Internship at Credit Suisse

Report of Ilona Shikongo

February 10, 2013 – May 1, 2013
Ilona Shikongo, Economics Student, Polytechnic of Namibia

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You Tube Film der Abschlusspräsentation

Just from the moment I got on the plane I knew this would be an unforgettable experience. Things in Switzerland were going so well, way better than I expected. Being in a foreign country was not easy at all, everything is so different.

The first complicated thing I have come across was the transportation system. I had to use three forms of transport in order to go to work and I am happy I managed quite well. I visited some parts of Switzerland. The Swiss culture is very different from the way how I thought of western culture. I always thought that they don’t really have culture but I was so wrong. Swiss people are really sweet, caring and very friendly. Everyone I met was really kind. People welcome you with open arms and treat you like their own. They treat a person with so much respect and they expect the same back. I realized that some people were a bit cautions but that didn’t really stop them from treating me well. Since there are only a few darker coloured people in Switzerland, some were interested to know where I was from and what I was doing over there.

Working for Credit Suisse has been very interesting. Every day I went to work curious on what type of day I was going to have. Also at work, everyone was friendly and very helpful when I needed support. They treated me like an ordinary employee and not like an intern.  
After these three months I can really say that I have learned so much and through this internship I have developed into a more mature, confident and independent person.