My first official business trip with Asia Internship Program was at the beginning of 2017. The trip was unforgettable mainly because it was to Malaysia, a country I have never been to before. During this trip, I managed to mix business with pleasure, and of course, I have made a lot of friendship connections. Being just a tourist is already a great experience, but visiting a country with a specific purpose, in my opinion, brings the trip to a whole new level.
What is your favorite travel memory?
How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?
21st Century is a century of traveling and internationalization. The only limit people have is on acquiring visas, but even that is not able to stop a passionate person to travel.
For a person from Uzbekistan, it was quite hard for me to make the first step towards traveling and being open-minded towards different nationalities and cultures. My family and I used to live in a small town where not many foreigners come to visit. When I started working with AIP, I had to travel and make partnerships with companies and representatives from different cultural backgrounds. After being in the company for more than a year, I find it extremely exciting and interesting to travel and explore.
What is the best story you've heard from a return student?
There are quite a few remarkable stories that have come from our program participants. One that always stands out in my mind is the story of a student from Albania who wanted to pursue an internship in Malaysia.
When he applied, he didn't have the finances to undergo the program, so we put his application on hold. For an entire year, he began doing freelance work to help fund his internship. Not only was he able to support himself financially, but he also was able to add to his portfolio, which greatly impressed his future host company. After his internship in Malaysia, he found an opportunity to work with an architecture firm in Australia through connections with his host company.
If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?
I believe that all of our programs can provide a valuable experience depending on what the students are looking for. However, I'm super excited about one of AIP's newest destinations for 2019, our Australia program.
Australia offers many different cities, industries, and opportunities to pursue a professional career. I had the chance to visit both Sydney and Melbourne this past year and found the cities to be super fun. I felt right at home, and to be honest, I'm a bit jealous of our program participants.
What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?
Being truly international and having a passion to add more value to our clients than anybody else in the market. Those are two main factors that make us really unique and outstanding. I am proud of our team on a daily basis since all of us are working and giving everything we could and even more to deliver.
What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?
Success is something that is absolutely different for each and every one of us. In my opinion, the biggest factor in being a truly successful company is also its most valuable asset – its people. Only a strong team with strong relationships within can drive and bring the company to the level of true excellence and success.