By Bianca Nitsche
Translated from German to English by Bianca Nitsche
Bianca Nitsche, from Argenbühl, Germany, is living in the USA since August 2014. She is a participant of the Congress-Bundest Youth Exchange Program for Young Professionals. Bianca visited a college in the first part of her exchange year, since January she is working. For the German Newspaper (Schäbische Zeitung) she reports about her experiences.
“The job search was more difficult than I thought it would be. At the beginning I thought with my education and my knowledge for accounting and finance it should not be hard finding a job. However, in the USA is all about connections and recommendations.” says the 24-year old. Through connections, she got an interview in the beginning of November. “I was surprised that the interview was more focused on my interests and desires than what I prior learned about the company.” She had the impression that the company´s guidelines are really lived/used: “Have fun. Be healthy. Do your job”.
Since January, Bianca is an intern in the accounting department of Palmer Holland, a chemical distributor. She is happy: “The office is one level, which has the shape of a donut. Within the big office you´ll find three small golf courses and workstations.
Bianca´s day at work is from 8am to 4:30pm. “I´m trying to use the walk station every other day for about an hour, while I´m working. That´s just amazing for me. But the best at the company is, everybody is treated the same. There´s no difference in dealing with people. One day you may sit next to a temporary, the other day next to the president while at lunch.
Next to the working environment, Bianca also praises the reward system for good and healthy engagement. “The employees are able to collect points during the year for rewards at the end of the year.” In the community kitchen you´ll always meet different people to talk with. “Everybody would catch right away, the employees love their job and feel comfortable.”
Bianca will work with the company until June 30th, after that she will explore the country. At the end of July, all the 75 participants of the program will meet in Washington D.C. to talk about their experiences. Then they will return to Germany. “My time in America is running so fast. I love my life, my host family, and my work. Anyways, I´m also looking forward to see my boyfriend and my family. Furthermore, I´m missing eating in the Fidelisbäck (a German -very good- bakery) to eat delicious German bread”.