I’m writing this blog in the Dublin airport to sadly head back to Pittsburgh. I thoroughly enjoyed my time on this program and I wish I still had more time to visit companies, interact with the Irish people and spend more time with my friends that I’ve made on this trip. I’ve learned a lot in the two weeks while on this program that I know will take with me for the rest of my life.
I’ve learned to deal with the unexpected. Every flight, except the first flight from Pittsburgh, that we took on our journey was delayed or cancelled. Our group was unexpectedly stuck in Charlotte, North Carolina for a few days. At first, it was disappointing to miss three days in Dublin, but it soon turned into an extra opportunity. Not only was our group able to spend time to get to know each other and explore a new city, but we also visited an extra company. Thanks to Liz and Chris we had the opportunity to learn about Charlotte on a bus tour and tour Bank of America with a recruiter. In the future, when I have something unexpected happen to me like this cancelled flight, I am going to try to make the most out of any seemingly negative situation.
This trip was packed with visits to many different companies. One thing I took away was the importance of good questions. Some of the companies that we went to were centered around Q&A. It’s important to research the company and country and think of questions that can provoke meaningful answers that will benefit your learning. It was an incredible experience to have conversations with employees from all around the world. I gained confidence in talking in a professional setting.
There are so many people that I’ve experienced at every company that are extremely helpful and caring. Everyone that we visited was happy to answer any question and wished us the best of luck in the future. I’ve learned how valuable to not be afraid to ask questions, to be curious make connections even if you do not want to work at their specific company.
It was incredible to tour large companies like Microsoft and Google and walk through their offices. They had offices for different types of languages filled with people from all around the world. The world is so small and I’ve truly realized opportunities around the world are endless! Many of the employees that we talked to mentioned books that they’ve read and new things they are learning. The CTO at Eaton reads many different types of books every day about innovation and he also stressed the importance of keeping up to date with the news. This inspired me to research more about different jobs I could potentially pursue, read more books about successful people and always stay curious about the world around me.
I don’t know if I’ll be back in Ireland but it could definitely be a possibility. I visited my brother in Ireland a two years ago for only a couple of days. When I first visited him, I did not get a chance to explore what Ireland has to offer. This trip showed me how important it is to interact with the citizens of the country. The site visits showed me an inside look at the Irish culture and how the Irish people do business. The tour of Croke Park emphasized Irish history and the pride the Irish have. I began to really appreciate Ireland after all of these experiences in Ireland. I never thought I would be back in Ireland but this trip showed me that it is possible because you never know what opportunities could bring you back, especially with the many global headquarters that are located in Ireland.
I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to go on this study abroad trip. I’ve learned many invaluable things that I definitely could not have learned in the classroom. Thank you, Liz and Chris, for the support throughout the trip and making my experience even better when things went wrong. I also want to thank the other students on this trip. They all made the most out of the trip and I’m looking forward to seeing them in the fall. And of course, thank you to my parents for supporting me in everything I do.
Thanks to everyone reading this blog. The Plus3 Ireland blog is sadly over but I am not done blogging this summer! I am going to Sydney, Australia for another study abroad where I will be taking a business class and completing a marketing internship. I am looking forward to implementing what I’ve learned on this trip at this next opportunity. See you on my next blog!