Our trainee Patricia will be gaining experience on the international stage over the next few weeks during her internship in London. In this and the next few posts, she tells about her experiences and adventures.

I am doing my four-week internship at a company that recruits healthcare professionals for assignments abroad, mainly in the United States. The relatively new London-based company also has small offices around the world – including some in Africa – so it can provide support that is as personal as possible for nurses who decide to start a new life stateside. A brave step for everyone involved, in my opinion.

“Web first” is the motto

At first I was a little worried that I would only ever be asked to do typical intern tasks and not really what I actually wanted to learn about. But after a brief interview on site, I was confident that this wouldn’t be the case. In fact, my first project was very exciting. I had to create a German counterpart to the English website – which sounds relatively simple at first. Fortunately, the website had been created with WordPress so I had a small advantage at the start as I’d already done a lot of work with WordPress. However, I had never tried to create a multilingual website so it took me a while to find a suitable solution or the right plugin. And because I constantly had to translate everything in my head, the whole thing was twice as “taxing.” I noticed it most in the evenings. But once the plugin was installed, I was finally able to get started. As some of the text was already available in German, I luckily no longer had to translate every single text, which made the work go a lot faster.

This was a very exciting project for the first week; not only was I able to apply my knowledge, but I also learned lots of new things. When searching for a suitable plugin for WordPress, I also learned more about the CMS itself and the technology behind it, which can of course come in useful in the future – and perhaps even for my work at OPTIMAL SYSTEMS.

Next week, a Facebook campaign will be launched with the help of the new German website, which is aimed specifically at nurses in Germany. I can’t wait – see you soon for part 3!

Our visit to Windsor Castle