Martina Karpetová – Brno PR Manager

Martina Karpetová
Martina Karpetová

What do you do at Foreigners.cz?

My position is PR Manager for the Brno office. I make sure that the information on our website is up to date, control the social media (mainly Facebook and Instagram), control the contect and the form of the blog and prepare the newsletter. I also assist our clients when they need translation at some kind of office. We also have an intern, usually for 6 months, and I am his or her supervisor.

When did you start working at the agency? How do you remember your first days?

I started working at Foreigners.cz in the middle of August 2014. My first days were very hectic! On the first day I had to learn how to work with all the programs and systems that we use and in the evening there was a MeetUp that I co-organized. I had no idea what I was doing, but everyone was so nice and encouraging that it didn’t really matter. Over time I learned how things work here and I love it.

What part of your job is your favourite?

I really like assisting foreigners at different offices and places. It is never a routine and it is always an adventure. I also have time to get to know them and learn about their culture which is one of the main reasons why I love working at Foreigners.cz. Helping people has always been my role in life.

And the least favourite?

My least favourite would probably be working with all the different systems that we use at the office. I think that technology hates me and it is not my fault whatsoever that everything breaks down in the exact moment when I am using it or doesn’t work the way I want it…

What did you actually want to become when you were a child?

I remember myself being super excited when I realized I can hold a balloon on a plastic stick on my finger and balance it around so much that I wanted to go to a circus and travel around with them as a performer. And I also remember not wanting to be a teacher ever. Now I really do not like circuses and I study to become a teacher. Well, I guess I grew up afterall.

Where are you from? Have you ever lived outside the Czech Republic?

I am actually from the east of the country, from a city called Havířov. It is the youngest city in the Czech Republic. Or it used to be, now there are a lot of retired people living in it and that is why I love living in Brno which is full of students and young people. I have lived in Texas, USA for one semester during my studies.

What is your favourite country? Why?

Despite the fact that I am a travel junkie and I don’t stay in one place too often, I love my home country, Czech Republic. I would travel everywhere, I would love other countries, but I would always come back here. My heart lies in the heart of Europe.

What is your favourite spot in Brno?

Josefská street, St. Jakub’s Church, Masaryk district…

Can you share a funny story from your workplace?

I remember fixing one person’s stove by accident which is very surprising considering the fact that I am not the most gifted person when it comes to technical things and also the fact that the electrician who came to check it later said it is not possible to fix. Never underestimate the power of women!

What do you like to do outside the office?

I like travelling (next country on the list is Greece), good movies (Star Wars or anything from R. Linklater), good music (Monkey Business or RHCP), good books (To Kill a Mockingbird or anything from R. Fulghum), good food (burgers from The Immigrant’s), good beer (any Czech one would do), good wine (preferrably red)…. and ZOO’s! And, of course, organizing and labeling everything. It is my passion and, at this point, maybe a mental problem.

Is there anything you absolutely cannot live without?

Labels. Just kidding, I cannot live without chocolate and without a vision of going somewhere soon.

Is there a language that you haven’t learned but you would love to do so?

Yes! It is either Dutch or Afrikaans! I have been to Netherlands and South Africa, I have friends from there and I absolutely love the way they speak. Since these languages are close to each other, I hope I will manage to learn at least one of them and afterwards understand both.

Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself?

Please let me know if there is anything you might need help with. As I said, helping people has always been my mission and I always go out of my way to help those in need. 

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