us students have been living on our own and are used to being independent, and the fact that now you’ll be living in a strangers home truly scared me more than the fact of going and working in a different country. But now I can say that it’s the greatest experience you can get. Maybe I’m just lucky and the pairing with my host family was perfect, but now I can truly say that I wouldn’t change a thing. My host family has turned into my support system and they will always be a part of my life, as cheesy as that sounds, they really are great people and are the backbone to my whole experience here.

To sum up, if your contemplating choosing Almond as your practice placement provider, don’t think about it twice, they will do whatever is in there power for you to have a great experience and the rest is on your shoulders, though Almond will always be there to give you a helping hand.

Ance

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Mana pieredze esot praksē Almond Vocational Link

 

Ance  Almond Vocational Link Certifcate Erasmus Plus KA1 Work Experience Plymouth UKLai gan praksē biju divus ar pus mēnešus Plimuta un A lmond panāca, ka tajās iemīlos. Plimuta ir burvīga pilsēta, pilna ar lieliskiem, siltiem un atvērtiem cilvēkiem un fakts, ka tā atrodas pie okeāna piekrastes noteikti nepasliktina pieredzi Plimutā. Siltā, saulainā dienā (kuru nav pārāk daudz), jūs varat baudīt pastaigas gar piekrasti un baudot tasi kafijas, sēžot zālē baudīt skatu uz okeānu. Bet, ja daba nav jūsu lieta, neuztraucieties pilsētai ir daudz, ko piedāvāt no visdažādākajiem veikaliem, kuros atstāt lielāko daļu savu stipendiju, straujas naktsdzīves, ikviens var atrast kaut ko priekš sevis.

Kaut Plimuta ir lieliska pilsēta, vēl labāka ir mana prakses vieta. Es studēju komunikācijas vadību ar specializāciju starptautiskajās attiecībās un noteikti nav iespējams piemeklēt vēl perfetāku prakses vietu kā Almond, kas arī ir viņu tiešā darbība(prakses vietu nodrošinājums). Cik bieži jūs varat atrast kādu uzņēmumu, kurā katrs darbinieks ir no citas valsts? Es domāju , ka ne tik bieži. Un kas ir vēl svarīgāk viņiem rūp. Bet arī ne tas ir pats svarīgākais, sava ikdienā varat mācīties vienlaikus no vairakām kultūram un personībām ar pilnīgi dažādām dzīves uztverēm. Almond ir lepni sevi saukt par profesionālu uzņēmumu un viņi noteikti ir pilnvērtīgi to darīt, jo viņi tādi ir. Katra detaļa jūsu prakses pieredzē ir atstrādāta pirms jūsu ierašanās un jums atliek vien pielikt no sevis vēlmi strādat pie labas darba pieredzes.

Līdz šim viss izklausās labi, vai ne? Jūs pārmāc doma pa to, kur slēpjas āķis. Bet āķis slēpjas tajā, ka viss ir patiesi labi, ja esat spējīgi saskatīt labās lietas sev apkārt. Esmu mēiģinājusi jūs pārliecināt par Plimutas un Almond labajām īpašībām, bet ir vēlviena patiesi svarīga manas pieredzes sastāvdaļa kura noteikti jāpiemin un ta ir- host ģimenes. Almond nodrošina naktsmītnes host ģimenēs, un ja godīgi tas bija vienīgais aspekts par kuru uztraucos pirms atbraukšanas. Lielakā daļa no mums studentiem ir pieraduši dzīvot patstāvīgu dzīvi, un fakts, ka tagad būs jādzīvo svešu cilvēku ģimenē baidīja mani vairāk nekā došanās uz citu valsti un prakse svešā valodā. Bet tagad viennozīmīgi varu apgalvot, ka tā ir lieliskākā pieredze, ko gūt. Varbūt man tikai paveicās un mana host ģimene ir fantastiska un tieši piemērota man, bet tagad noteikti varu apgalvot , ka ja visu vaidzētu sākt no jauna neko nemainītu. Mana host ģimene ķļuva par manu atbalstu un viņi būs daļa no manas dzīves. Viņi ir patiesi ir lieliski cilveki un ir pamatvērtība kādēļ esmu tik apmierināta ar savu pieredzi šeit.

Nobeigumā, ja apsverat izmantot Almond kā prakses vietas nodrošinātāju, neuztraucieties un paļaujieties uz viņu spējām. Almond Vocational Link Ltd darīs visu, kas viņu spējās, lai jūsu pieredze būtu neaizmirstama un atlikušais ir uz jūsu pleciem, lai ar Almond būs vienmēr blakus, lai palīdzetu.

Ance