Saying goodbye to our English assistant Jools
Sadly enough, our English assistant Jools Bellas is leaving this week, so we held a final interview, reflecting on his time in Austria. Jools is studying German and Spanish at the University of Edin-burgh, as a part of his University programme he had to spend one year abroad in Spain and Aus-tria.
Why did you decide to be an English assistant in Austria?
I speak a better German than Spanish. I wanted to do something different than studying and earning some money. It’s a really good experience. It looks good on my CV. I was teaching for the first time and it went pretty well.
What did you do in Austria when you didn’t work?
I’ve travelled around a lot. I’ve visited many different cities. I’ve made some friends from all over Europe who are in Erasmus. The best part of Erasmus is meeting so many people from so many different countries.
Why did you choose Austria over Germany?
Austria is a flexible country in Erasmus terms. The work culture is better. It’s a country many people don’t know much about, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised. The food is amazing, I’ll miss it. There are a lot of opportunities to travel around. I enjoy the scenery. In Austria you’re not too far away from everywhere. The people made me feel very welcome, the co-teachers and the students who were all nice. I like the mountains and lakes.
How did you like teaching?
I was impressed by how well people speak English. English people usually
don’t learn a second language. The Austrians are better than the Spanish! The pupils behave better than in the UK, even in good schools. I think the students taught me a lot as well. I’ve never-thought about teaching, but now I consider it. It’s easier to do discussions with people of your age.
What do you want to do after having finished your studies?
I want to work as a translator in the technology sector. You have to have something to specialize in. I think the start-up-culture is great and I want to work there.
What do you do expectt from working?
I enjoy reading. It’s been a lot of German literature, because of my studies. (A lot of the time I’ve spent drinking with my friends, there are a lot of nice places). I have to enjoy this weather as long as I can.
What will you do after going back to the UK?
I’m going to fly to Spain and meet my friends. Then I’m going to enjoy my summer back in Edinburgh. Then I’ve to get back to studying. The first day I’ll have an English curry. I’ll be seeing my little brother doing a concert. Brexit is my own hell.
Johannes Oberhamberger, Stefan Grafinger, PR Group 2017/18