Lublin-A Coruña-Valencia, a trip to gain more self-confidence

 “I have always dreamed about visiting Valencia, so I decided to find an Erasmus+ Traineeship in Valencian Community”. Karolina Mazur is from Poland and she is graduated in International Relations and Spanish Philology at the University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin. Before she leaves Valencia, we want to know a little more about her internship with us.

Hi, Karol, is this your first experience with academic mobility?

In 2016 I went to Coruña to participate in the Erasmus+ Student Mobility for Studies. I was studying Spanish during six months and I enjoyed it very much. I went there with my friends and it was the first time I visited Spain. I experienced many new things, such as traditional food, local customs and I could verify my knowledge about the Spanish culture which I gained at the university. I also improved my level of Spanish by speaking to natives when doing some ordinary things, such as shopping, buying a bus ticket or asking for directions. I enjoyed this experience so much, so that I decided to participate in the Erasmus+ Traineeship Mobility when I obtained my Master degree. It was worth it.

What were your responsibilities at our university?

            I was working in the Veterinary Faculty where I was asked to translate some economic and juridical documents, besides I worked with other texts in Spanish that I had to translate to English. I also experienced a consecutive translation and I was helping to translate subtitles, which appeared in a video, from Spanish to English. It was a really good experience and I am keen on repeating it some other time. I had never translated official documents from Spanish to English before, but I always wanted to try it. Now I know that I can do it thanks to this traineeship.

“This traineeship taught me how to work under pressure, how to resolve problems, how to put into practice the knowledge I acquired during my studies and the importance of a teamwork”

Moreover, I was working with students in the Mobility and Hospitality office. I improved my communication skills and I experienced how it is like when you are not the student anymore and you have to acquire a different point of view. Work with students requires patience, tolerance and tranquility. My task was to provide the students with information about the Erasmus Mobility and I was taught how to respond to their questions. I was helping them to fill out the required forms and I was responding to the students’ e-mails.

Finally, I can tell that it was an experience that improved my level of Spanish and it made me realize that I am strong enough to deal with all the circumstances that I can find on my way. The time was passing very fast, in the blink of an eye I found myself finishing the traineeship. It’s a pity that the good things always pass so fast.

With her colleagues of the Veterinary Faculty.

Do you think this experience will help you amplify your job profile?

Yes, I’m sure that this kind of work experience will be taken into consideration by my future employer. This can help to prove that I’m a responsible, open-minded, brave and valuable employee. This traineeship taught me how to work under pressure, how to resolve problems, how to put into practice the knowledge I acquired during my studies and the importance of a teamwork. I improved my languages skills and I gained more self-confidence.

How do you evaluate your experience from the Mobility office where you worked with students from more than 70 countries?

I think that Erasmus+ and other exchange programs are very useful. They allow you to get to know people from all over the world. It provides the students with the opportunity to travel to a country that he/she always wanted to visit but the economic conditions at home did not allow him/her to do it.

“Thanks to the traineeship you can obtain new skills and you can also get recommendations which can be useful for your professional life”

Thanks to Erasmus+ program I met a lot of fantastic people and I made some new friendships. Working with students of various nationalities was a great experience but sometimes my colleagues had to help me to overcome the communicational barriers. I could rely on them anytime and I wasn’t afraid to ask them for advice.

Karol at the International Students Services.

Do you recommend this experience to other students?

Yes. I can honestly recommend this experience because I think that leaving your home country and family for a semester or two is a good way to better know yourself and to discover what you are capable of when being in a foreign country.

Thanks to the traineeship you can obtain new skills and you can also get recommendations which can be useful for your professional life. A future employer can see it as an added value and you will have an advantage next to other candidates who do not have the same experience. Also, when you look for a job which requires languages and you lived in a foreign country where you had opportunity to improve your language skills, this facilitates you to prove that you are the right person for the job.

What are your professional plans for the future?

I don’t know yet but I think I will look for a job that is related to my studies, which is a job that will allow me to use all the languages that I speak. My dream is to work with people from all over the world. I hope I will be able to learn something new every day because I hate routine.

I would like to thank the University CEU Cardenal Herrera for the great experience and I wish good luck to everyone who will come to Moncada to begin his new adventure.

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