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Mapping out My Career Path in New York
By Ahn So-jeong  |  hjournal@hanyang.ac.kr
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New York! How wonderful and fabulous is this city really?  I had always want to go to there and after becoming a university student, I learned about various opportunities to go abroad, including doing so  as an exchange student, an intern,  and just for travel.  As I eagerly waited for a chance to go abroad, my opportunity finally came in December, 2012, I saw a recruiting notice for an international internship provided by the Office of International Cooperation(OIC) at Hanyang University and I decided to grab the chance to go to New York City to do an internship. The OIC at HYU provided a lot of useful information about my choice of places to go that included Australia, New York, India, Malaysia, and so on. At first, I was wondered about whether I could actually survive living in foreign country where I had never visited before. Also, since I was only a sophomore, I thought I might be too young to do work in as international internship. Despite my reservations, I applied for an internship and I gained the chance to work in New York City like a New Yorker.
 There were many companies and positions available in the New York internship program, including those in the area of accounting, marketing, design, promotion, and human resources. Since I have wanted to get experience that could help my future career in the field of my major, which is Economics, I applied for the City World Auto Company that was recruiting for positions in its accounting division. During the interview for the internship, I emphasized the reason why I applied to the company and insisted I was the right person for the job in New York.
 Fortunately, I was accepted and attended three orientation sessions, which were great opportunities to meet and get acquainted with other students who were going to work in New York too. 
 At the end of March, I arrived in New York. Even though I suffered from jet lag at first, I tried to adapt to my new surroundings as quickly as I could. In the internship, my tasks were making drafts, copying, and filling in information in a ledger, which were relatively easy jobs. I learned a lot keeping my eyes and ears open to what I could learn.  
Although City World Auto Company did not have any Korean employees, I was not lonely because everyone there was friendly Sometimes I had lunch with my coworkers and we had a good time while chatting. Also, being there was a good chance for me to get advice about what I needed to do to build my future career.
Every Friday, the company provided all staff members with a chance to participate in an education program. I was able to learn about business manners and had a meeting with many businesspeople from Woori Bank and Asiana Airlines.
 Looking back on my internship experience, I learned a lot especially about human relations. Working as an international intern was a turning point in my life as well as a good opportunity to improve my English communication skills.
 

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