My nine month internship experience in Appconomy helped me a lot to learn American culture and how to work with American colleagues. It has also made a great influence on my career life.
I worked as a development engineer when I had my internship in Appconomy. At that time our company developed an APP focus on B2C, in order to improve the loyalty member management for the merchant by data analysis of user behavior. Considering the high demand for data processing, our company selected the latest NoSGL database-mongodb at that time and I got familiar with it with the great help of my colleagues, which enriched my working experience so much.
I also became more confident and active than before affected by American culture.
Confidence is greater than fear
When I arrived in America, I was not actually good at English. So I was so afraid to communicate with colleagues in English. Instead, it made me worse and worse in communication. Here I want to give a special thanks to Susie Buehler who was always encouraging me. I remembered one time she said to me “Thomas, you are so good at pronunciation”, which inspired me a lot and made me speak up. And of course I improved my English and become confident via more practice.
Try to say what you want say
There was weekly meeting during the internship at that time. Everybody needed to make a statement after the brief introduction by the manager. They talked about challenges encountered in work, or shared something interesting about the company. That was a fresh and helpful way to communicate way for me. I never faced that in China because Chinese people are sometimes so shy to express their own ideas or question other people’s opinions. I felt a little awkward at first and adapted myself well to this later. This changed also helped me so much in my daily work.
Even now, I still miss my internship time in America and really appreciate the change brought to me. It made a significant impact on most of my life.