Name: Peter Christian Süßmeier
Department: Membership, Events and Communication
Internship period: 01.10.2018 – 31.01.2019
Motto: “Pessimists are right, optimists are having fun”
Hello Peter, it is a pleasure to have you with us! Give us a brief introduction about yourself. Please also let us know the three most proud things you have done.
Sawasdee krub! I am 24 years old and grew up roughly 30 km northeast of Stuttgart. I currently study Economics and Business Management at the University of Würzburg. When I just turned 19, I left home to travel for 1.5 years. During this thrilling time, I developed my strong interest in the south and southeast Asian region.
As I have done so many things to be proud of, it was hard to decision which to mention first. Here are my top three: Shortly before the tensions between the US and North Korea got worse, I smuggled some tasty Franconian beer into North Korea. A couple of years ago I managed to take a tuk-tuk without being overcharged and recently I walked over Khao San Road without having a beer or a bucket.
Why did you decide to apply for the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce? Why for a Chamber in general and why Thailand in particular?
An internship with a foreign Chamber of Commerce helps to get a deep insight into a country’s economy, the business culture and the present political situation. Thailand and especially Bangkok has a fast-changing business environment with its own cultural characteristics making it a very interesting and fascinating place to work and live. For me, as a German national, it was obvious to apply for the German Chamber of Commerce.
It isn’t your first “long stay” in Bangkok and Thailand. What have you planned on doing differently this time?
I had a great time during my first “long stay” in Thailand as an exchange student at the International College of Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep, where I had spent 5 months. Afterwards, I realised that I could have learned more about the culture and the people of the country. So, this time I will use more of my free time to study Thai as well as to do activities like Muay Thai boxing. Studying the language of a country is a great tool to really learn and understand about the people.
How were your impressions of your first weeks at GTCC? What were the main differences compared to working in Germany?
I am very grateful that my first weeks at GTCC started off very well. Of course, I was immediately impressed by the beautiful office space GTCC is located in. In Thailand, the atmosphere at work is extremely positive and welcoming. Thai employees seem to have much more fun at work and even when they have a lot of work, they will always find some time to smile and laugh.
What would be your plan after your GTCC internship?
Straight after the internship, I have to head back to Germany to pass my last university exam followed by writing my bachelor thesis. Afterwards, I hope I will have another chance to do an internship abroad before enrolling for a master programme.