Adriána Gazdíková is a 19-year-old Business student from Slovakia. In the past month, she flew to London to gain work experience in her field and further her dream of a career in marketing with the Internship Programme. She was placed here with us at ADC College. This is her story.
My time in London was great. I lived with a host family, which was perfect. They totally took care of us and made us feel welcome. By conversing with us, they made us more confident speaking English. I had a lot of fun with my friends there too. After work, we met for coffee to talk about our day and relax.
In my free time back home, I like going out with my friends, reading books, shopping and travelling. That's why I wanted to take part in The Work Experience Programme. I had never been to London before and it seemed like a good opportunity for me to gain new language skills, work experience and get to know new people.
I'm very satisfied that I got the work placement at ADC, because I enjoyed the tasks they gave me. Also, people there are lovely: they're very open and made an effort to talk to me.
At the beginning of my work placement, I did market research and used my knowledge of working with Excel and Word. Later, I analysed the students' feedback forms, scanned and filed documents and edited the old layout of the documents. The tasks were clear and I had no problems with them. I also learned about the steps and preparation before students arrive in London. I can imagine working in a similar industry in the future.
I've learnt a lot from the trip, but my biggest achievement is that I can take care of myself and feel independent in a country I have never been to before. Being in ADC work environment also helped me to communicate in English more than I'm used to.
The most exciting thing about working and living in a new country was the people I met and learning more about their lives. I also liked going to work and facing new challenges every day. Going to the city center to sightsee was one of my favourite moments of the trip. I saw places and monuments, which I only previously knew from pictures. It was amazing to see the city with my own eyes.
My plans for the future are now becoming clearer. I would like to study Marketing Management in Denmark. I have been working towards that goal since September and I hope I'll achieve it. It's a huge opportunity for me. I would also like to see more beautiful places in the world.
Adriána visited London through our Internship Programme, a project eligible for EU funding. Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about what we do and how to get funding. Call a Country Manager today on +44 2084249424 or send us a message.