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"Mladá Boleslav is a magnet for the brightest minds in the Czech Republic and one of the engines propelling it forward"

Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas

Written by Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas
Published on 29.07.2020 10:15 (updated on 29.07.2020)

Tell us the story of how you came to the Czech Republic.

I’ve been here since 2013, I moved here to be with my wife as it was difficult to start a life in the UK together due to legislation, so we used the EU law to be able to be together. I’m from Norwich in the UK and my wife is from Tbilisi, Georgia I live full time with my wife and son in Mladá Boleslav. Our work keeps us here for most of the year.


What is your current position?

I am the manager of my own language agency EA-EPD (EA English Professional Development) specialized in teaching adults in the automotive industry. I am the managing director and also a language teacher/trainer/coach. The way I teach is a combination of language learning and personal and professional development. I manage a team of language teachers and trainers in Mladá Boleslav, we provide a range of language-based services.

Old Town Hall and Marian Column in Mlada Boleslav via iStock.com / JackF
Old Town Hall and Marian Column in Mlada Boleslav via iStock.com / JackF

Did you find it difficult landing a job in the Czech Republic?

Finding a job in CZ isn’t overly difficult but there were a lot of unanswered emails before I got a positive response. After working for various language schools, I decided to go independent and start my own organization about 3 or 4 years ago. I realized that my work and reputation speak for themself, of course having a good network helped a lot also.

For how long have you been in this position and what are your career goals?

My career goal is to help people be the best version of themselves. By doing this I hope other teachers who share my vision will join me and help expand my business. I also want to keep learning myself and further develop language learning systems to help teach people more efficiently and effectively.

“Unfortunately just being a native speaker doesn’t make you a teacher, and definitely I try to be more than just a teacher, I want to do the best for my clients.”

What skills do you have that make you uniquely qualified for this role?

I try to stay modest and humble but through the exploration of my thoughts and ideas during my “training sessions”, I find that not everyone is able to think in a similar way to me. I have very good skills in critical thinking, metacognition (strategical thinking), deduction, analysis, knowledge of the automotive industry, empathy and business and personal etiquette. Plus, whenever I want to do something I try to learn as much on the topic and try to become a specialist. I suppose another thing is I can actually teach people something, unfortunately just being a native speaker doesn’t make you a teacher, and definitely I try to be more than just a teacher, I want to do the best for my clients.

What do you love most about your job?

The best thing about my job is helping to improve myself and my clients whilst teaching and learning new things. I work mostly with companies within the automotive industry, which is also fascinating to learn about.

What are the biggest career challenges you have faced in the Czech Republic?

They are connected not so much to my clients, but the purchasing process. For those who don’t know this is when a company is looking for a new supplier and they make requests for quotations. Unfortunately, for them, the most important thing is the price. I know my market value, my skills, and the services that I offer are more than the average language school. I do not want to undersell myself, plus if I want to have the best teachers in my team, I cannot offer them a below-average wage. I want the best teachers so we can do the best for our clients.

Unfortunately, when it is only about money, you cannot be surprised by the quality and capabilities of the “cheap” language schools. It frustrates me that they do not realize they are in fact wasting their money with substandard language suppliers when they factor in all of the time, stress, and the stagnation of their employees’ development.

I think about it like a car, if you want to have some level of satisfaction and reliability, buying the cheapest car probably isn’t your best bet, so why do it with language lessons. This is also why I do not like to call myself a language school because I feel that the term represents what we do is just language lessons and I feel we offer much more in the sense of developing our clients. There are very few similarities in my way of working and theirs and are many cowboys and pirates in my sector.

What advice would you give to job seekers in the Czech Republic?

My advice for finding a job would really depend on where you are when you are trying to find it. I say that as I found a job before I moved out to CZ so it was all done online. If I were looking for a job while living here already, I would say networking is the best way to find work. And when I say that I don’t mean networking events, I am an introvert generally and I have found networking events too superficial in the past. I mean as I have done in my business, I keep my ear to the ground and use my connections to find information. I believe my reputation and work are also the best advertisements as most clients are recommendations of satisfied clients. I think that if you do good in the world and for other people, good things come back to you.

What are the biggest challenges in terms of its corporate culture and workplace etiquette?

I suppose I mentioned the company culture stuff a bit when I spoke about the purchasing stuff. I can’t say there were many things that shocked me when I got here, maybe just the openness to excessive drinking and sometimes blatant corruption, but unfortunately, nowadays you can see similar things in the UK.

What is your passion outside the workplace?

If we speak about activities I like the gym, exploring the countryside, family time, fishing, and shooting. My interests are psychology, philosophy, and sociology and generally trying to understand the way the brain, people, and the world work.

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