Why did you choose to work/study/teach?
I chose all three options because I wanted to sample all the possibilities! I hoped to gain as wide a range of experiences as possible to allow me to discover what I really enjoy and what I might want to do in the future after I graduate.
I am currently doing a 6-month work placement with Air France at the Charles de Gaulle Airport. This involves teaching English to Air France staff as well as other duties such as working on the reception desk of the employee training centre known as Le Campus, posting on the Yammer English Learner social media page, setting up training programmes and language tests, and translating between French and English.
In February I will start the second half of my year abroad which is a 5-month Erasmus study placement at the University of Florence in Italy.
Was it a difficult decision?
Not particularly. I found it easy to decide to do a work placement in France because it was the option that appealed most to me. I felt that working for a French company would help me to develop a lot of skills and would really immerse me in French culture.
Ideally, I would have liked to have done work placements in both France and Italy but, after doing some research and consulting the relevant DUO page, I realised that there weren’t many paid internship opportunities in Italy besides teaching in schools.
I therefore had some difficulty in choosing whether to do a British Council Teaching Assistantship or an Erasmus study placement in Italy. In the end, the decision was made for me because the teaching assistantship position was too long (9 months if I remember rightly) meaning I could not fit it in alongside my Air France internship. I also felt more attracted to studying at a university and I didn’t really want to be in a school environment teaching children, especially as I don’t think I want to do this in the future.
Do you think you made the right decision?
Yes, I am very happy with my Air France internship. It’s been a valuable and enjoyable experience and the people in Air France have been very kind and welcoming to me. Most of my time is spent planning and delivering lessons which means I am getting a similar experience to British Council teaching assistantship, so I don’t feel as though I am missing out.
I haven’t started my study placement yet so I don’t know if I’ve made the right decision but I hope so!
British Council English Language Assistantship
By Isabella Beaumont