Work experience abroad

During their IBMA traineeships, Lennart and Ismail participated in a three-week internship in Dublin, organised by their vocational training college in Bünde. 

International work experience in Dublin

Hi Everyone, our names are Ismail and Lennart. We are currently both doing IBMA traineeships (industrial business management assistant - Industriekaufmann) at steute. Ismail is in his first year, Lennart in his second. Recently we both completed a three-week internship in the Irish capital Dublin. This internship was organised by our vocational training college, the Erich-Gutenberg-Berufskolleg in Bünde and funded in part by steute.

The ADC College

Our work experience began with a one-week language course at the ADC College in the heart of Dublin. Following a one-hour presentation about the work experience programme in general, as well as some points of interest in and around Dublin, we started our English lessons. James, our teacher in Dublin, told us about some Irish traditions and taught us some important words for everyday use. He was very Irish and very entertaining.

Our internships

After a good first week at the ADC College, the main part of our internship began. We went to companies in Dublin and learned new ways of working and some new work processes.

Ismail visited the solicitors' office Michael Kelleher Solicitors, which is specialised in employment law, criminal law and immigration law. In the second week he was allowed to visit the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) every day from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in order to follow court proceedings.

Lennart completed his work experience at the company "Alldus", which is specialised in the complex field of AI. There his tasks included making a book into an E-book and creating an online course for people interested in AI. What he liked best about his internship was the company's policy of having very flexible working conditions.  

Leisure activities

Especially during the first week of our work experience, we had a lot of free time and used it to explore Dublin and the surrounding area. We walked through the Gallery of Ireland, for example, and were amazed by the huge and very beautiful pictures, all painted in Ireland between 1650 and the present day. That first week we also visited St. Stephen‘s Green Park and Dublin city centre. At the weekends we drove to Brey, Moher and Howth, where we saw stunning cliffs and the very varied flora and fauna of Ireland. In the evenings we usually met the other trainees in one of the many cosy and original pubs or in a restaurant.

Wish to return

We enjoyed our stay in Dublin very much, and we both wish to return. The deep insights we gained into working methods which until then had been alien to us gave us the opportunity to view problems and approach issues differently. We were able to develop our skills further, not only linguistically, but also professionally and interpersonally. The many new friends we made rounded off our internship in Dublin perfectly, making it a truly unique experience.