Institute for International Business

What Past Participants Say

Jenny Carroll

Jenny CarrollDuring my time interning at Universal Pictures in their Pop Vending Department, I worked on a variety of tasks. I compiled weekly sales reports using their online portal system and Excel. I also conducted site surveys to ensure their machines were running properly and the positioning was good. In addition, I did price checks for Universal Titles to see what competitors were charging and compiled them in Excel. I also edited their website to ensure that the information and spelling were correct. I also compiled a weekly Machine Issues Chart to keep record of pop vending machines with problems. Lastly, I answered the Pop Hotline and helped keep track of new business for the pop machines.

I think working abroad was an especially worthwhile experience. It is one thing to study abroad, but working abroad really immerses you in the local culture. By working abroad, I was able to meet Londoners and get the real insight into the city. It was also very interesting to see the different ways my coworkers went about things. At times it seemed very different than the way we would do it in the United States, but it was great to learn a new way of thinking. At first I thought since they spoke English in London, the culture would be very similar to the United States. However, it was actually MUCH different and I really grew to appreciate and respect the cultural differences. I think working in another culture is very important and teaches valuable lessons.

The most valuable aspect of my London experience was gaining confidence and independence. Being immersed in a completely different culture with a new set of friends forces you to step outside your comfort zone and really test yourself. I had to find my way around London, work in a new environment, and figure out where to eat all by myself! At times it was challenging being away from home, but it was very worth it in the end. Going abroad teaches you so much about yourself and helps you to grow as a person.

Living and working abroad taught me so many things that I could not learn at Iowa. Most importantly I think it taught me the importance of being open-minded and flexible. At times being immersed in a new culture was a little overwhelming, but at the end of the day, being in a new culture taught me new ways of thinking and new perspectives. By living in a new culture, you are forced to really think about your own culture and values as well. Sometimes being in another culture further engrains your culture and values into you, and sometimes it makes you stop and think about why you believe the things you do. Having an open mind to other cultures is very valuable and it is something that took me going to another country to really understand.

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