This Applied Languages student is officially two months into her internship at the Frankfurt Office of Euro London Appointments. The aim of this endeavour was to gain some valuable work experience and of course to improve my level of German. While all is thankfully going well in the office, what of my language learning? Has my German improved over the last two months and in my opinion is applying for an internship at Euro London Appointments a worthwhile investment of the language learner’s time?
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After a day of hard work, the only thing you want to do is go home, have some food and put your feet up with a good book or a brain numbing TV show. I would like to use this opportunity to lay out the benefits of doing some sport instead and how it can affect your career in a positive way…
After almost two months of continuous preparations on the part of myself and my fellow intern Lena Müller, our plans finally came to fruition on Thursday last, February 26th, at Waxys Irish Bar, in the form of Euro London Appointments first Stammtisch event of 2015. In an evening of pleasant conversation, riveting quiz questions, wonderful prizes and free food and drink steadily on flow, the event was a huge success, with a turnout of over fifty guests, resulting in the formation of many new friendships as well as the development of strong proximate consultant-candidate relationships.
Proceedings kicked of at 6.30pm, with all guests receiving a name tag in addition to free drinks vouchers upon arrival. Soon after, the quiz was distributed which made for a major talking point of the evening, provoking much discussion within the room and requiring all entrants to place their thinking caps firmly on. After correcting the quizzes, Country Manager Emma Brady called out the answers, during which time the gasps, sighs and laughs of many candidates could be heard in reaction to some of the mind boggling answers to the brain teasing and highly entertaining questions. Prizes were then awarded to the guests who managed to attain the three highest results, with first prize going to an impressive eleven out of fifteen. Guests continued to chat and to network as the evening began to wind down and consultants and candidates alike left the event, content of a fantastic occasion and meeting of minds.
It cannot be denied that the organisation and attendance of my first Stammtisch was an extremely positive endeavour and it is in fact the task and event I have most enjoyed since beginning my internship. I’m already counting down the days to our next Stammtisch and I wish to make it bigger and better than ever! I hope to see you there!
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Margaret O’ Keeffe
Letzte Woche war es endlich soweit: wir haben unseren ersten Stammtisch in diesem Jahr abgehalten! Schon Tage vorher war die Stimmung im Büro freudig gespannt, bei jedem Telefongespräch wurde noch mal auf den Stammtisch hingewiesen. Auch die Mund-zu-Mund-Propaganda war sehr erfolgreich; wir haben doch tatsächlich Anrufe von Leute bekommen, die sich uns an diesem Abend anschließen wollten, um mal – ganz relaxed – herauszufinden, wie das alles bei uns läuft.
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The rest of Europe may jump to the conclusion that it’s la belle vie when it comes to the French working week, with the stereotypes of the 35 hour week and 2 hour lunches. However not all is as it seems, the 35 hour working week is often but words on a contract ignored not by employers but by employees. Many find 35 hours not enough time to get their work done, especially in sales roles where this extra work will mostly relate to extra commission! And as for the lunches you’re more likely to find your staff in McDo than eating at the local bistro with a Coca Light not a glass of wine.
The average French employee works 6.1 hours more than the standard 35 hour ‘myth’ which is less than some of its European neighbours known for their work ethic. However it’s not all about time but also efficiency, as you can see from the 2nd chart people obviously aren’t sat around munching on patisserie all day.
However the French workforce also benefits from some of the best employee protection globally and excellent company benefits such as excellent healthcare, ticket resto and half of all Greater Parisian transport paid for. That means half subsidised lunch (McDo or elsewhere) and a 35 euro (27 GBP) monthly transport cost for the whole of Greater Paris (as of September 2015) as opposed to the £123 – £288 in Greater London.
Alors… The conclusion is France is a country where the workforce work hard and because of that enjoys excellent benefits. If you’ve got the right attitude you can make it in a company and there is definitely money and job satisfaction to be found.
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Language is not simply just a means to an end; it is more than simply just ordering your lunch whether it be on your lunch break from work or on holiday. Language is identity and culture, is has true depth. But with a vast majority of the world tapping into the digitalisation era, languages seem to have been forgotten along the way in many aspects.
Technological infrastructure now dominates our working and private lives and therefore has given a high percentage of the population across the idea that technology can replace interpersonal communication in various languages. Why? Because language technology advances mean it will be possible for people to communicate with each other and do business with each other, even if they don’t speak the same language.
This can lead language learning into dangerous territories causing languages and more specifically minority languages under threat especially as English has been reinforced once again as the lingua franca. A number of these language technologies rely on imprecise statistical approaches that do not make use of deeper linguistic methods, rules and knowledge. Sentences are automatically translated by comparing a new sentence against thousands of sentences previously translated by humans.  Thus leaving minority languages in a danger zone as they have traditionally relied on informal use to survive.
However, nothing can replace the beauty of communication between two people for whatever reason (business related or personal), once a language is perfected by a human. Although inventions over the years are wise, such as Google translate, they can never replace the elegance of real life communication. So don’t allow technology to get to your head, realise you potential and learn a language to help you, your future and your career!
The 15-day celebration of Chinese New Year starts on Friday 31st January. The day marks the end of the year of the water snake and welcomes the start of the year of the wooden horse. The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people’s ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able.
Those that were born in the year of the horse are said to have both strengths and weaknesses according to the Chinese. Some of their great strengths include having ingenious communicating techniques as love to be in the limelight. They are clever, kind to others, and like to join in a venture career. Although they sometimes talk too much, they are cheerful, perceptive, talented, and earthy. They like entertainment and large crowds. They are popular among friends, active at work and refuse to be reconciled to failure. All of the above are some great characteristics to have.
What will the year of the horse bring?
For those born on the year of the horse, they will encounter the Year of Birth (Benming Nian). It is believed they will offend Taisui, the god in charge of fortune, so their finances may fluctuate. In terms of career, it is advised to keep the peace between colleagues.
For those not born on a horse year, the year ahead will bring health and prosperity. It is said to be an excellent time to travel, as the next 12 months will bring good luck. You are advised to mingle with the locals, savour authentic cuisine and discover somewhere you have never been before.