ENCATC Trainee: January - July 2020
I had a chance of working as a communication trainee at ENCATC from January to July 2020, which overlapped the coronavirus pandemic in Belgium. Working in these uncertain times was a good experience to see what is the role of ENCATC in ensuring a sustainable future for the cultural sector at an international level. Coming from a small country Estonia, where I feel that we undervalue the importance of networks and their role, ENCATC really made me understood, how advocacy and governance work in these challenging times. Being a part of a small team gave me the opportunity to gain firsthand experience of a working environment that dreams big and achieves a lot. For me, it meant being busy and learning through doing and guidance. ENCATC communication is very strategic and professional, which helped me to develop my own strategic thinking and communication skills. Even working remotely, it was a valuable experience that prepares me to work in cross-cultural teams in the future. Personally, being an intern in ENCATC gave me a big head start working in an international arena, helped me expand my own network, and develop a strong work ethic. At the beginning of September, I am starting a new internship at Göteborg Film Festival and continuing to be the Project Manager of Arts of Survival Documentaries at Tartu 2024, The Europe Capital of Culture.