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.