Praneeth is a Mechanical engineer and he chose Slovakia as a destination for his Erasmus+ traineeship. After completing the traineeship as a Process improvement engineer, Praneeth returned to Germany to finish his studies. We asked Praneeth to kindly give us a short interview and you can read his Erasmus story below.
1, How did your story first begin and why did you decide to take an Erasmus+ internship in Slovakia?
At the beginning I was looking for an Internship in Germany, as I was student in one of the Germany Universities, but I was interested to work and explore the other part of the Europe. Wherein I came to know about Erasmus mobility in the University webpage and I started reading about various student’s feedback and experience. That motivated me to search for available Erasmus Program in Europe. When I was looking for Erasmus Exchange internship programs on internet, I found about the Placement Slovakia and I started looking for available position. I found one of the positions which I was looking for and applied as soon as possible. I had a Skype interview with the coordinator of the Team. The coordinator asked me a few questions and I also cleared my questions about the position. Based on my Interview performance, the coordinator scheduled the 2nd skype interview with the manager of the company and I finally landed with the internship that I was looking for my future.
2, Can you tell what responsibilities the company gave you at work?
The manager at the company was very friendly and polite. He gave me an option to select from the available projects and below are few of my tasks in the company.
• Developing the Pilot model of the Production planning system in Manual Assembly.
• Selection of the online Project management software based on the company’s Lean approach
• Improvement activities aimed at facilitation of Lean approach start in the company (Kaizen system design, Kaizen support activities) – team member
• Value Stream Mapping for Division of complex assemblies from sheet metal and profiles - team member
• Lean Shop floor Level Training Provision (Basic training about 8 types of waste) - team member
• Kaizen Event Workshop for Machining Dept. (5S, Layout, Material Flow) - team member
• Continuous Waste observation in the production
• 5S implementation in Manual Assembly Dept
3, What skills did you improve the most during your traineeship?
• Practical experience on the application of Lean tools in the start-up phase of Lean implementation in the company
• Knowledge of the obstacles in 5S implementation and experience in overcoming them
• Skills in Value Stream Mapping, Process Mapping (SIPOC diagram, flowchart, spaghetti diagram), 5S and 8 types of waste
• Practical experience with Toyota Kata approach
• Practical experience in WIP reduction and planning optimization in Manual Assembly Dept. (single unit production)
• Knowledge about the available planning and team collaboration software’s
4, What were your expectations and were they met?
I was expecting to apply my theoretical learning into practical and the company gave me an opportunity to experiment my ideas without any hesitation of failure.
The Position and the work which I carried out in the company were up to the mark of my expectations. If I get any opportunity again. I will be happy to work there.
5, Were there any tasks given to you that you had no idea how to complete? If so, how did you solve it?
I like taking up challenges and learn as much as possible. So, I never felt like I was assigned any task where I have no idea what to do.
6, How did you find out about our programme and how would you evaluate our assistance provided during your period here?
Firstly, I thank the Placement Slovakia team for giving me such a wonderful opportunity. The support and assistance were spontaneous whether it’s related to the landlord or with the company.The coordinator helped me from the day I arrived till the date I left the country.
7, What do you think of the life-style in Slovakia?
I think the life style of the Slovakia is like the other European countries, but it was quite different from my home land.
8, What did you find as the most different from your usual environment, country? Was there any culture shock?
I was shocked to have soup daily during lunch and dinner. The typical sweet dishes are quite tasty and different.
9, What did you like the best here in Slovakia?
I like my work in the company the most and the castles around the towns and the greener in the villages are amazing to me.
10, Did you have any work or social difficulties during your stay in Slovakia? If so, how did you solve them?
I didn’t have any difficulties at my work expect the language barrier as the people were shy to speak English. However, I would likt to thank my managers, who helped me to communicate with others.
11, What are your future plans after finishing the internship?
After my internship, I must go back to Germany and look for master thesis to complete my masters. Once I am done with my master, I will be looking for job in Europe.
12, Is there anything you would like to say to students still deciding whether or not to do an internship in Slovakia?
I just want to say that, if you have an opportunity to travel to Slovakia just do it. You won’t get the same opportunity again and again.