What I Learned After 6 Months at Adidas

career, expat

Working for one of the biggest global players in the sports/fashion industry alongside an epic international team- how can you top that?

I had come to the end of one of the best chapters of my life. After 6 months of working the job of my dreams flew by, one big question was on my mind: What’s next?

This uncomfortable realisation reminded me of two previous adventures- when I studied abroad in Sydney, Australia (4 months) and later when I lived with my boyfriend in Hannover, Germany (6 months). These seemingly tiny increments of time were actually long enough to where I could make the most out of my adventure, but could also feel like my adventure was cut short- just when I had started settling in and feeling like I was on a roll.

At the beginning of my internship, I certainly did not expect to get along so well with my team- and was pleasantly surprised when they became pretty much like extended family for me. I also didn’t know how intimately tied I would become with the Adidas brand. It became much more than just a sports brand. I quickly realized that for me, Adidas (both as an employee at the headquarters and as a loyal consumer) is a lifestyle. Diving deep into the company history, I learned that the brand represents a passion for staying active, consistent innovation, and pushing the boundaries of the present by leading with the future.

Although I still can’t fully answer the question of what is next in my career, I am confident that my time at Adidas and all of the hard work I put in will pay off. If this experience taught me anything, it’s that anyone can achieve their dreams if they continue to persevere. This means, not only believing that you will get your dream job, but also matching that mindset with clear actions.

Here are a few tricks I use to stand out as a candidate during my job search:

  1. Maintain a great profile online so that when people see you, they immediately want to work with you (LinkedIn, social media, etc.)
  2. Ensure your resume AND cover letters align with the job description and the company branding.
    • Ask yourself, do they want to see a super creative CV?
    • Or, is a clear, detailed list of your certificates/skills more important?
  3. Networking is key! Don’t be afraid to reach out to family, friends, and previous colleagues to get some help during your application process.
    • One great way is to use LinkedIn to connect with people/companies you want to work with- but just make sure to be polite and not spam anyone!
  4. Apply, apply, and keep on applying!
    • As exhausting (and sometimes degrading) as the job search can be, you have to keep your options open, and don’t count on getting exactly the job you want- at least not right away.
    • Try creating an excel sheet or some kind of document to keep track of where you’ve applied, the status of the application, etc. This will help as interviews start coming around!
  5. Be realistic!!!
    • Keeping tip #4 in mind, you have to also make sure you are honest with yourself about whether or not you REALLY want to work at the places you’ve applied.
    • No matter where you end up working, make sure that it’s doing something you enjoy! There’s nothing worse than working somewhere you don’t even want to be.

The hard truth is, you may not be able to “top” these epic experiences of your life. But you have something to look forward to- you will always hold these adventures as reference points to help drive you forward in your quest for the next best thing.

Have you ever felt this way while living abroad as an expat, participating in a study abroad program, or during an internship/part-time role at a company you love? What were some of the ways you coped afterwards, and where are you now?

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