Eva Oláhová is a business student from a small village near Bratislava in Slovakia. In school - Obchodna akademia Trnava - she specialises in economics, computer science, maths and bookkeeping. These skills landed her an internship as a receptionist at a London IT firm as part of Erasmus+ and our Internship Programme. But it's her ambitious and positive approach to the project that has prompted us to name her our Student of the Month. We spoke to the 19-year-old about how the trip has shaped her plans for the future.

Eva Oláhová in China Town, London.

Eva Oláhová in China Town, London.

What was the best moment of your trip?

I actually have two "best" moments. The first one is being on a plane for the very first time and the second one is when I met with my colleagues for the first time. Those memories will stay with me forever!

Where was your work placement and what was it like?

I did my work experience in an IT firm that offers IT training and courses for employed or unemployed people. Nowadays more and more people are looking for a job in IT and want to improve their skills. That is the reason why many of them visited our company every day to take a class or an exam.

What were your tasks?

My tasks included management of the reception area, which meant I was the first in line to take care of the students or exam candidates. I welcomed all the students, did registrations and directed them to the exam rooms. I also checked and filed documents and converted them digitally. Everything I've studied at school helped me to demonstrate my skills. I felt like a real member of the organisation.

How has this experience inspired you personally and professionally?

At the beginning of the trip I was quite afraid of working in a foreign company with people I did not know. But it all changed after the first day. My colleagues were very kind and helpful and treated me as a member of the team. The experience helped me to become more confident and open to new challenges.

What did you learn from the trip?

To work independently, carrying all the responsibility of the reception desk and dealing with things on my own. It was the most exciting thing about the experience and the biggest challenge ever.

What are your plans for the future?

I want to go to university and study English. After that, I'm considering working abroad, perhaps in London.

Eva 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.