My experience with Extramus started in September 2022, when I came to Terranova to do a 3-month internship as a UX Designer. And here we are now, almost a year later and I am still in Terranova! But let’s go back to the beginning.
I honestly didn’t have any expectations before coming. I just wanted to practice my skills and spend time in a nice way, whether it’s with friends or even alone, just focusing on myself. But just after a few days in Terranova, I realized how special of an experience this will be! Every day there was something going on. Outdoor events with local Italians, international dinners with other interns, evenings in a lovely pub in a castle… After just 2 weeks I had a feeling as if I was there for 2 months! I already got close to some people and felt comfortable in a new, temporary home.
I was also feeling that I was developing myself in my job. Before coming here, I didn’t have a lot of practical experience in the area I applied for. I was ready to work and learn on my own. In the beginning, I was facing a bit of imposter syndrome. I felt like because I didn’t have a lot of experience and my studies were not explicitly related to what I was supposed to do here, it would be hard for me to do a good job. But every day, I was improving. I was lucky to have a more experienced colleague with me, that guided me through what I needed to know, and after she left – I felt ready to do this on my own.
LI became a department manager and I was continuing to work on my project. I started getting appreciated by my colleagues and the CEO of Extramus. I was feeling more and more sure that I can actually learn things on my own and feel confident with my skills!
At the end of my internship, in December. I got an offer to stay in Extramus longer, as an employee. Since my experience in this organization and in Terranova was very special for me, I really wanted to stay here. And here I am now!