Laura, PR Intern, Lithuania

"I am extremely grateful for this opportunity, it was one of the best decisions of my life."

Laura, PR Intern, Lithuania

Sebastian, Light Designer, Poland

"I received a very good support. The colleagues helped me with everything."

Sebastian, Light Designer, Poland

Quentin, IT Specialist, France

"The best part was the culture. It is very interesting and beautiful."

Quentin, IT Specialist, France

Shane, Financial Assistant, UK

"I told to myself: Why not to apply, why not to have a beautiful experience?"

Shane, Financial Assistant, UK

Arba, Financial Analyst, Albanian studying in Austria

"I was involved in different types of tasks and I was trusted to execute them independently."

Arba, Financial Analyst, Albanian studying in Austria

Lucas, Startup Project Coordinator, Brazil

"I’m enjoying the work; it meets my professional and academic background."

Lucas, Startup Project Coordinator, Brazil

Keerthi, Mechanical Engineer, India

"I received more then i expected. Keep up the good work, Placement Slovakia."

Keerthi, Mechanical Engineer, India

Emanuel, Accountant Trainee, Portugal

"I put theory into practise and I got to know financial activity of a large company."

Emanuel, Accountant Trainee, Portugal

Vitor, Executive Assistant, Portugal

"Please come! Do not stay at home; rather travel, meet new people and explore Slovakia."

Vitor, Executive Assistant, Portugal

Daniel, Online Marketing Operator, Spain

"What will I miss the most? My job, probably."

Daniel, Online Marketing Operator, Spain

Miguel, Web Developer, Portugal

"I met amazing people and fall in love with a city that I did not even know few years ago."

Miguel, Web Developer, Portugal

Monica, Marketing trainee, Indian studying in Austria

"I am treated as full-time employee, which is great."

Monica, Marketing trainee, Indian studying in Austria

Vinay, Mechanical Engineer, Indian studying in Germany

"It is fun to learn new things; language and to explore new places."

Vinay, Mechanical Engineer, Indian studying in Germany

Pedro, Industrial Engineer, Portugal

"I am having a blast here!"

Pedro, Industrial Engineer, Portugal

Joao Pedro, Communication Assistant, Portugal

"My colleagues have become my friends. What can be better?"

Joao Pedro, Communication Assistant, Portugal

Pablo, Mechanical Engineer, Spain

"I like the travelling opportunities Bratislava offers."

Pablo, Mechanical Engineer, Spain

André Lagos, Project Coordinator assistant, Portugal.

“A few days after my arrival, I was already feeling like home”

André Lagos, Project Coordinator assistant, Portugal.

Tahmina Mumtaz, Junior SAP specialist, Pakistan

"I believe that this experience will enable me to follow my future endeavours in a defined way, and nourish me professionally.”

Tahmina Mumtaz, Junior SAP specialist, Pakistan

 

Is with great pressure that we present to you the testimony of Nora. Original from Vietnam, Nora moved to Finland to continue her education. Nora took a change in Slovakia and started a internship in Boataround as a Digital Marketing trainee. At the end of her internship Nora got a job offer and she is moving for good to Bratislava. Let’s see what she has to say about her experience here. 

 

  

How did your story first begin and why did you decide to take an Erasmus+ internship in Slovakia?

I was a part of my degree program find a internship. I was looking for a place in Western Europe or other place not to far away. My university sent me a offer from Placement Slovakia, and I decided to give a try.

 

Can you tell what responsibilities the company gave you at work?

I start as a digital marketing trainee, however because is a start up company the marketing department is not that big, so I start to several tasks: Social media, website, marketing research and data analysis .

 

What skills did you improve the most during your traineeship?

Everything of “hands on skill” on marketing. I worked as a normal employee, so I learned so much. They gave me all the resources that I needed.

 

What were your expectations and were they met?

Work wise, exceeded my expectations, even though I was just a trainee I had a full work experience.

 

Were there any tasks given to you that you had no idea how to complete? If so, how did you solve it?

Working with the IT department, but they really helped me.

 

 How did you find out about our program and how would you evaluate our assistance provided during your period here?#

As a non-EU student, the documentation is really complicated, the communication with the agency it wasn’t the best all the time.

 

Do you have any suggestions or improvements to our placement program?

Improve the communication with the trainees. 

 

 What about Slovakia? What did you find as the most different from your usual environment, country? Was there any culture shock?

Coming from a post-communist country, I have to say that I don’t find a lot of differences. People here drink a lot.

 

10, What did you like the best here in Slovakia (food, place, cultural aspect, work…whatever you can think of)?

The cost of life is much cheaper than Finland for sure, is similar to Vietnam. I like Slovak food, however it can be very heavy.

 

Did you have enough time to travel and explore Slovakia and neighboring countries? Which places did you visit and what left the biggest impact on you?

I didn’t explore Slovakia much. I explore some neighboring countries, I went to Vienna, Budapest, Prague and other city in Czech Republic.

 

Which moment of your stay in Slovakia has been the most memorable for you?

We had great moments in the office for sure, however recently I meet nice people. A lady gave me her place in the supermarket queue because I had just a few things, I really felt accepted in this country.

 

What are your future plans after finishing the internship?

I’m staying here, I got a job offer from Boataround. I will start to learn Slovak.

 

Is there anything you would like to say to students still deciding whether or not to do an internship in Slovakia?

Be prepared with the paper work, specially for non-EU students. Be open to the experience. In the beginning I didn't had a good impression of Slovak people, but then, I meet nice people. One last thing, just explore Bratislava by night.