Hi guys, I`m back!
This time I won`t talk about me, but about my 13 friends that came to Brighton with me and all our experiences.
I spent the last two days in their workplaces to ask them a few questions about this work experience.
We are trying different jobs: some of us work in cafes, others in charity shops, other in offices.
That is really useful because, as Massimo says, it allows us to learn what the real world of work is like and it especially teaches us how to behave with a boss.
Bosses are very scary.
At least when they`re around.
Indeed, the funny thing is that when in presence of their boss anyone is a little soldier ready to do whatever they say, but as soon as they leave, the atmosphere is way more relaxed and we start to gossip about them.
“We often stay with our co-workers – Federica and Silvia reveal with a wink – and they help us with our tasks …but the manager is really nice and she taught us a lot of tips to learn as much as possible!”.
In a three-week work experience you never get bored : you get involved in so many different tasks that you have literally no time to get used to the routine.
Erasmo, who is working at a chiropractic`s, says that when he entered the office for the first time he was astonished by all the strange objects around there.
And I had to admit I was too when I visited him, in the beginning I remember thinking that some of them were antiques!
Some tasks are easy, others are unexpectedly tough.
For example, have you guys ever imagined the truth behind the cappuccino you order at a café?
Guys going crazy to learn how to foam the milk, pour the coffee and do that amazing artworks we all love on the top of the foam.
Simone, working in a really cool Café, reveals “I never thought making coffees would be harder than bringing five plates on your arm!” and Lisa, his co-worker, adds “I didn`t expect to struggle with cutting cakes, because, you know, when you`re alone you just have as much cake as you like without thinking too much about it.”.
However Umberto, working in another Café, replies “Now I know how to make my own cappuccinos and chai lattes at home!”.
Another little problem, Guglielmo notes, is learning how to give the right change when you`re not used to the English coins: dealing with money is a great responsibility!
In addition, Brighton is a great city to work in: “As soon as you finish working wherever you go you meet lots of young guys coming from all around the world. We often play football -says Edoardo playing indeed with a small ball in his hands- with a group of Italians we met the other evening!”.
Umberto adds “The great thing about Brighton is that there are a lot of shops, wherever you turn you see window displays full of curious items and mouth-watering food!”
Unexpectedly, 8 of 13 people chose Brighton over London, although -as Alberto says- you can never leave home without both a raincoat and a swimsuit in your backpack… but in my opinion this adds a little sparkle to the usual routine!
Giovanna, indeed, claims that this is one of the few cities that not only pretends to be open-minded, but actually is, and everyone is free to be him/herself without the fear of being judged by other people.
Three weeks may not seem enough time to get fully involved in a city`s life, but experiences like this allow you to grow a lot as a person :the people you meet , the food you try and the habits you experiment are little steps towards the mindfulness of being a world citizen, not only your hometown`s.