Emmily Noré – New intern at INTERNeX

Hi everyone!

My name is Emmily Noré and I’m a new intern at INTERNeX. I’m working for the City Placement Program, where I help candidates to find a paid position at one of the many restaurants or cafés in Vancouver. Candidates for the Internship Program or Ranchstay Program may also meet me at the INTERNeX office for an orientation or interview.

I’m originally from Belgium, but I’ve spent lot’s of time abroad. I backpacked through Guatemala, South-East Asia, USA,… and I studied in Cracow, Poland for a year. I have been to Canada several times and each time I love the country more and more, so I decided to do an internship here in Vancouver.

After one week in Vancouver and working at INTERNeX I can already say it’s been a great decision! INTERNeX is all about broaden your horizon. Wether you travel, study or work abroad, it’s a great way to explore the world and to learn about other cultures (and your own!).

We work hard, but there’s more than just work! Last weekend I joined some crazy INTERNeX interns for an incredible weekend  rafting in Chilliwack. Eating marshmallows, singing by the  campfire and encouraging each other to step into that boat, it’s a  great way to get to know each other! Here’s a picture of me and my roomy Hannah near the Chilliwack river. (I’m the girl on the left)

 

Still a bit tired and sore, but ready to start a new week! Maybe see  more of you on wednesday’s pub night?

cheers!

Emmily

Candidate Expose-Matt

Hey, so since the start of our Staff introductions was such a success i thought i would take the next step and introduce to you some of our current/past candidates who have had such great experiences with in their programs and in Canada in general that they want to share their stories with you! So our first interviewee is Matt, he is the Vancouver Staffhouse manager. I’m sure most of you know of him or have met Matt personally but for those of you who haven’t then here is a little peak into his experiences with INTERNeX.

What is your name?
Matthias Weigel

Which program are you currently participating?
City placement at Blenz Coffee Shop

Are you enjoying it? Why?
I am really enjoying working at Blenz Coffee shop. They have a great training program that truly encourages us employees to have a strong work ethic, good communications skills and ultimately great life skills.  The initial training provided is 1 day at the training center, with ongoing training that is also provided every 2 months to asses and improve our skills. There are 3 levels of employees;  Junior, Senior and Master level. I have recently been promoted to the Senior Barista position and i am really proud of myself for achieving this. I think this is a great way to spark a healthy sense of competition amongst employees and it has truly allowed me to excel in a way i did not expect. If you choose to participate in this training program you will be trained, as i was, by Layla who was the 2 time World Free Pour Latte Art Champion. So this was a huge honor to be trained by a true professional. Also throughout my employment at Blenz i have truly been able to build on my customer service skills. The people here in Vancouver are so genuinely open that it’s been really easy to serve them but boy do they have some crazy drink orders!

What kind of experience are you gaining from this experience?
I have actually grown up for a significant portion of my life in the customer service industry since my parents owned a restaurant themselves. Therefore, i am pretty familiar with this whole customer centered environment; however, surprisingly enough working in a Coffee Shop is completely different. I have learnt a lot of stuff from Blenz, particularly in terms of management so it is my dream now to own my own restaurant later on in life. Hopefully, one day this dream will come true.

What do you like the most about Canada?
Well it’s hard just to choose one thing so i’m not even going to try lol. I have been to so many incredible places in Canada some of my favorite places were Victoria where i went whale watching and that was breathtaking and really reminded me of the movie Free Willy. I also went to Whistler and did some snowboarding and then last but not least i loved Tofino where i went surfing. Everywhere i’ve been has truly been magnificent because i’ve been exposed to so many of the beautiful sites in Canada and i love all the nature i’ve been blessed to see.