English and Economics graduate Luke joined us this summer for a three month, fully-paid internship. Now that he's back in Ireland studying again, we think it's high time to catch up with him about his London experience.
I finished my degree in May, and was eager to gain some practical business experience before beginning my master's in Dublin. I've always been interested in start-ups - and someday hope to start my own - so working at a rising start-up like Houst was a great opportunity. I also think the field Houst operates in is very interesting. The world of Airbnb home-sharing is a new-one, so we were the first ones to encounter some of the challenges we faced!
I worked on the Client Success Team which involved directly liaising with hosts and resolving any issues. This tested and improved my communication and relationship-building skills.
I was asked to contribute on solutions for wider operational issues too, so I left feeling more confident in my organisation, critical-analysis, and problem solving skills.
London vs. Dublin
Camden Hells or Guinness? If I suggested anything other than Guinness I could lose my citizenship.
A full English or full Irish? Has to be the full-Irish.
Thames or Liffey? Until I get to do a boat party on the Liffey, I'll vote Thames!
Hampstead Heath or Phoenix Park? I never made it to the Heath! But it's on my list for next time.
London office or Dublin office? Couldn't possibly choose.
Although my internship was quite busy I did manage to make the most of my time in London. I visited the Houses of Parliament, British Museum, the Sky Garden, and even reached as far as Stonehenge.
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Our brand new London office, based in Farringdon. We were voted one of the top 100 companies to escape to 2019![/caption]
I'm now studying for a master's in International Business Management at Trinity College Dublin. I feel that Houst was perfect preparation for it and I can apply the knowledge gained there to my course.
I am also working part-time at Houst’s Dublin office. I left Houst London on a Tuesday and was offered a job in the Dublin office the following week. If you show you want to work hard and learn they will absolutely reward you for that.
Beyond my master's I hope to enter a career in consultancy or get involved in the startup scene once again.
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