Check in with Troy: Great Fun in Great Britain

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He's our intrepid explorer who has been traveling round the most beautiful parts of the UK, all the while interning at one of the world's biggest travel agencies, STA Travel. Yes, our boy Troy is immersing himself in London living on our Intern in Britain program. Check in with our internship superstar as he gives us the lowdown on his work experience, as well offering words of advice for those wanting to have a very British adventure. Troy, over to you!

A Troy Recap: Interning in London with STA Travel

Tell us about your internship. Where have you been interning and what does your internship involve?

I’m a Marketing intern at STA and being based in Central London is really exciting! So far I have been creating digital media content which we then share to our targeted audiences. I’ve also been able to spend some time looking at Google Analytics and search engine optimization which is super interesting, as well as working closely with the Content team.

What are the top three things that you have learnt at your internship and that you will take away with you?

Doing an internship has allowed me to see what goes on behind the scenes in this industry and gain a broad range of transferable skills. Firstly, I learnt how to use Photoshop which was really useful as I was able to put this into practice in learning how to successfully use social media to promote a brand and its products. It has also taught me that I will sometimes need to get to grips with more specific tasks within the company, like how to direct internet traffic to STA programs. Everything I have learnt will be really helpful when I’m back home as I’m currently studying Renewable Energy at college, with hopes to then go on to market and sell the technology to consumers and businesses.

How has interning abroad enriched your future lifestyle and career?

Having an internship in London has definitely made me more flexible and open minded towards different career fields, as working for a travel company is a million miles away from anything I have ever done back in the States. It has really broadened my horizons in terms of realizing how many different roles are out there and I know that any future employers will really value my experience working for such a renowned international company.

What cultural differences between the UK and your home country have you found most surprising or strange?

For me, the most obvious difference is the British phrases and colloquialisms which I am still getting used to, people love to say 'sorry' A LOT over here. Navigating the new traffic system is proving difficult and I still can’t get my head around the fact the cars drive on the other side of the road! Also, something to bear in mind is the fact that tipping in restaurants isn't as popular here, but I’m not complaining!

If you could take a bit of British culture back home (e.g. food or drink, mannerisms, phrases), what would it be and why?

I think the pubs here are really unique, they're a mix of a bar and a restaurant which means they're social enough that you can meet and talk to new people, which could feel awkward in just a restaurant. It’s the perfect environment for people on their travels!

What words of encouragement would you say to people who are unsure about taking part in the Intern in Britain program?

Just do it! I was unsure about leaving my job and life back at home but as soon as I landed I knew I had made the right choice. Traveling to a new place is refreshing and something I would recommend to anyone. I’ve had the opportunity to experience things that I never would have done and visited places I never would have seen. It really is a life changing experience and I would definitely recommend it.

What’s been your most funny/memorable experience?

The other day my friends and I went to Shoreditch for the first time. We thought we had gotten lost because it was so quiet but after walking up a hidden flight of stairs, we were met with hundreds of people all standing on this rooftop overlooking some amazing panoramic views of London. It was amazing; London has some crazy hidden gems.

Thanks for stopping by again, Troy! We're super happy you're enjoying London-life. For more adventures, check out the rest or his blog posts here, here and here. Fancy taking part in our Intern in Britain program yourself? Sign up today and start you British adventure. Sounds resume-tastic, right?