From the New York Jungle to a Motivational Coworking Center in Barcelona
|Amy in Gracia Work Center|
So far as an intern in Barcelona and in a coworking center, I have learned that being independent isn´t as valuable as working together. Born and raised in New York City, I grew up with the "survival of the fittest" mentality because NYC is indeed a jungle. Everything is a competition and everyone works by themselves and for themselves. It´s a fast-paced environment where you eat, sleep and work while you are walking from the train station to your office. So if you cannot keep up with the program then maybe New York isn´t the ideal workplace for you.
Coming to Barcelona I noticed the workplace entirely different. In my internship seminar class, we learned that people are more relaxed compared to the US. Walking into my internship, I observed casual attire and a mellow environment, which was something I was grateful for. As much as I want to gain experience working abroad, I also want to have fun so I am glad that Barcelona takes that into consideration. Everyone here was friendly, well they still are of course. I was offered free tea and crackers on the first day and was even taught how to use the machine for whenever I want to make it myself. Everyone gave me an explanation of the job they do and what was expected of me.
Within the first week, I realized the true meaning of coworking. Although I was still a little bit confused, I still got the main concept of it. Everyone here helps each other out and works as a unit, rather as contestants in a competition. They would walk together to the mini kitchen area, make tea, and have a break with small talk. Little things like that are what I appreciate the most about the work environment because you are aware that people are there for you to motivate you to do your job and to also keep you company; no one is out to get you or wish unsuccesful things upon you.
New York is still a wonderful place to work at and I see myself working there in the future. I am glad to have been born and raised with a New York mentality and have the NY ambition and drive, but sometimes experiencing life and work on the other side gives you a whole new perspective on your career and future.
Working in Barcelona is an incredible experience but working in a coworking center is like the sprinkles on an ice cream cone-- perfect.