Ms. Tjaša Merkač, from Slovenia, Sales administrator trainee
I have done my Bachelor in the Marketing field at the School of Economics and Business at the University of Ljubljana in the capital of Slovenia. So, my hometown is not that far from Bratislava.
I love hiking, going outside, and getting some fresh air, that is also the way I like to spend my free time.
2.Why did you decide to take the Erasmus + internship opportunity? Why did you choose Slovakia?
It was my long-time wish to gain practical knowledge after I finish my studies (or in my last year).
I chose Slovakia as it is not that far from my home country but at the same time here you have more possibilities to work for international companies.
For me this was enough to challenge myself how would I manage my life in a foreign place and how quickly am I able to adjust to changes.
3. What were your main responsibilities and tasks while you were on the traineeship?
My duties were to automate the workflows for the financial teams and organize the database according the needs. Moreover, created reports, dashboards and developed new projects for the business.
4. Did you learn anything new in your field? Tell us bit more about your acquired skills and competencies.
I would say I am more confident not so afraid to ask for help or who is responsible for what. And mostly I do not take things too much to my heart anymore.
5. What was the most beneficial part of your work?
1 - Working within international company has its perks you have a feeling you are communicating all around the world :)
2 -would say mostly people that I've met :')
6. What was the most difficult part of your work life?
Probably "try to fit in" after a while you get used to it as I met new people there gain some new connections it was fine. But first month it was quite a challenge.
7. What would you say about Slovakia? Have you noticed any cultural differences between Slovakia and your country?
For me it has to be the food. Best pizza in town (Basilico) and burgers right from our flat (Roxor). But I would say that we are quite the same (we are all Slavic) and even though we say we are open and easily approachable, that is not the case. We are quite closed, you have to get to know a bit someone to lose up a bit.
8. How did Covid influence your life during the internship? Pros and cons?
It was a moment when I was a bit afraid. But it passed, we talked with roommates and it was much better. I would say from time to time I am a bit stressed out. But other than that it was mostly positive, I am more focused on myself.
9. Would you like to recommend anything to the newcomers?
Any kind of out of your comfort zone is a good challenge/experience to gain whichever county whichever position. I bet you will have fun and enjoy Bratislava if you decide on it.