Hakîm Kausmally is from France, is studying Engineering at “Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne (EMSE)“. BOC Group cooperates since many years with EMSE. Hakîm has just completed his summer internship at BOC Austria in our Consulting and Sales department. We met him as a highly motivated trainee during his 3-months internship and has been very supportive in our daily business. Today we want to talk with him about his experiences during his summer internship and his most challenges of it.
You study and live in France, why did you decide to make an internship at BOC Austria?
During my studies in France, I need to have an experience abroad. This internship was a good opportunity to discover a new country, a new culture and at the same time have an experience in a foreign company. The offer of BOC was very interesting because it was in the continuity of my school course in terms of Business Process Management. In terms of life experience, coming to live in a European capital like Vienna was an opportunity I didn’t want to miss.
How were your first steps during your internship and how was the remote work situation for you?
My integration went very well. At the beginning it’s always difficult to arrive alone in a new country for a long time. I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t make my marks. But my colleagues at BOC made me feel comfortable right away. They integrated me very well and always did everything to help me. Obviously, it’s much easier when they explain the habits and customs to you. They told me about the differences with France so that I wouldn’t be surprised. So, I was able to get used to the country very quickly. Furthermore, I was also lucky enough to be accompanied by BOC for the flat on site, so I was so pleased with the way my internship started.
What were your tasks and projects during your internship?
During my internship, I joined the BOC-FR team. I had the mission to create a business repository in ADONIS. This repository had to be designed for Business Analysts and created from the Business Analyst Body Of Knowledge (BABOK). It aims to simplify the daily work of the Business Analysts and to be a tool in which they find useful references to their tasks. I created this repository in French and in English and realized some models to highlight the utility of ADONIS for a business analysis.
What were the main challenges for you in the 3 months? And how did you handle it?
The main challenge was to live in a foreign city for 3 months. It was the first time I left France alone for so long. But, as I said before, I met great people who helped me to get used to the city. I didn’t speak German, only French and English. But that didn’t stop me from meeting new people, discovering new places and learning more about the country.
From a work point of view, there is a lot of similarity with France because I worked with some French colleagues. Nevertheless, there are some differences, especially on the flexibility that I could have. This is something that I really appreciated and that gives me a sense of responsibility.
How did you benefit from your studies during your internship?
This internship allowed me to clarify my professional objective. It also allowed me to approach Business Process Management from a less academic and more concrete point of view.
I was enriched by the experience of the people around me, and I was also able to develop some soft skills by having to present my achievements and by participating in team meetings. Furthermore, It definitely help me to grow as a person.
Which skills and qualifications helped you most during your time abroad?
I had already been able to work on ADONIS with my school, but I was able to get even better at using the tool. Otherwise, I think that my sense of synthesis and my good communication were elements that allowed me to achieve the missions given to me.
What would you tell your friend and colleagues about your time at BOC Group?
It has been a real pleasure to work at BOC during these 3 months. I particularly appreciated the human dimension within the company. I loved working with my team, and I thank them for their kindness and their help.
Otherwise, Vienna is a very rich city. Both in terms of architecture and history. So don’t hesitate for a second to visit this capital and of course taste its specialties!
Thank you Hakîm for sharing with us! We wish you all the best for your further studies!
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