Eva Oláhová is a Slovak student who took part in the Internship Programme more than a year ago, interning as a receptionist at an IT company in London. We were curious to find out what she has been up to since then. Did her Erasmus+ journey influence her life in any way? What has the experience taught her? We reached out to the 20-year-old to see if her passion for the English language lives on.
My name is Eva and I live in a small village near our beautiful capital Bratislava. At the moment, I attend Academy of Commerce in Trnava, Slovakia. It is my final year, which means I'm preparing for exams.
It has been more than year since I was in London for the Internship Programme. Being on my own in a foreign country has affected me in very positive way. It has always been my dream to experience life abroad and use my communication skills in a foreign language. I cannot deny the fact that I have become much more self-confident in speaking English and presenting my own ideas and opinions in front of other people.
I completed my work experience at an IT company. My duties involved managing the reception area and being the first line of contact with customers. During those fourteen days, I felt honoured to meet people from different cultures who were keen on educating themselves within the IT sector. I always looked forward to go to work, my colleagues and customers were always enthusiastic and positive and helped improve my English on daily basis. Being responsible for the reception area also taught me to deal with unexpected and sometimes stressful situations on my own.
The experience has affected my career choice in a few ways. As I have mentioned, I met a number of interesting people at my work placement. Many of them were surprised that I was able to speak fluently and communicate in English without any difficulties despite the fact that my mother tongue is totally different. I was very proud of myself, since I'm always working to improve my English. To combine my passion for English with teaching and working with people, I'm contemplating becoming a language teacher. The highest satisfaction for me would be to see young motivated people interested in learning foreign languages and being an inspiration for others.
I have undoubtedly many positive memories of my work experience. Living abroad, meeting new people, eating local specialities... these are all unforgettable memories. However, to be more precise, I will always remember my hospitable and very kind host family, as well as helpful colleagues and all the company staff. You simply need to experience this!
These days I'm doing my best to successfully finish my studies and after that, I'm planning to attend university here in Slovakia. I'm considering English and Literature in combination with studying the Slovak language. I intend to stay in my homeland - I strongly believe that our country needs young, motivated and driven people who simply love what they do.
My advice to other students would be to not fear anything. Fear is your worst “companion” and once you get rid of it, you can do anything. Secondly, try to get out of your comfort zone and do things that are new to you and can propel you forward. You never know where life will bring you, take chances and don't waste you opportunities! Find what you love and pursue it.
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.