Testimonials

 

TESTIMONIAL – PETROS XENIOS


Petros posing with a traditional Aveiro house on the back

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE PLACEMENT IN PORTUGAL’S PROCESS IN 3 WORDS, AND WHY?

Quick, candidate friendly (that’s 2 words actually!). I was called for an interview and then the same day I had the interview with the company’s manager. My life changed within a single day. People should understand that one day you can do what you are doing regularly and this exact day you can be told that you are going to work abroad. Amazing feeling!

WHY DO YOU CONSIDER THIS WAS A VALUABLE EXPERIENCE?

Was it a valuable experience? Well, why don’t give it a shot? I had the moment of my life and l would do it again and again if I had the chance to. But as with all experiences in life this one has also the subjective element. For me it will always be an indelible period of my life and for someone else it could be just OK, mediocre. Seize the moment that this internship and living abroad can give you and you will share the same opinion as me.

WAS THIS INTERNSHIP IN YOUR FIELD OF STUDIES? HAVE YOU LEARNED TO LOOK AT THE DEPARTMENT WHERE YOU WORKED FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE?

This internship was within my field of interest and expertise. I think that I learned more things for HR that I could do if I have stayed in homeland, because interviewing people from Madagascar at one moment and the other from Zimbabwe gives you a wide perspective of how the world works. Human Resources does not (or at least should not) be restricted within “civilized” Western cultures. As an HR intern and Psychology graduate I kept reminding myself that the candidate I had in front of me had different cultural background than mine and I should not let some cultural differences influence my judgement.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE DURING THIS INTERNSHIP.

My Instagram followers rose, I want to get a memory tattoo… No, I am kidding (or probably not). This internship changed me as a person if not altogether at least 180 degrees.

I learned how I can effectively be a part of a multicultural team and how I can implement my skills and knowledge in the working field. What remains with me though is the people I met throughout this internship. Some exquisite candidates that really impressed me or better inspired me with their achievements, the local kind Portuguese who remind me of Greeks most of the times and I never felt homesick and last but not least my wonderful team. Some left and other remain but these people are the ones that were my everyday point of reference and let me grow personally and professionally. Because in the very end, what is life if you don’t share your experiences with other people?

I travelled a lot during these three months and the monument of discoveries in Belem reminds me every time I stare at its magnificence the poem of Ulysees by Alfred Lord Tennyson (fun fact: Ulysees aka Odysseus is a main figure in Greek mythology and the greek legend tells of Ulysses also as the founder of Lisbon, Portugal, calling it Ulisipo): To strive, to seek, to find… And not to yield

TESTIMONIAL – PANAGIOTA PAPAGEORGIOU


Panagiota posing under architectural archs in Palácio da Pena - Sintra

We interviewed our former intern Panagiota Papageorgiou from Greece, she shared with us her experience with our services in finding an internship.

During my 3 month internship, I was a part of a Human Resources company. I joined meetings and received a lot of information, thanks to close guidance of my manager I understood the process quickly.

Despite the professional environment there was still an informal atmosphere, making me feel at home. I’ve learned a lot about recruitment: interviewing candidates, communicating with them in person, assessing their profiles to see if they match with the position and having the opportunity to give my feedback as well.

Completing this amazing period of my life was a valuable experience on many levels. In short: Placement in Portugal is the ideal partner to help you with the first steps of your career!

TESTIMONIAL – MIRCEA MAZURU


Mircea Posing on a wall with grafitti

We interviewed our former intern Mircea Mazuru from Romania, he shared with us his experience with our services in finding an internship.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO FIND AN INTERNSHIP ABROAD?

I’ve always wanted to go abroad to work for a longer period of time and I chose Lisbon as I already knew it is a great destination. I wanted to work inside an international team and I also wanted to challenge myself to live alone in another country to prove myself that I can be fully independent.

HOW DID YOU LIKE PLACEMENT IN PORTUGAL’S PROCESS OF FINDING AN INTERNSHIP?

I really appreciated Placement in Portugal’s services. To be honest, it was one of the few companies which actually answered my inquiry email. I could tell from the very start that they offer a professional service because of how my questions were handled and how quick they answered. The process was simple, transparent and effective. I managed to find an internship that matched my requirements & skills.

WERE YOUR EXPECTATIONS ABOUT THIS EXPERIENCE MET?

I can wholeheartedly say that my expectations were surpassed. I expected a strict & boring workplace and I found such a positive team and I made lots of good friends. The work flow was pleasant and I managed to improve my skills in Marketing & HR.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND PLACEMENT IN PORTUGAL TO OTHER PEOPLE? WHY?

I will recommend Placement in Portugal to all my friends & acquaintances who are interested in doing an internship abroad. I also already recommended Placement in Portugal to my university’s Erasmus office, and I have faith that my colleagues will be in good hands. If I had the option to do my internship again, I would always choose Placement in Portugal!

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