My Career Development is Happening Every Day

January 10, 2023

Guided by the question where to make to most impact on society

Can you, please, share with us your career development until now? What stages in your life have had the greatest impact on you and why?

My career development is happening every day. From short meetings in-between to big projects implementation. If I have to define stages would be the following three.

Coming from Natural Science background, at The Mathematic University I learned how to think when dealing with challenges.

Second stage is working in an IT consultancy company, specialized in Banking products. This period was important for learning to create a product based on your vision and also incorporating feedbacks from the customers, in a meaningful way.

And lastly, the four years of consultancy that I provided internationally around the globe. Working with people from various cultural and educational background is an enormous benefit which can not be received or experienced in any other way.
 

Did you originally want to pursue a different career? If so, what made you change your plans?

When choosing a career path, I was always guided by the question where can I make the most positive impact on the society, we are living in. From this perspective, and in my entire career by now, I didn’t have thoughts to change my path.
 

What was your biggest professional/personal success?

Being able to work internationally, outside of Europe, was one of the biggest successes from this perspective.
 

What was your biggest challenge? What was your biggest professional mistake (from which you learned a lot)?

Leading projects can be stressful, specifically when several teams are involved such as consultants, analysts and developers working together with the teams from the customer side. Being able to be of support for any team when needed is more important than having high level expertise focus on a single pilar.
 

Which 3 most important experiences in your life have led you to where you are right now?

  1. Living and make a successful career aboard

  2. Leading banking projects for clients in South East Europe
  3. Leading Commodity Trading & Risk Management Projects in Europe and Asia

When you think of the most talented high potential in your company, what 3 pieces of advice would you give him to live a successful and fulfilling life?

I would advice to be present, be a good listener and be patient along the way.
 

Using just 5 words, how would your team describe you as a leader?

I believe that they will say patient, fast decision maker, proactive, being able to delegate tasks clearly and have an ability to simplify the situation. For having the exact answer, maybe you would need to ask them.
 

What has changed in your career because of your MBA degree? How did the program support you in reaching your career goals? What concrete career opportunities have opened up for you?

During the MBA studies I managed to change my career from Senior Business Analyst to Lead Business Analyst.
 

As far as the workload is concerned, how did you manage an MBA next to a demanding job and your family life?

The discipline I developed provided me with more time. If one is dedicated and really likes what they do, then there are no real obstacles. Family and friends are as well big support.
 

What do you consider a “great luxury”?

I think great luxury can be considered if one is able to have quality education. Being healthy and surrounded by the closest. And working on what you are passionate about.
 

What was the last book/movie you really enjoyed?

Most recently I was in the cinema watching ‘The Menu’ movie. I enjoyed it a lot.
 

If you could change places with anyone for a day, who would it be?

I’m curious by nature, so I would like to change places with different people. Someone from my family, going back in the past but also in the future. I would also like to change place with Dame Zaha Hadid and Marissa Mayer.

Wordrap

I can laugh about:
The travels with my dearest friends
Shortcomings I am most likely willing to overlook:
My mistakes
My funniest/most exciting travel experience was:
Thailand. I am quite conservative with food and I am, well, almost vegetarian. When I was working as a consultant, the clients from Bangkok were very polite and in the short time I was there, they wanted to introduce me with various food specialities they thought were worth trying. That was fun!
I could not live without this app on my cell phone:
Any app that connects me with my family
You can always find this in my fridge:
Cheese
I would spend my last money on:
Books
Ten years ago, I thought:
Big ideas shape the world
Today, I know:
The small steps matter the most

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