𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝘆 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝗜𝗨𝗣
Greeting! I’m Pattavisa Tangtrustham or you may call me Ta-kieng or TK.
I’m an IUP alumni of Kasetsart University in the Department of Electrical Engineering graduated in 2018. At that time, I also was selected as a student representative. I’m currently working as a Design & Development Engineer in Tokyo, Japan.
📌𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗼 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽?
I took the internship twice in Sweden and Japan. I was a research intern at Halmstad University in Sweden and the other was a Global internship program with TOSHIBA Corp. Tokyo, Japan.
📌𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝟮 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲? 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝘆 𝘁𝘄𝗶𝗰𝗲?
I took the internship at Halmstad University during the summer of my junior year according to requirement of the program. The reason to go there is because I wanted to practice my English in Europe and the research topics in the laboratory are interesting after discussion with research assistant there. Also, they allowed me the opportunity to do research in the topic that I wanted to. Although Kasetsart university and Halmstad University don’t establish a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) for internship , I got lucky to get introduced to one of the EE KU Alumni, who was studying Ph.D there and helped me to get the position.
In addition, I found the announcement of the Toshiba that offered internship positions to work in Japan. So, I sent the application and passed through some interviews until I got accepted. I consider myself highly privileged to have this opportunity. However, I needed to change from taking onsite learning to online classes when I worked in Japan but it provided new learning experience and culture like no other.
📌 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗶𝘁?
Two internships were completely different. The first one at Halmstad University was a research intern in which working time is flexible but you have to responsible yourself to get things done. Working with western culture is more relaxing, we had tea times every day and hang out with colleagues even in the weekend. I still keep in touch with them until now. On the other hand, my second internship in Japan is quite different. You will interact with colleagues apart from work only in the welcome or the farewell party. I would say the Japan culture is more professional when working. I learnt so many things and at the end I had to present what I did to CTO and CEO with a tight schedule because I had to study after work. In the end, my hard work paid off and I graduated on time with TOSHIBA job offer.
📌 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿?
After completing internship at Toshiba, I got job offered right after from the department that I interned with. Currently, I’m working as a Design and Development Engineer for Toshiba Infrastructure System & Solution Corp. in Tokyo, Japan. Working in Japanese culture is challenging when you don’t have experience but you won never know whether you can do. I challenged myself by being blind-folded into another spoken language and I’m survived. So can you!
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗶𝗽𝘀:
I suggest to actively check out the announcements. You may find some good opportunities for you. If you got a great opportunity, take it and believe in yourself.