Culture has a different meaning depending on the context in which one uses it. The Merriam Webster dictionary has several different meaning of the word itself, but the one I find most appropriate for the needs of this paper is, “A particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) Australia as a whole has its own unique culture, but Australia’s workforce has a culture of its own that makes it separate from that of America or any other country. From experience, I can say that the Australian and America...
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... me in his work at the ICJ, he allowed me to come with him to the Mental Health Review Tribunal twice, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance once, and work for Action Aid Australia twice. I was asked me to come to the ICJ meetings before I even started and constantly had me involved not just treating me like an intern who was there to grab coffee and take notes. He constantly checked up on me on Election Day to see how I was and took me out for lunch for my birthday. There is a more balanced work-life culture in Australia than in the United States and it makes for more dedicated workers who want to stay where they are. This internship has taught me so much about the world, Australia, and myself. At times it has been frustrating but I could not have asked for a better experience out of my internship in Australia. John has been an incredible mentor and I am sad to be leaving him.
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