Antonio from Spain, International recruiter trainee in Lenovo
Let´s hear the testimony of Antonio, most known as Tonito :). Coming from Castellón de la Plana, Spain, Tonito graduated in Psychology, then specialized in Work and Organizational Psychology and Human Resources. He then decided to do internship as a next step, and since September 2019 he worked as an International recruiter trainee in Lenovo.
Why did you decide to do an Erasmus+ internship?
“I was on Erasmus previously in my Bachelor, but it was only for study. I wanted to experience also the Erasmus+ internship, to increase my skills for future employment. I checked different companies for different opportunities abroad, and I liked this opportunity the most”.
Antonio already experienced HR department so it wasn’t a big surprise from the professional point of view. Despite that it was a new experience for him.
“For my position, in Talent Acquisition, I didn’t have great expectations. I kind of had an idea what is this position about, since I have some experience in processes of recruitment and talent acquisition already. I also wanted to discover new country; it was my first time in Slovakia. I get to know so many people, at the end; I think my expectations were met.”
Did you learn anything new in your field? Tell us bit more about your acquired skills and competences.
“I was familiar with most of the tasks thanks to my previous experience. Still I learnt a new way to make it, by using different tools for example. I gained more confident in myself and my way of working with people. I really believe I have increased my skills when it comes to team work and other soft skills.”
What was the most pleasant part of your work life?
“There were many things I enjoyed; working on my own vacancies from the scratch, team buildings and communication improvement, I got chance to participate in additional training, etc.”
What is the most interesting thing about Slovakia? Have you noticed any cultural differences between Slovakia and Spain?
“This wasn't my first time in a Central European country, so I knew what to expect and it didn't surprise me, nor shocked me. I must say I spend more time with other international people, so I didn't get many chances to get to know local citizens better. What I have noticed in fact is, that I found Slovaks more reserved in their social behaviour, so it's not so natural and spontaneous to meet up with them. However, the one I got chance to meet with, are amazing people. I'm just more used to closer approach.”
What did you like the most about Slovakia?
“I would lie if I didn’t say Halušky, I tried Bryndzové halušky (traditional Slovak dish) in the first week and I like it very much.”
What was the most pleasant part of your Erasmus+ internship experience in Slovakia?
“I would say discovering the country and gatherings with the international people.”
Would you like to recommend anything to the newcomers?
“Learn as much as possible, and take any chance to meet with the interns and the local people.”
Tonito returned back to Spain where he will look for new job opportunities or maybe some volunteering experiences.
We wish you all the best with your future opportunities.