【A Dutch guy in Japan for an internship.】 This is my personal story about the experiences I had in Japan. (2/2)~the second half~


     What did I do exactly at Maruhachi-Tent?


Like I briefly described in the above paragraph, I entered this company in order to fully utilize my English and Japanese language abilities. However, after 2~3 weeks I ran into a wall (figuratively speaking). I noticed that it didn’t matter whether I could speak English or Japanese; if I didn’t have any knowledge about the products of the company I wasn’t going to be able to perform even the simplest of tasks.

Besides the everyday tasks my main projects were setting up an English version of the homepage of the company, and assist in the preparations for expanding the business abroad. But I didn’t have any knowledge of the company’s products, so I made almost no progress over the span of a month. That’s when I decided to talk to my co-workers and the boss of the company about this. And they actually felt the same way.

So, when I had identified the problem I decided to start over from scratch, and I decided to first learn everything I could about the company’s products. By taking this step-by-step approach I was, by the end of my internship, able to leave behind something concrete.


      What are some of the things that I feel I learned during my internship?


There were a lot of difficult moments during the 6 months I did my internship. But in the end I can honestly say that I’m glad that I didn’t quit prematurely.

It’s too tough so I want to quit. I’m always failing so I want to quit. This is not what I imagined it would be so I want to quit. It’s impossible for me to do so I want to quit. At that time I had experienced some of these thoughts (some over the course of several weeks). But, and this is something that I realized after I finished my internship, it is exactly because it is tough, because you are failing, because you feel it is impossible that it is worth doing. If you can overcome those difficult periods good things will definitely come to you.


Life is like an arrow. In order to go forward you first have to pull back.


By doing a long-term internship you realize what kind of job suits you, what kind of job you want to be doing for the rest of your life, and you will even be able to rediscover what kind of person you yourself are.


By the way, do you know the meaning of the word “Impossible”?



I’m possible


If you have the will and determination, “Impossible” will become “I’m possible”. This is what I learned from my internship.








I'm possible. (私はできる)




【A Dutch guy in Japan for an internship.】 This is my personal story about the experiences I had in Japan.(1/2)~the first part~(日本語訳あり) 




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