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

Atanas Shorgov started his Erasmus+ traineeship with Placement Slovakia in June 2017. He came for the full year and stayed even longer. His host company was very satisfied with his work as a Marketing specialist and offered him a full time job contract after completing his traineeship. We are very happy about this successful traineeship outcome and below you can watch our interview with Atanas as well as read what he has to say about his experience.

 

Watch the video interview HERE

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

I graduated in Glasgow, Scotland with a marketing degree which I wanted to follow with some practical experience. My online search led me to Placement Slovakia which was offering an interesting position for a candidate with a business background. I didn’t know much about Slovakia, but the opportunity came in the right moment and I decided to go after it. 
 
2, Can you tell what responsibilities the company gave you at work?
 
The responsibilities included various marketing activities: email marketing, blog posting, conducting interviews with people for the blog, creating websites with WordPress, and more.  My responsibilities grew over time and I was gradually given more tasks to complete.

3, What skills did you improve the most during your traineeship?

I would say organizing and analytical skills from the day-to-day work activities. Attention to detail was also an important part of my role. Of course, you can’t go without teamwork and communication between colleagues and partners.

4, What were your expectations and were they met?

I expected to learn something from the job and have some fun in Slovakia. I think I managed to do both to a good extent.
 
5, Were there any tasks given to you that you had no idea how to complete? If so, how did you solve it?

There were different things that I didn’t know how to do at first. Working with specific email marketing software, for example, or creating websites on WordPress, were tasks I needed help with. I had a supervisor who has always been helpful with giving advice and instructions. Any of my colleagues would also not shy away of helping if I ask.
 
6, How did you find out about our programme and how would you evaluate our assistance provided during your period here?

I found about the programme by searching for internships online. The interview process happened very quickly and the assistance was on point. Great advantage for every intern is that Placement Slovakia finds accommodation for you and you don’t need to worry about anything.
 
7, Do you have any suggestions or improvements to our placement programme?

You can keep partnering with more companies so interns have a variety of choice for positions.

8, What do you think of the lifestyle in Slovakia?
 
I enjoyed it very much. It is similar to the lifestyle in Bulgaria, and also a little different, but I didn’t feel far away from home. You have everything needed in terms of restaurants, bars, clubs and places to go around. I’ve met a lot of nice and awesome people from Slovakia.

9, What did you find as the most different from your usual environment, country? Was there any culture shock?
 
I’ve travelled around a fair bit, so I’m not so easily shocked. There are small differences between cultures that you notice with time which is part of the experience abroad. I adapt quickly to environments and didn’t have problems with the life here. Also, I’m still here after the internship which is telling. 

10, What did you like the best here in Slovakia?

It’s probably a combination of culture, food, city and the people I have met during my stay. I’ve had a lot of positive experiences and emotions and really not so many difficulties.
 
11, Did you have any work or social difficulties during your stay in Slovakia? If so, how did you solve them?

I would ask colleagues for assistance when I had any difficulties at work. The social circle of interns that come through Placement Slovakia has always been great. Some friends have left, but then you meet with newcomers. You can discover some new friendships.
 
12, Did you have enough time to travel and explore Slovakia and neighbouring countries? Which places did you visit and what left the biggest impact on you?

I travelled enough going to several cities in Slovakia, together with neighbouring countries such as Austria, Czech Republic, and Poland. If you enjoy travelling, here’s the place. I’d recommend High/Low Tatras as a place to visit in Slovakia. Mountains with a great nature and many hiking paths to be walked which made it one of my favorite destinations.

13, Which moment of your stay in Slovakia has been the most memorable for you?
 
The moments I spent with newly made friends in a café, club, mountain or anywhere.

14, What are your future plans after finishing the internship?

I continue on a full time contract with the company I had internship in. The plans are to stay in Slovakia some more and then will see.
 
15, Is there anything you would like to say to students still deciding whether or not to do an internship in Slovakia?

Sometimes you got to take a chance.

Read and watch an interview with Atanas who stayed in Slovakia even after completing his traineeship.