A day in the life of … Job Shadowing
For the afternoon, Vera had planned an activity in which we were supposed to follow Spanish people to see how their life goes on at a normal afternoon. Everybody had interesting and very different experiences to share afterwards with great excitement.
Here some personal impressions from the Job Shadowing.
Susanne from Denmark:
It was my pleasure to shadow a young English language teacher and Ph.D student, Marlén, all afternoon. First of all I was invited as a house guest for a real family lunch outside of León, in Villabalter, where we went by car. Then, we came back to the university to teach a class of international students learning English. Some of them were missing, probably because they had joined the student fiesta that was rolling right outside our windows. After some listening exercises where my afternoon fatigue was giving me a hard time, I became involved in a discussion with students which I enjoyed fully. Then we went to Marlen's office each at our PC where I felt at home online and got some work done. It was raining cats and dogs outside, and the student party was still very lively, so I was quite happy that Marlen drove me home to our hotel in the rush hour. This afternoon gave me an impression of what it was like to be in Marlen's shoes, and I am so grateful that she was willing to share this with me.
Brigitte from Austria:
My partner was a language teacher, a colleague. First we collected her little son from school, bought some presents and brought her son to stay with his father in his office. So I got to know all family members. We then had a beer together and a chat between colleagues, women and friends to stay in contact, at I hope.
Kifle from Sweden:
I was supposed to meet Rafael, the director of international relations. He explained to me how student exchange as well as staff movement looks like. I get material on that also.
Eventually, he introduced me to the vice-president of Business and Economics department for international relations.
The rest of the period was spent on discussing with both the Gentlemen in how and what they understand in the terms of international relations. This was a very useful meeting
I did both, my "Job Shadowing" assignment as well as got relevant information about the department of Economics and Management. We finished at the evening and Rafael walked with me to the hotel
Anais from Spain:
I “followed” Regina while she did some errands downtown and had a coffee with a friend of hers.
Theo from Germany:
I got the opportunity to join one afternoon of Senior Antonio Barrenada García. He is working at the University of León and he is an expert in the area of multimedia techniques. We visited the audiolab in the mediathek of the University and also the University press. Afterwards we went to the city to various places like the center of elderly people, where they got taught in basic computer skills and we joint one lesson of a famous flute player from of León.
It was a really nice day!