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Catalina Jiménez Ceballos, Bachelor's Degree in Communication student

"The UOC makes it very easy to do internships that are very useful in the world of work"

04   July   2017

Catalina Jiménez:

Catalina Jiménez: "My internship at the UOC has been a superb experience and I have learnt a great deal"

She did her last assessment tests in China, where she has lived for the last few months. There she is studying for her Bachelor's Degree in Communication while perfecting her English and learning Chinese. We have talked to Catalina Jiménez to find out about her experience.

By Marian Antón

 

When did you arrive in China?

I have been living near Shanghai for around four months, in a town called Suzhou.

What took you there?

I am in China because my partner's company sent him here for three years. I am taking the opportunity to perfect my English and learn Chinese.

Are you working?

I am not working at the moment; I devote all my time to my studies. Now I am in the final stages of my Bachelor's Degree in Communication and am also studying Chinese in a university in Suzhou.

I would like to find a job here in China related to communication, although at the moment I am looking for work teaching Spanish

You did your assessment tests there. How was it?

Yes, I did the assessment tests online, and I think they went very well, although I do not have the final marks. It was a great experience, very satisfactory, as I had thought it would be very complicated because doing them on-site is not the same as online. Here in China the Internet is heavily censored for websites that are normal for us, so to gain access we use a private network that enables us to enter easily. I could not access the area to download the exam because it was blocked. It was quite chaotic but, in the end, I managed to download it and do the exam.

Before you left, you were a research fellow at the UOC. What are your memories of that period?

Yes, I was in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. They employed me mainly to edit videos. At first it was a little complicated because, although I had some knowledge of video editing (in fact, before starting the degree I did an advanced-level vocational training course in audiovisual and show production), it had been a long time since I had used editing software and it was hard to get used to it. The truth is that it was a superb experience and I learnt a great deal. I also worked with events management. I was not able to do many things because it was just when the trip came up, but, from the few things I was able to do, I learnt a great deal. I have always liked the events management field a lot. In short, doing an internship is very enriching. Moreover, the UOC makes it very easy to do internships that are very useful in the world of work.

What were your main responsibilities?

Recording and editing videos for the 20th anniversary of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Each video covered a particular subject.

In general, how do you rate this experience?

I rate the internship very positively as I learnt both what I want to do and what I do not. I think that doing an internship is very useful for gaining experience at many levels as it gives you flexibility in terms of future work and helps you understand what you really want.

What was the main lesson you would highlight from this research fellowship?

With the research fellowship I acquired many skills in video editing and I learnt a great deal. I would also say that the research fellowship gave me work-related skills: I have worked but never related to my studies.

Has it helped you in your professional future?

I hope that the internship will help me in the future: I would like to begin here in China.

What are your future professional plans? How long do you plan to stay in Suzhou?

As I said, my plans are to finish my studies and perfect the languages (English and Chinese), then I would like to find a job here related to communication, although at the moment I am looking for work teaching Spanish.

Would you like to study anything else after the Bachelor's Degree in Communication? What would it be and at which university?

I would like to do a postgraduate course in events management and I would like to do it at the UOC: the truth is that I am very happy with the University, which provides many facilities and opportunities.

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