Your internship experience is one of the most important pieces of the foundation you are laying down for a successful career.
Since the professional world can be very different from university life, it's important that you have an understanding of some of the differences.
Use These Tips To Help You Make The Most Of Your Internship.
Clarify expectations about the internship, both the employers and yours. Itâ€™s a good idea to agree upon your job responsibilities in writing.
Take advantage of the transition time at the beginning of your internship and ask a lot of questions.
Meet regularly with your supervisor to ensure that both of your expectations are being met.
First impressions are very important, as is maintaining good ones. It's important for you to dress, speak, write, and generally behave like a professional.
Be observant and ask questions about appropriate behavior at the work place. Different organizations have different expectations regarding employee behavior.
Focus on your communication skills, both written and verbal. Proofread your written work carefully. When communicating with your co-workers choose a respectful, tactful, and professional language at all times.
Be punctual and show up to work on time. If you're going to be late or sick, be sure to call your supervisor to inform them. Choose your sick days with care and try not to miss too many days at work.
Establish good relationships with your co-workers. Be friendly, polite, helpful, and sensitive. Also be careful about bringing personal business to work.
Be easy to work with. Accept assignments without complaint, ask for more work when assignments are completed, and turn out good quality work.
When you complete your internship, be sure to ask your supervisor for a letter of recommendation and keep in touch so that you can call upon him/her later when you are in need of a reference.
The Grand Palace was built in 1782 and is home of the Thai Kings and Royal Court. It's beautiful architecture attracts many tourists.
When you visit the Grand Palace make sure that you dress properly.
Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves. Women must be dressed similarly, with no see-through shirts and no bare shoulders shown.
If you're clothing isn't appropriate, there is a booth near the entrance which provides you with proper clothing for which you have to pay a deposit.
Wat Arun was constructed during the first half of the 19th century in the Khmer Style.
The Temple of Dawn symbolizes the birth of the Rattanakosin Period and the founding of the new capital after Ayutthaya fell.
The quietest time to visit is early in the morning before the crowds arrive.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak is the pioneer of all floating markets.
The floating market offers an authentic experience, even though it is very touristy.
There are dozens of wooden boats with fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
Chinatown in Bangkok is known as being one of the biggest in the world.
Packed with small stands, food stalls, and shops, Chinatown in Bangkok is an experience which you cannot miss.
Chao Phraya River
The Chao Phraya River is a great way to explore the city of Bangkok.
Touristic longboats are used to show beautiful places along the river and transportation ferries which can bring your across the river to various locations.
Taking a boat as a way of transportation can be a great opportunity to see the different areas of the city.
Chatuchak market is one of, if not the most popular markets in Thailand.
Once popular amongst traders and wholesalers, Chatuchak market has now become a major tourist attraction.
The 8,000 plus stalls on 35 acres of land offer all kinds of products like clothes, furniture, souvenirs, food, and much more.
On the weekend the market has over 200,000 visitors.
There are many different types of transportation methods in Bangkok.
For example, the BTS Skytrain, MRT Subway, taxis, motorbike taxis, busses, boats, and of course the famous tuk-tuks.
Below you can find the systems map of the Bangkok Transit System, Metropolitan Rapid Transit, Airport Rail Link, and Bus Rapid Transit.
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All trains usually arrive at each station every 5 minutes and enable you to transport to various destinations throughout the city of Bangkok.
There are several connection points where you are able to get on another transport line.
Tickets are inexpensive and are easily payable by machines at the stations.
Each transport system offers cards that you can add credit to, which makes it much easier to check in and out.
Traveling by taxi in Bangkok is another very common method of transportation. There are some important things you should know before using taxis in Bangkok.
Firstly, taxis in Bangkok are painted in a range of bright colors.
The full colored taxis are rented out by driversÂ and are not always the most reliable.
The drivers sometimes will not want to drive to your destination, and/or they will not turn on the taxi meter and will try to charge you a high price.
The multi-colored taxis (e.g. yellow/green) are known to have a better reputation, as they are privately owned cars.
Also, try not to pay a taxi driver with anything more than a 100 Baht banknote, as some drivers pretend not to have change.
Food: Where And What To Eat
During your stay in Thailand, you will discover that there are many different types of food and unique places to eat.
Unlike many other countries, it's not necessary to visit a traditional restaurant for lunch or dinner.
It is very popular amongst locals to eat their meals from street food vendors and stalls.
The big advantages of eating street food are that it's very affordable, you receive your order extremely fast, and the meals are prepared in a very homemade fashion, as compared to typical restaurants.
For an average street food dish, expect to pay around 50 Thai baht, which is around $1.45 or €1,30.
Krung Thep (Bangkok) is the shortened version of the actual name which consists of 169 characters.
The full city name is Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahinthara Yutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udom Ratchaniwet Mahasathan Amonphiman Awatansathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukamprasit.
The translation of this name is the city of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Visvakarman at Indra's behest.
The King's Anthem is played before movies and cultural performances.
Before a movie, play or cultural performance, the King's Anthem is played and everyone must stand out of respect.
Also at train stations, the Thai National Anthem is played twice a day at 8 AM and 6 PM.
Not standing for the King's Anthem or Thai Anthem is illegal.
Enjoy Your Stay In Thailand!
Asia Internship Program wishes you an enjoyable time in Thailand during your internship.
By applying these tips and recommendations, we're positive that it will make your lifestyle in Thailand much more satisfying and stress-free.
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