Testimonial: Katarina Cetkovic

Within the program Trans2Work, I spent two months in Novi Sad on professional practice for people with disabilities.

My task was to be part of all the activities of the organization in which I worked. I had the opportunity to choose the employer for whom I was going to do practice and my choice was the Center “Living Upright” from Novi Sad. So far I attended internal meetings of the Center, I learned to do some office work, and in addition to everyday communication, I learned a lot of new things that I was encouraged to change their prewar thinking. I saw it work in a totally informal environment and realized that everyday communication that takes place during the work was the part of the process that can encourage us to think. I realized what it means to be independent, and besides that, I realized that in people’s lives there should not be any division. In addition to the program, I visited the School of Journalism, where I met people who were my support when it comes to making my thesis. As part of the Center, I wrote a statement for the public on the completion of the Center’s donor campaign whose goal was to raise funds for personal assistance. The Center is engaged in providing personal assistance services for people who need this service. Despite all of my daily routine, I had the opportunity to visit some of the sights of Novi Sad as well as to visit other cities and towns in Serbia. In addition, I had the opportunity to be one of the models in the fashion show of hats in the Center “Living Upright”. Under the program, I met a lot of people who have shared their experiences and with whom I will keep in touch.

I had the opportunity to visit the Petrovaradin Fortress, as well as the Novi Sad Strand beach. I had the opportunity to enjoy the delights of the outdoor pool at Spens. I attended a round table on which there was presented the new workbook for young people. In addition to all this, I had the opportunity to attend a meeting with the new users of personal assistance as well as potential assistants. Within the program, I learned that diplomacy is the key to any good business communication and that with our actions we should not close the door to ourselves as well as in every other respect.

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