Interview Gabriel Jaffrès

Gabriel Jaffrès is a French student who has done an internship in Eindhoven, Netherlands. During 6 months, he worked for a consulting company named ICT Netherlands. A former IESE student, he talked with me about everything he noticed and was worth sharing during this period.

When he arrived in Eindhoven his only contacts were his coworkers but because he was working from home, he never had an opportunity to meet them. His advice if you want to make friends is to go out, into bars or just to walk in the streets, to talk to people and more important, to be happy while doing so. Gabriel explains that for him he mostly made friends at the skate park because he just talked easily there. Another thing you can do is to check if an Erasmus group is present in the city.
About the Dutch culture, Gabriel noticed that they are very close to German and northern countries except from the fact that Dutch people often talk about business. “I was in a party and after five minutes talking with a guy he asked: What is your salary? I have a big salary! I don’t like these countries because they have too many rules. I’m more interested in the USA because I want to fuck the system to get money!” Gabriel says that he heard a lot of Dutch talking about trading as well, way more than the French. He also noticed that they are really concerned about the ecology and that you could find vegetarian food very easily even in supermarkets.
Another big difference among our countries is that drinking alcohol in the streets is forbidden, which means the Dutch drink a lot less than us during the week but catch up every week ends.

Finally, Gabriel says that if you want to leave the country, just do it. Sometimes it can be hard but at the end you will realize that you have discovered so much about living and about people because you will not just meet local people but also people who are in the same situation as you are. No matter how hard it is for you, it will eventually be a very good and very rich experience.

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