Michael McGlashan was JobisJob’s summer work experience student in 2013. Find out more about this Californian native’s experience in and impressions of Europe:
Michael, where are you originally from and how did you arrive here?
I am originally from Los Angeles, California, and currently attend the University of Southern California. Barcelona had always been a dream of mine after my brother and sister shared stories of their visits, so after my second year in college I decided I would venture out here to work and explore Spanish culture. I can definitely say it was one of the best decisions of my life.
What are your career objectives?
My career objectives change all the time, but currently I have an interest in real estate; in the development aspect of it. Both my parents have worked in real estate their whole lives, which has fueled my interest in the industry.
What did you want to be when you were 5?
When I was 5, I had an obsession with being a firefighter. In my hometown, we have a parade every year where we honor our local police force and firefighters, and I remember watching the fire trucks drive down the street and thinking how cool it would be one day to be a fireman myself. Although I don´t have that same dream today, I still have a deep appreciation for what they do.
How was working in Europe for you, was there anything that surprised you in particular?
Working in Europe has been great; I have really enjoyed my time here. When I first applied, I had no idea what to expect and was a bit nervous, but it has definitely been a very positive experience for me.
How would you define European work culture, in comparison to America?
There is definitely a very different work culture coming from America to Europe. In America people are typically very strict and are very uptight the entire time. In Europe, I find that people enjoy each minute of the day and value little breaks throughout the day to talk to co-workers or have a snack/lunch. In America, I find that people move much faster and take less opportunity to take a healthy break during work.
Which three things did you miss most from the US?
The things I miss most about the US is Mexican food, my family, and my friends. In Los Angeles, I have a few restaurants that I absolutely love, like “Chipotle”, “King Taco” or the more local places such as “La Estrella” and “Burger Central”, based in Pasadena, California, which are basically 2 holes in the wall, but serve fantastic food. So when I return home, I will definitely be eating out quite often. I love the food here in Spain, but there are a few places in Los Angeles that I have a craving for. Also, I have not seen my family in two months, so the opportunity to see them in the next week is something I am looking forward to very much.
What is the first thing you are planning to do when you arrive back home?
As soon as I arrive in Los Angeles, I will take a trip to a local hamburger place called “In ‘N’ Out”. This is my favorite restaurant back home, and each time I arrive back from a trip I always stop to get a great burger. In my first few days, I will definitely take time to relax and visit the beach as well other local spots that I enjoy hanging out at.
JobisJob is… a tremendous company, with very motivated workers who work day-in and day-out to satisfy customers from around the world.
Europe is… a beautiful continent, full of rich culture, ancient history, and ongoing tradition.
We thank Michael for the support, effort and the outstanding performance he has demonstrated while working with us for the past two months. We wish you all the best in your future aspirations, both professional and personal, and hope you come back soon!