A New Work Environment

In England by Eller Student

I have been in London for a little over 2 weeks and love it! Today I started my internship and I really enjoy the culture of it. I have worked in many different companies in America, but today’s experience was different than them all. To start, it is obvious that their lives here are outlined by the mentality of “working to live, not living to work.” They have one month of vacation each year that they all enjoy and get to travel all over Europe and the world during. The workers here work hard, but enjoy their personal lives, their time off and of course their tea. My co-workers immediately welcomed me and asked me in-depth questions about the American economy and politics, most of which I pretended like I knew about. One thing I’ve quickly realized is that Americans are very self-centered when it comes to our lives and our economy. American news does not cover the world like BBC does here. However, to be competitive in the future Americans need to open our eyes to the world and see that we aren’t the only thriving economy. As I talked to my co-workers, many of them spoke numerous languages, had lived in different countries and had many opinions about life around the world. One Spanish co-worker said, “You know in America, you aren’t really the land of the free. With all the restrictions on your way of life.” It really made me think about our country. In Europe, Healthcare is paid for, sexuality isn’t a constant political battle and personal lives aren’t regulated as much. I think that we could learn a lot from these countries. They realize that people are individuals and come from different backgrounds. However, they also can live together and enjoy a drink at a local pub after work together. I can’t wait to learn more and grow more as a global citizen in the following weeks.