Léa MAzzola City Language School student

Léa’s Journey from Grenoble to the Guinness Storehouse

Léa Mazzola from Grenoble in France joined City Language School on our English & Work Placement EU Programme in January 2024. 

When she first arrived in Dublin, she planned to stay for six months. That was before she experienced the joys of living in the Irish capital where she has just landed a job with one of the city’s most iconic brands.

“I got a job in the Guinness Storehouse,” says the 23-year-old. “I will be working in the retail department. I’m very happy with that. I signed a contract for one year. At the start of my time here I wanted to stay just six months but I want to have fluent English so I’m staying longer.”

Léa says that she chose Ireland to improve her English because it was “in the EU and was easier than going to the UK”.

“It’s also close to my country,” she says, “so I know that if I need to go home for a few days I can.” 

Léa with Sam Kirwan from City Language School

“This was my first time in Dublin and I think it is a lovely city,” she continues. “It is safe and people are friendly. I am staying with a host family in Kill (Co Kildare) and they are very nice to me but I am moving closer to Dublin soon.”

Léa recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Development Management. She hopes to work for international companies and of course she will need good English for that.

On arriving, her English was already at a very high standard but she says that her two months with City Language School has really brought to a new level.

“The school was nice. We learned all the basics in English and I feel that I improved,” she says. “There was a good mix of students from Spain, Brazil, Mexico and other countries. The teachers were very nice. I started in B1 with John and then I moved up to B2 with Thiago. There weren’t too many students in the class so it was easy to talk and if we had questions we could ask the teacher.”

“The lessons here were better [than at home in France] because they are more specific,” she explains. “In France, during my studies after high school I was with some students who were strong and others who were not so strong in English, so it was difficult for the teachers to adapt to everybody in the classroom. Here, everybody in the group is at the same level so it is easier to improve and to progress.”

Being part of City Language School’s Work Placement Programme meant that Léa was given guidance and help on every step of her journey to finding a job in Dublin. 

“Sam was a great help with my C.V. and my cover letter,” says Léa. “He helped me with all of that and he even helped with my preparation for the interview. Everyone at reception was very kind. If I had a question it was easy to ask and everyone helped me with all my inquiries.”

“As part of the Work Placement Programme, we help put CVs together and cover letters,” says Sam Kirwan, Student Experience Officer at City Language School. “We give workshops on communication and presentation skills, interview techniques and preparation and we prepare practice scripts for approaching employers.”

“Léa was great to work with. It’s easy to help students when they are so enthusiastic about improving their skill set and getting experience. I know Léa will do very well at the Guinness Storehouse and we were delighted to help her.”

Sam’s help turned out to be key to Léa getting the job with Guinness. The Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s busiest tourist attraction so Léa can expect to be kept on her toes. She starts next week. 

We wish her all the best of luck.

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