There is a new face smiling at you when you walk in our office in Prague. Dana Blichová was born in Slovakia and she started to work at Foreigners.cz on February 1st. What does she like to do and how does she compare Czechs to Slovaks?
Danka, you have become the new Office Coordinator in our Prague office. Why did you decide to apply for this job position?
I was working with foreign students and clients for a few years already. That’s why I took a real interest in this job offer related to relocation and expat services. I wanted to know more about Foreigners.cz and get involved personally in help and following the company’s visions which are mine too now.
How would you describe your work at Foreigners.cz?
I have to say that an Office Coordinator position is varied and every day is different. I am engaged in many activities each day. First of all it is to ensure that the office is running without any problems; I am here for the first contact and communication with clients, I take care of administration etc.
You come from Slovakia so you are a foreigner in Czechia, actually. How long have you been living here?
I moved to Prague last year in July.
What did bring you here?
It was a postgraduate internship in an organization which arranges events and trips for students from abroad and young people in Prague. Owing to that opportunity I came to my current job.
But it wasn’t your first time in our country, right?
No, it wasn’t. I studied mainly in Prešov, Slovakia, but I went through a change at those times. I completed a bachelor‘s degree in the Teacher in the Field of Art specialization, nevertheless before the graduation I had realized it wasn’t something I would like to do fully in future. That’s why I changed a field and I earned a master’s degree in Ethics of Public Relations and Business Protocol. During my amazing study years I took advantage of Erasmus+ programme four times. Twice I was studying in the Czech Republic and twice I completed an internship – I spent one summer in Nice, France, and then I was in Prague after my graduation. I simply fell in love with Prague so I wanted to come back. Like many people, I love traveling thus exploring new places and foreign countries is very pleasant and relaxing for me. I also participated in separate programmes for young people and took a part in projects in Estonia or Turkey.
What’s your hometown?
I come from Humenné but I lived in Prešov since high school. Both located in beautiful and calm eastern Slovakia.
What do you like the most about Czechia?
I appreciate that local people are more open-minded than people in Slovakia. And there are much more foreigners which creates different atmosphere.
How would you compare Czechia to Slovakia. Are there big differencies?
I wouldn’t say there are big ones but I can feel some divergence. We are a little bit behind you :-)
Can you be more specific?
In Slovakia there are less work options for absolvents and pretty often I can see job offers with a low reward money.
And what about Czechs to Slovaks in your opinion?
I think there is almost no difference between us, as being brothers and sisters.
What’s your favorite place in Czechia or elsewhere in the world?
It’s Pravčická brána in Czechia so far. And since I have a lot of unknown places ahead of me I like any place or a town where I am for the first time.
Where would you like to travel or to live?
At this moment I am planning to go to India and Thailand. And to live? I guess I will buy my own island :-)
What do you like to do in your free time?
As my studies left a trace on me, I enjoy going to theatres, exhibitions, and I like taking pictures, too.
What can’t you live without?
Sun… Sea… Beach!!