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European Vocational Skills Week
News announcement4 September 2020Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Finally my dream became a life experience



I am Anastasia Merkouriadou and I studied at the Secondary School of Apprenticeship of Thessaloniki, OAED. I was in the class of administration and accounting. I had excellent teachers that help me to improve my skills.

I was lucky enough to participate and complete an Erasmus+ internship program at 21LAB company in Milan. I always dreamed to live in Milan and I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to work ithere.

That was an incredible experience for me. I worked in a very respectful, orderly, and organized environment, with professionals of the company. I discovered work techniques I had never seen before. After employer saw my interest,entrusted me with more responsibilities and there was always great mutual respect.

From this experience I gained a lot of skills, memories and I had the opportunity to meet other people. It was only a two week period of the VET Mobility Erasmus program but it helped me to see how companies outside of my country work. Also I improved my communications skills, by corporating with people from other countries All these experience guides me back to Milan for finding a job by following my dream.

Anastasia Merkouriadou, student, Greece