Peter Persiel – Our guy at SAPPosted on
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Please Introduce yourself: Hi, I’m Peter and I have worked for Webdezign in 2012 for about a month. My hometown Luneburg is located next to the lovely Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
Back in 2012 I was doing an apprenticeship at a local web agency specialized in all kinds of software development but mainly web development. There was this project at our vocational school to do an internship in a foreign country for about a month. After the internship you could acquire a certificate: The Europass Mobility is a document which provides evidence of periods of learning spent in other European countries. My apprenticeship company offered me the chance to do an internship abroad and pay me my usual salary even when working for another company.
Furthermore, I am a former colleague of Andreas who has been introduced to you on this blog already.
Tell us about a fun anecdote or a specific job you remember from your time at Webdezign?
My first day at Webdezign was quite funny: I did not really know how to dress appropriately as an intern and so I arrived kind of overdressed. This wasn’t really needed and I quickly realized that a more casual look was perfectly good. So I had my parents to send me some of my more casual cloth to the UK.
I haven’t been a coffee junky in the first place but as far as I can remember I got addicted after my internship at Webdezign: Especially Mike made me some specialty coffee nearly every day as I did not know how to use the coffee machine. And I really think this is the reason why I am really into this coffee business now.
Besides that it was funny to work with you guys as you don’t take yourself too seriously.
What are you doing now?
All in all I think my internship at Webdezign “released the shutter”: I am currently a Vocational Student at SAP in Germany. For those of you who don’t know: SAP is a multinational software corporation that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations.
My field of study is kind of special and also has an extra large name: International Business Administration and Information Technology – abbr. IBAIT. It is basically like Business Informatics but with an international focus. In addition to e.g. special English trainings staying in Shanghai, China in order to study and work there is also part of the apprenticeship.
I think my internship at Webdezign was the ticket to my new job: So thank you guys!
When I am at the company I am working for different departments and (fun fact) drink a lot of coffee.
Editors note: So do we Peter, none of that tea drinking in this office
What was your favourite lunch?
As nearly every intern I think Lahore was my all-time favorite but there were so many lunch times with good food. Very tough question.
On top of that the food from this small chinese place in the backyard was very delicious too. I can’t remember the name but I think this place was kind of dubious and nice in its own way.
Editors note: The menues and signage is all in chinese, we needed Dennis to translate for us, but very nice food, even though they don’t speak english.
What was the 1 single lesson you took away from your time at Webdezign?
I think the whole internship was quite an experience for me and I learned a lot: My WordPress skills improved, I got many insights in working with the Joomla CMS and the Magento shop system. I also got to know the Yii PHP framework which I used later on.
But on top of all theses technical things I think the internship really opened my mind in terms of working internationally and thinking globally: When you want to achieve the most in our globalized world, you really have to be able to think outside the box and most importantly communicate with your (international) colleagues.
My time at Webdezign introduced me to whole new world of possibilities when working abroad and this is really something that I want to do in the future: to work in a foreign country and in an international team.
Do you have an unforgettable moment from your time at Webdezign?
As mentioned the whole Webdezign experience was really nice and shaped me in a way. But I think an unforgettable moment was when Mike asked me to work for Webdezign after my internship. I think that was quite unexpected for me.
Besides that there were also those evenings with a lot of salt and tequila…
How did you find & choose Webdezign in the first place?
Before my internship I wasn’t confident enough to organize my time in London by myself so a teacher of my school arranged the contact with an agency that organizes these kinds of internships. I told them about my skills and the company I was working for in Germany and then they introduced me to Mike and the team.
I think the fact that all team members are not from the UK originally made things kind of easier. And also the whole working atmosphere is very nice at Webdezign. You guys are motivated each day and come up with creative solutions. I really enjoyed my internship as I could work on my own responsibility and very interesting projects.
Do you have any recommendations or suggestions for future interns/employees?
I think the one thing I would recommend for future interns is to be confident in yourself and open-minded. Those guys at Webdezign are really nice to everybody and they really understand that it can be difficult for someone to work abroad as you really have an international team at Webdezign – they have been in the same situation, so they understand.
Expect a lot of fun, delicious food and the best coffee in the world!
I will be in Shanghai next year and I am really looking forward to those upcoming months in South East Asia. To stay connected I recommend my blog: peterpersiel.com I am planning to write weekly blog entries with lots of photos, videos and stuff. Also follow me on Twitter, Instagram if you would like to get some impressions of my journey.