(written by Rieke Oeldorf, Germany, Clickworker since August 2010)
When I got the opportunity to do an internship in London at the end of last year, I jumped at the chance. I was in my third year at a full-time position and needed a change of scenery. This chance came just at the right time.
Unfortunately, it was clear from the beginning that the internship would be unpaid. I had neither large financial reserves nor did I have a sponsor to pay my way. I began to look for something I could do alongside my internship. After seemingly endless forms, phone interviews, deadlines and signatures, I was promised the internship position for three months.
Now, London – as many know – is a pricey city and the cost of living there can make a German fully appreciate the relatively low costs back home. And there were still the simple things I had to sort out: rent, subway, food. Luckily, as a clickworker, I have the opportunity to earn a little extra on the side. All I needed was a computer, an Internet connection and a bunch of good ideas. Since my internship was only part-time, I had open afternoons and evenings to do research, translate and write. My language skills are now working out quite well for me and this metropolitan city is a great place to explore and form ideas.
I´m glad to have had this London experience and know that being a clickworker has helped make it possible. There´s even enough money left over for another portion of fish and chips.
(Image by flickr user Salim Virji)