1. When did you work in rabito?
I worked at Rabito from May 5th to July 11th 2014.
2. Introduce about you briefly.
I’m a French student in International trade. I came to Korea for 3 months for an internship which was part of my diploma.
3. Did you know about the rabito before you came?
Yes, I have participated at Maison & Objet exhibition in Paris, the previous January. Before that, I didn’t know the name of the company but I had already seen the design of its smartphone cases.
4. If you don't know, How did you come rabito?
I found the company name when I looked for an internship in Korea. I saw that you were exhibited at M&O in Paris so this was a nice opportunity for me to contact you.
5. In many other countries, why did you come in Korea?
I wanted to work in an Asian company, as it is a dynamic area with many emerging countries. I was interested in the way they work everyday and why Asian companies are becoming the leaders in many markets
I knew almost nothing about the Korean culture before I came, so I was motivated to discover something different. The culture is also different than Western countries, and I was looking to experience new things.
This is why I chose Korea.
6. What is company culture in your country comparing Korea?
I think that many French companies have a very hierarchical structure, where at each level of the organization you strictly follow the assignments of your manager. The work is organized and meticulous.
I don’t know how it works in general in Korea, but at Rabito there was more time for cooperation between the people and the boss. This is a small team, where everybody is able to share his feedbacks, during the daily meeting of the morning.
The main difference is the working hours. I think. Korean people are more willing to work extra-hours, and would not leave the office until the job is done.
7. What was your impression about your first day?
I felt good since the first day, the working atmosphere is quite relaxed and I had already met the boss before. Everybody was very friendly since the beginning. I had nothing to worry about.
8. What was the most interesting tasks?
I liked to work on the social media marketing. It was interested to interact with the people, and creating something new from the beginning, like the Instagram account. I was free in my work, and I could share my ideas to the manager.
9. What was the most boring tasks?
I didn’t really like to complete the cafeterias required to participate at the Design contest. However, I didn’t work on it for a very long time so that was ok.
10. What was the most impressive thing?
I am very respectful about my comrades. No one ever complained, even after tough days. They keep smiling.
11. Who was the most friendly staff?
I don't have a preference, everybody was very kind since the first day. They tried to speak English with me, as I don’t speak a work of Korean.
I lived great moments with them.
12. What was the most helpful thing?
I could ask to anyone when I felt lost, or if I needed help.
13. What was the most difficult thing?
I have nothing special to say. The first couple days, I just had to feel comfortable with the computer settings, which are in Korean language. That was just a small issue, I rapidly felt comfortable with everything.
14. How do you feel about the company life?
There was a pretty nice working atmosphere. We could share any inquiry during the meetings and enjoy a meal together at lunch. It is better to work like this in my opinion. It strengthens the relationships among the group.
15. How has your knowledge of rabito changed?
I have seen some products for the first time, as all of them are not yet available for the customer. Some designs are very good and have a different aspect than the current products on the market.
16. How has your knowledge of Korea changed?
I have discovered and tried many things. On French TV, they often talk about Korea when there is a conflict with the North. Some people can’t even make the difference between the two parts.
It was interested to discover the culture, beyond the image they broadcast on TV.
There are so many things to see and to try, such as the food, the traditional monuments throughout the city, and the landscapes which are beautiful, even in Seoul.
Just to give an example : I have enjoyed the luxury to go mountain hiking in one of the most densely populated city, by simply taking the bus ! You can relax at only 10 minutes away from the city.
17. How did you feel about working during your first internship in rabito company?
I am glad that I came to work at Rabito, it was a really good experience. For real !
This was also my first internship in a foreign company, and even the first one in a trade company.
So I didn't really know what to expect before I came.
However, I felt good since the first time as the boss trusted me, and didn't give me simple and unattractive tasks, such as photocopying.
I enjoyed this internship and I have learnt many things that I will use in the professional world.
18. Nowadays, what are you doing in your country and school?
I have one month of holidays until I go back to school , in September. Then I will complete the second part of my trade diploma for one more year.