The Ivan Villax Traineeship is a great opportunity for students to work in R&D at a dynamically developing company, in Portugal. It was a great honor to be selected. I took it as a big adventure in my life, not only regarding to my professional but also to my personal life. I could encourage anybody to apply, because the atmosphere at work is unique. I had a special situation as an Ivan Villax trainee. Opposite the routine of the previous scholarships, in which students were working in the laboratory environment, I have got a new topic called DynoChem. DynoChem is simulation software for the different chemical processes for instance distillation, solubility or heat transfer. This topic included a teamwork with around 40 people from different areas of the company and regularly meetings also. At the end of my traineeship I had to give a session about how can we use this software to more than 30 people. During this project I learned how to overcome difficulties, solve problems and I could improve those very important skills, which are not being promoted in our student life, but they will be essential, when we start our professional life.
People from the HR were very supportive and my colleagues handled me as the member of the team from the very first time. We are still keep contact with some of them. I am very glad for their great hospitality. Because of the generous scholarship I was able to travel in this amazing country and learn the Portugal mentality.
All in all, this was a very valuable professional and an unforgettable personal experience. I am very grateful that I was given the chance to participate in the Ivan Villax Traineership program. I could and will encourage anybody to apply, I would go back any time.