On our first trip we move over 1500 kilometers to visit our student Samuel García, coursing “Computer Systems and Networks” and you are making the module FCTs in Bratislava (Slovakia). Let's see first hand impressions:
Hi samuel! Where are you made the practice? What kind of company?
I am making practices in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, and in particular, a multinational computer software company that has one of its main offices here.
What tasks are you going to do, or have you already done?
My tasks consist mainly assist the remote technical support team Slovakia centralized system handling the case and tickets with your assignment, and perform other specialized tasks like entering customer servers to perform checks or resolve such cases.
Why did you decide to take an Erasmus + placement?
I think making practices Erasmus + offers a great opportunity to test you personally and improve languages. Moreover, know new cultures, custom, foods, places and even ways of working. For me it is very interesting to observe firsthand as working in a fully international environment in my case, and I think you learn much more about any subject (work, interactions, ways of living…) In a place so different.
It is not easy to find language? A high level you required?
I was surprised that, even making practices in a country such as Slovakia, It is very easy to communicate with everyone. At work, to be present so many different nationalities and by its very nature, everything is done in English. Outside it, It is not very difficult to get along with people, even in cases where others do not speak English. I do not think that a very high level required; In fact, as you make the switch to another language quickly get used and you learn much faster by the need itself. I'm also learning (slowly) some basic Slovak vocabulary “just in case”.
What have you found most striking so far?
Until now, the schedules. From working hours to mealtimes or go out normally, everything is completely different, but it did not cost me anything adapt to it (in fact, I think suffer more with schedules again as Spain).
What advice would you give to your colleagues who are thinking of doing an Erasmus + next year?
Prepare the languages for at least an intermediate level, and not overly worry about the trip, procedures, the job, etc. In the pre- and post-trip I was pretty nervous weeks (three months living abroad is a big change), but after ten days and the arrival to the country and I have become accustomed to change and nerves have passed. I've even gotten used to the European schedule (something I thought impossible).
Summarize your experience so far in one sentence:
Is an experience that possibly only live once, and personally I think also a maturity test and an opportunity to escape the everyday.
Thank you very much for attending, Samuel. Enjoy the experience!