Intern Insights: Week 10

What’s your biggest take-away from the internship? And how will you use it in the future?

By Tim Ludlow | Cleveland, OH
During these last few months, I have learned so many essential lessons that I will use for the rest of my life. The biggest lesson that comes to mind is simply the business etiquette. Coming into this internship, I had no formal “office/white collar” work experience. Needless to say, I had no idea what to expect on the first day. Luckily, I was in good hands at Dwellworks, as they carefully molded each one of us into young people with knowledge of this previously foreign world. Read More »

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Average Asking Prices of One Bed Flats in London

New, stylis apartment building.

London has some of the highest rental prices in the world. The cost of renting a one bedroom flat has rocketed in recent years meaning that many corporate expatriates find that their budgets will only stretch to a flat-share, rather than buying them their own space in the capital. Read More »

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Intern Insights: Week 9

Tell us about something you learned through the group project.

By Tim Ludlow | Cleveland, OH
In today’s business world, teamwork and communication are essential to a project’s success. The Dwellworks interns have been working on a project with these same ideas in mind. The goal of the project is to create a relocation service company similar to Dwellworks with a focus on appealing to the millennial generation (those born between the early 80’s and late 90’s).
While I have completed many group projects in school, they are often disorganized and procrastinated. I have learned what it truly takes to complete a successful project in a business setting. First, I have learned that communication is a necessity, as it ensures everyone remains updated through each step. We communicate through email every day, share ideas via Google Docs, and hold weekly meetings every Monday. This constant communication is important because even the smallest of details need to be elaborated upon and discussed. We have all shared great responsibility and worked as a team. We do not have one “leader” so to say, but every person is equally involved and can take control of a meeting when necessary. Read More »

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Personal Lease v. Corporate Lease

Houses in the City of London

Despite a trend in the UK in favour of “personal leases” (where an employee is the named tenant) rather than “corporate leases” (where an employer is the named tenant), a large number of companies continue to prefer corporate leases. Read More »

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European Leadership Team Expansion

Rhonda Olsen

Rhonda Olsen

Dwellworks welcomes Rhonda Olsen as our new Vice President, Operations in Europe. Based in the London area, Olsen will be responsible for managing our service delivery operations in Germany, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom. Olsen brings more than 15 years of mobility industry experience, most recently as Group Sales Marketing Director at Robinsons Relocation, where she managed the relocation, sales and marketing divisions of the business. Read More »

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Update: Department of Motor Vehicle Changes in California

california-dmv (1)The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has made several policy changes in the last six months.  This past January, we published “Update: Driver License Application in California” to inform driver’s license applicants about the implementation of formal appointments for first-time drivers and proof of California residency when going to the DMV. Further policy changes have been implemented since our last update. Read More »

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Intern Insights: Week 8

Tell us something you learned through the group project.

By Emma Gallagher | Cleveland, OH
Entering week eight of this internship means to me that I no longer feel like a stranger in the office. Well-executed outfit choices are declining, knowing where to park so that the parking attendant doesn’t yell at me is increasing, and I finally know how to be productive in a group meeting. Being a business major, I have been placed in groups multiple times for projects and presentations. Most kids think going into college, “Awesome, this group projects mean less work for me.” It’s not until after the first group project that these same kids realize, “wow, people are lazy.” Learning how to work in a group effectively has been a huge challenge in my schooling because I have always seemed to end up with simply the wrong set of people. Whether they pawn off their work, wait until the last minute to complete their slides, or just flat out do not participate, I’ve seen every case scenario. Read More »

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Short Term Pain for Long Term Gain

When is the right time to take action? Unfortunately, I think we all too often answer that question with “tomorrow.” I will start my diet after this ice cream sandwich… I will start my workout regime after my nap… We should wait to roll out the new system until we get through the busy season… Etc. Not taking action always feels easier in the moment. I know that my day is already pretty busy, so the prospect of embarking on a major initiative can often seem a little daunting. I may be sitting on a great idea, but I struggle to bring it up in the team meeting because I don’t want my coworkers to think I am crazy. If I don’t start training for the big race then I won’t have to suffer through the sore muscles for the next few weeks. Read More »

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U.K. & U.S. Exchange: Fran’s First Impressions

As part of the U.K. & U.S. Exchange of Destination Service Associates, Marie and Fran share their experiences of work and culture in the foreign country. To read Marie’s First Impressions, click here.

My first impressions are two-fold, as I have been to both the Cleveland and Detroit Offices.

Dwellworks

The Dwellworks’ Entrance

Cleveland
The location of the building is right next to Playhouse Square, Cleveland’s Theatre District, which is a great location Downtown (City Centre). The building is unlike anything I expected. It’s quite corporately laid out, but it has everything you need for a growing business. The office is on two floors that holds quite a few sectors (IT, HR, Property Management, etc.) of the company which is wonderful to see and meet all the pieces of the Dwellworks puzzle. It has a more corporate feel here: this could be due to the large size of the office, high ceilings, and/or wider desks. There is less interaction between the staff on a day-to-day basis but this is due to the physical space and layout. However, everyone is extremely friendly and always says hello every morning. Everyone is very supportive and help each other during this busy summer period. It’s great to see everyone busy at their desks sorting out the Destination Service Consultants (DSCs) and files. Read More »

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U.K. & U.S. Exchange: Marie’s First Impressions

As part of the U.K. & U.S. Exchange of Destination Service Associates, Marie and Fran share their experiences of work and culture in the foreign country. To read Fran’s First Impressions, click here.

truro

Truro, UK

When I arrived to Truro, I had no idea what to expect from my new temporary home, colleagues, and office space. At first glance, the actual office buildings and cities are very different. In Detroit, the Dwellworks office is right off a highway in an office building next to other office buildings. To get to work, I have nearly an hour-long commute in mostly bumper-to-bumper traffic. However, Detroit is a great spot to be in; it is close to other cities in Michigan with things to do all the time, especially in the summer! Read More »

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