Coline Raguénès | New life in Berlin and intern at KMGNE

Working at KMGNE

Photo_ColineComing to Berlin to work at KMGNE is really exciting for me. It’s like taking a leap into the unknown. All is new, the city first, but also the people, the custom, and last but not the least the language. Before coming I had no idea what to expect even if I tried to guess. Even for the work, I had so many questions in mind. I can say that every day here is a new discovery.

KMGNE is a great opportunity for me. Opportunity to discover a new culture and way of working, to take part into different projects all dealing with climate change and sustainable development but in different ways, but also to broaden my skills.

I am not an expert in climate change and sustainable development but I am eager to learn more about it and new ways of communication.

In the past

After a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management, I couldn’t come with a precise idea of what I wanted to do for the next years. Therefore I thought that a gap year would be a great idea, I would have time to think about my future but also to discover and open-up my mind to a new and unknown culture.  Another benefit was that I would improve my English.

Then I had to choose the destination… Instantaneously, Australia came to my mind. I always dreamt of discovering this country / continent. There I learnt to be able to leave my comfort zone in my everyday life. This was my first long experience abroad on my own. I had such an amazing time there and met some extraordinary people. Since then I can’t stop thinking about discovering some more countries and cultures.

Eventually, I came up with the idea of working in the field of European and International projects which will allow me to work in cooperation with different countries on the same project; and also to share and compare different points of view.

Taking part into an INTERREG project last year strengthen this idea. The project, called Local Wood Hub, dealt with sustainable development and enhancement of local-forest wood field. There, I had the chance to meet different stakeholders and to see the importance of working in cooperation. Indeed it can led to good practice and learning opportunities thanks to intercultural exchange of experience.

Now I can’t wait to contribute to the projects and to learn more every day.