Shivam Lakum is a student of Scientific instrumentation at the University in Jena, Germany. Originally coming from India and after spending a few years in Germany, he decided to experience something new and this led him to Slovakia. Shivam arrived in January and those 5 months he spent here gave him an opportunity to experience a lot. Read more about his traineeship as a machine designer in the following article.
1, How did your story first begin and why did you decide to take an Erasmus+ internship in Slovakia?
It began when I completed my 2nd semester and started searching for an internship.I had Mandatory internship in the 3rd semester. One of My seniors in my university suggested me Placement Slovakia. So,I visited Placement Slovakia website and found one good internship program in Nitra. So, I applied in December and started my traineeship in mid of January.
2, Can you tell what responsibilities the company gave you at work?
My main task was in research and development department which are following below:
• Development of new Oil separator and multi direction sliding assembly for Ultrasonic Machine Line.
• Constructed engineering procedures and documents such as BOM and Design Specification, 2D Drawings for manufacturing.
3, What skills did you improve the most during your traineeship?
Communication skill, Team Work, work independently, Machine designing, 3D - Design Software
4, What were your expectations and were they met?
My expectations were to enhance my skills and to prove myself to be a good team player in the team. Also, I expected good support from the team and I was astonished afterwards. I have been given excellent support at every moment in both the projects. Thus, I can say that the team outgrew my expectations.
5, Were there any tasks given to you that you had no idea how to complete? If so, how did you solve it?
Of course, they gave me lots of complicated tasks but with the help of another colleagues and supervisor, I solved it.
6, How did you find out about our program and how would you evaluate our assistance provided during your period here?
Placement Slovakia offered me a good and helpful assistance from day one until the end of my placement. I want to thank Diana for her support during my application process and later during my whole stay in Nitra.
7, Do you have any suggestions or improvements to our placement programme?
No. All is perfect on my view.
8, What do you think of the life-style in Slovakia?
Slovak people are simple and a bit introvert. Other than that, in my opinion the life-style in Slovakia was like the other European countries.
9, What did you find as the most different from your usual environment, country? Was there any culture shock?
In the beginning I had problems with the language and meeting new people but in time I realized they are very nice and welcoming people. Taking vast interest in other cultures.
10, What did you like the best here in Slovakia?
Food was very good and healthy, better than expected. People in Slovakia respect every culture as mentioned earlier. There are many worth visiting places like High Tatras and other mountain peaks. The work environment is very friendly.
11, Did you have any work or social difficulties during your stay in Slovakia? If so, how did you solve them?
At first, I thought I would have many problems there getting socially involved due to language barrier but in turns my colleagues helped me a lot.
12, 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 had a lot of time in the weekends to visit many places. I went to Croatia, Hungary and Austria. In Slovakia I visited Bratislava,Trnava, Trencin and many other local places.
13, Which moment of your stay in Slovakia has been the most memorable for you?
During my time in Nitra I have made many Slovak friends and talking to them about culture, work and life balance made me think of the people and life in a different way. That made a significant impact on me.
14, What are your future plans after finishing the internship?
Now I am back to my University in Germany where I will finish my master thesis.
15, Is there anything you would like to say to students still deciding whether to do an internship in Slovakia?
In short, I would like to say to those people who are thinking about it to give it a shot and go. You never know what great new things are waiting for you in Slovakia.