Get to know us: Vedran Devčić, our Project Coordinator

This time we would like to introduce our Project Coordinator, Vedran Devčić from Croatia. Vedran has spent 6 months at GRN between September and March. This has been his first work experience in Prague, and we hope not the last.

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Could you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?

I was born in 1990 in Varaždin, Croatia where I used to go to primary and secondary school. After finishing secondary school I moved to Zagreb to study sociology at the Center for Croatian studies, University of Zagreb where I also continued with my masters’ studies. I also participated in the Erasmus exchange program at the Corvinus University of Budapest.

What are your plans after finishing your internship at GRN Czech Republic?

I will go back to Croatia to write my thesis and finish my masters. After that I will look around to see what possibilities I have.

Did you have any troubles moving away from home and adapting to a new environment?

In the beginning it was hard for me to realize what I have “left behind”, like my friends, memories, and the mentality; but with time I got used to Prague. I got used to its energy, its people and diversity, which has helped me to live here for the past 6 months.

What brought you to Prague and how do you like it?

After my Erasmus experience I wanted to try something new. I knew that I wanted to have another international experience, but I also knew that I didn’t want to study for exams anymore. I decided to apply for the Erasmus Placement Program, and luckily, I received a positive response from GRN Czech Republic. So far, I have enjoyed Prague and I am looking forward to seeing more of it.

Do you think working at GRN Czech will help you in your professional career?

Yes, for sure. This is a really beneficial experience for me, to live and work in an international environment. Skills, friends, connections and the knowledge which I have gained here can definitely help me in the future.

 

10 choices :

Coffee or Tea: Tea ( I am a hyperactive person so I don’t think that coffee is a good choice for me )

Morning or Evening: Morning ( I like to do everything in the morning to have the rest of the day free)

Sports or Art: Sports ( I am not a really artistic person)

Dog or Cat: None

Rock or Jazz: Trance ( Rock and jazz are not complex enough as music styles for me)

Vodka or Whiskey: Rakija (It’s stronger and there are always funny memories)

Steak or Soup: Steak (I enjoy eating meat )

Cake or Crisps: Cake (Sugar )

LinkedIn or Facebook: Facebook (there is a bigger variety on FB)

Resume or CV: CV

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Get to know us: Richard van Horssen, our new Project Coordinator

This time we would like to introduce our new Project Coordinator, Richard van Horssen from The Netherlands. Richard spends 6 months at GRN between September and March. It’s not his first work experience in Prague, and maybe not the last one…

RichardSo, Richard, could you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?

I am a 24 year old student from the Netherlands and always interested in traveling and meeting new people. That is why I am studying International Business and Languages at the Rotterdam Business School and part of this study course there is an internship, which has to be done abroad. Beside this, I’m a huge sports lover, especially football (the European way).

What brought you to Prague and how do you like it?

Last year I worked in Prague and my girlfriend lives here, so obviously I was looking for an internship in Prague. And then I ran into this very interesting and exciting opportunity. Prague is by far the most beautiful city I know and there is always something new to discover. So many beautiful places and views and an infinite amount of bars and restaurants!

What are your main job responsibilities at GRN?

I am mainly a researcher, which means I search for candidates and approach them to find out if they are interested in a position we have available for them. Part of the researching job is finding possible candidates, but also to look for companies that are posting interesting vacancies. For a project I will work with a partner firm in Budapest as well, so that makes it even more international.

Do you think working for GRN will help you in your business career?

Definitely, it’s so good to see the process of a recruitment from another perspective. Moreover, I can improve my communication skills here and there are very good networking opportunities. It’s fascinating to learn how GRN always strives for the perfect match between company and candidate, it’s never a routine job. I have also learned how to enhance my online presence, like how to present yourself on social media.

What is your plan after this internship at GRN?

I’ll return to the Netherlands to continue my studies, but only for one semester because then my next semester abroad is coming up; half a year at a partner university, but where is yet to be decided. The big challenge is that I’ll have to do it completely in German or Spanish (it’s part of the International Business AND Languages study course). Considering my current progress, I’ll go to a German speaking country.

Finally, see his “10 choices” to find out more about him:

Coffee or Tea                                     »Coffee

Morning or Evening                            »Evening

Sports or Art                                       »Sports

Dog or Cat                                          »Cat

Rock or Jazz                                        »Jazz (or techno, I’m Dutch after all…)

Vodka or Whiskey                                »Vodka (lemon vodka!)

Steak or Soup                                      »Steak

Cake or Crisps                                    »nah, neither

LinkedIn or Facebook                          »Facebook

Resume or CV                                      »CV