Anna-Lena and I at working in the co-working space at the Mallusk Enterprise Hub 

Welcome to my first blog:

My name is Johanna, I am from Austria and I am completing a one month traineeship abroad as an industrial clerk in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I started my traineeship on the 4th of March at Watson & Co. Chartered Marketing. Today marked the beginning of an exciting new chapter for me as I stepped into the Central Library in Belfast for the first time. With a mix of nerves and anticipation, I entered the grand building that would be my workplace for the next three weeks. As I walked through the doors, I was warmly greeted by Christine, who welcomed me with a friendly smile and a steaming cup of coffee. Her hospitality instantly put me at ease and set the tone for what would be an unforgettable experience. After that, Christine took the time to explain the tasks we would be doing during our three-week internship. 
I am conpleting the traineeship with a friend called Anna-Lena. We know each other from Austria and are really looking forward to experiencing things together.

Anna-Lena and I at Creative Space – the workspace of our Host Company in Belfast

welcome package from Christine


I have a number of different learning goals for my time here. To improve my English proficiency through daily interactions and learning more about marketing strategies. On the first week in Belfast, before we started with our host company, we completed an English Workshop. We learnt a lot of English. Secondly, I will have the chance to participate in a photo and video course hosted by Apple. I am really excited about the courses and hope to be a better photographer and videographer as a result. Apple Course:  Furthermore, I love to do social media posts but I would like to learn more about socia meda channel Instagram and what it can offer businesses. I hope to learn how to do my first Reel – my Trainer, Christine spoke of a ‘Use Template’ cheat for Instagram Reels that I am excited to try. Following my induction I am now interested in upskilling in the Canva platform, because the programme can offer so much in visual design.
Finally  I think the landscape of Northern Ireland and the culture is very interesting and beautiful and I am excited to experience more of the culture and learn also about the UK work culture. The working hours are very different to Austria and also remote working is not so prevalent.

Visiting Carrick-a-Rede



My name is Johanna and I came from Göstling an der Ybbs in Austria. Currently, I´m 18 years old and I am doing an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk at Bene GmbH. When I’m not at work, I play the flute in the local music orchestra. I also enjoy simply hanging out with friends or family, I cherish every moment spent with those I hold dear. You can follow me on Instagram and LinkedIn.

My Trainer Christine Watson.


Watson & Co. Chartered Marketing is a marketing consultancy and training company established by multi award winning and industry experienced Chartered Marketer Christine Watson in April 2005. Christine and her team of talented Chartered Marketers, SOSTAC Certified Planners and Licensed Trainers will work with your business to deliver creative and effective marketing and customer service solutions designed to deliver optimal results. Passion, enthusiasm and an abundance of innovative, cost effective results driven ideas are sure fire every time you come into contact with a Chartered Marketer from Watson & Co. Chartered Marketing.


At you can find all different types of learning opportunities. Free or paid, online and Face-to-Face Courses, categorized by topics so that you easily and quickly find what you are interested in or a brand-new topic to inspire your next learning journey. exists to inspire learning. Training Matchmaker was founded by my Trainer: Chartered Marketer Christine Watson. She has been a Licensed Trainer for over 10 years. Delivering training to over 1,000 individual clients herself personally, Christine understands first-hand the desire to have all seats on a training course filled as well as the juggling and time pressures of trying to develop a training business whilst at the same time delivering energetic training to delegates.


WorldHost is a world-class training programme that helps organizations deliver excellence in customer experience. Trusted globally, the programme is delivered through an innovative, human and transformative approach. Over one million customer-facing staff have been trained on WorldHost customer service programmes.


Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. The 2021 – 2027 programme places a strong focus on social inclusion, the green and digital transitions, and promoting young people’s participation in democratic life. It supports priorities and activities set out in the European Education Area, Digital Education Action Plan and the European Skills Agenda. The programme also supports the European Pillar of Social Rights, implements the EU Youth Strategy from 2019 till 2027 and develops the European dimension in sport.


Intern Europe is a Belfast organization working closely with European partners in delivering mobility projects in the framework of and Erasmus+ Lifelong Learning Programmes. Intern Europe manages all aspects of participants’ mobility and work placements.  As part of their mobility programmes, Intern Europe offers quality accommodation in self-catering apartments shared by participants from different countries, as well as homestay accommodation in local families.

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