Everyone in the Dream Careers program was a little nervous for their first day. We all dressed up in our formal business attire and left extra early in order to get to work on time. Most of us, including myself, discovered this is not the typical expectation in Spain. Arriving to work fifteen minutes late is completely acceptable. In addition, the dress code is very relaxed. Men wear cargo shorts and flip flops. The women can wear fun and short summery dressed with their swimsuits underneath.
In addition to starting work at a later hour than in America, the business culture in Spain is to take a couple hour siesta in the middle of the day. This applies both to mom and pop shops and the corporate world. At my office, employees take roughly a two hour lunch break from two in the afternoon until four.
It didn’t take long to adjust to this very relaxed business culture. Everyone goes at their own leisurely pace but still manages to get their work done. It will be hard to adjust back to the strict and fast-paced business world in the United States when I return.