Working in England
This article belongs to Life in Britain column.
When I was a student in
After living in
Now, this was very exciting; this was my first proper job interview in a foreign country. When I got there, I had to do a test at the computer. Afterwards all applicants had to attend an interview for about 15 minutes. There was one woman interviewing me and another girl taking notes. The girl taking notes was actually a student too, and the personnel manager who interviewed me was lovely and even shared my love for
This job gave me the chance to dive deeper into English culture than I ever would have through my studies. I discovered striking differences between English and German work culture. Forgive me, fellow Germans, but in most cases, I actually prefer the English way of doing things. I started out doing data entry work, but as time went on and my employers liked my performance, I started to help creating websites. In the process, I learned HTML and other exciting things to do with the internet. I even was allowed to train other people, and I was constantly given praise for my performance. What's more, when I started out with the job, I was given detailed instructions and even a printed version of them. Whenever I had a question, my colleagues were more than willing to stop what they were doing and give me an explanation. Now, compare this to the usual job experience in
I also liked the very informal atmosphere in the office, and picked up many English slang words there. Some of them aren't suitable to publish here, but I particularly liked the way one colleague used to tell girls that they were beautiful – 'your eyes are like swimming pools'!
Everyone called each other by their first names, and customers usually were addressed the same way. In
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