1. What made you join Iteo? Tell us your story!
Alicja: Well, that’s quite a long story! During my last lecture of Business Language at the University of Silesia, we had a special guest doing a presentation. That special guest turned out to be Jerzy (Jerzy Kufel, Iteo’s CEO), looking for sales interns to join his company. That intrigued me, so during the lecture, I asked if I can give him my CV.
Funny thing is - I had the last step of job interview in another company that day (to be honest that wasn’t supposed to be my dream job), so I had my CV literally at hand. Surprised by my unexpected readiness to be recruited, Jerzy invited me to come to Iteo right after that other interview.
I got that other job, however, I didn’t fully declare my acceptance yet, because honestly, I was much more interested in a chance to work at Iteo. As you may see, I succeeded - and here I am, for over two years now. I remember coming back home that day, absolutely baffled I got two spot offers the same day, one being absolutely unexpected and in industry I didn’t even realise existed.
2. Do you remember your first day or first few days at Iteo? What was it like?
Alicja: I don’t remember my first day very well, because I was so overwhelmed with incentives and new information, although I can recall my job interview as if it was yesterday! Especially, when I was waiting, completely stressed out, for Jerzy and Ola (Aleksandra Prorok, Office Manager) to make the big decision and the people from the team gathered on the kitchen’s sofa to check me out (laugh). I also remember being asked about the newest model of Samsung smartphone. I knew the answer only because my boyfriend is a tech enthusiast - and I will always remember that it was Galaxy S7!
From my actual first day at work, I remember Kami (Kamila Figura, Design Team Leader) helping me with the coffee machine. It was very heartwarming - everybody was so kind and helpful, asking if I need anything and so on.
3. What is your biggest professional goal you would wish to achieve?
Alicja: I think I would like to reach some point of stability - the feeling that I’m truly good at something and that I can share my knowledge and experience with others. I feel like there is still a very long path in front of me and that I have to invest a lot of time and energy to achieve that goal. However, I feel like this is exactly what will give me the most satisfaction - being at the point where my experience and knowledge are worth sharing. You can tell that my success will be the ability to help others achieve theirs.
I don’t know what future will bring - as my job-seeking story showed, it may be really unpredictable - but I’m all about continuous development, looking for the new ways and possibilities. I would like to show young people that life is full of chances, you just have to be open-minded and brave and never doubt in yourself.
4. Say the first thing that will come to your mind: Who is your biggest inspiration?
Alicja: Firstly, I would like to divide my sources of inspiration into three categories: personal, professional and my scouting life. These are three segments that formed the person I am today.
When it comes to my personal life, there are mainly my parents and my boyfriend, who always kept me inspired and wanting more. In my scouting life, I always admired our District Commissioner, Asia. She is a very engaged person, hardworking and altruistic. Of course, what’s too much isn’t healthy, but she was always a role model of a reasonable selflessness.
For my professional life, I’m not able to point out such a person. On the one hand, I admire those brave founders and start-uppers. But on the other, I think that this is not a mission of every person and not everybody needs such a spotlight in their life.
Summing up, I always think of my inspiration as a set of people, experiences and circumstances that influenced me in one way or another.
5. Who did you want to be in the future when you were a kid?
Alicja: I wanted to be a policeman… or rather a policewoman. When I think about it, it was probably because I wanted to be strong and able to cope with even the most difficult situations. Sometimes I even wonder why I didn’t fulfil that plan.
6. If you were a fictional character (from a cartoon, movie or game) who would you be and why?
Alicja: I wanted to be a Sailor Moon! I always wanted to be a hero. We played some kind of a role-play with my sister and cousins as kids, and every single one of us had a permanent role as one of the Sailor Moon Soldiers. And guess what - I was Usagi Tsukino (the main character) herself (laugh). If you think about it, she was such an awkward and shiftless butterfingers at the beginning, but turned out to be the most powerful and courageous one at the end.
I also like to prove to everyone that women are strong both in a physical and mental way. I can’t stand when someone’s saying that women are weaker. We are definitely different, but by no means worse. And there is our beauty in it (note from the interviewer: the interview was published a few days after Alicja had beaten the Runmageddon Classic run).
7. Imagine you are on a desert island. You can choose one person from the entire team to keep you company. Who would it be and why?
Alicja: It would be really hard, mainly because of the habits I brought from scouting. I guess my approach would be a bit different from those of the rest of the team. But if I have to choose, I will divide my answer depending on if I would like to survive or have some fun.
If I would like to survive, I would choose Jola (Jolanta Baran, Head of US Operations). When it comes to our personalities, we are quite similar, having leadership features and always wanting to achieve more and more. But in many business cases, we have quite disparate opinions, which is good, because thanks to this we are able to analyse each problem from A to Z from two different approaches. This is why we could survive together.
If I would like to totally chill out and simply have fun, I would choose you (Gabriela Cendrzak, Content Specialist)! You would be talking about cats all the time and it would be hilarious to watch you trying to deal with all that survival conditions, wild nature and lack of make-up! (laugh) Also, after the stay on a desert island, you would be able to write a book about that, one that would be a bestseller for sure.
8. The most important question: iOS or Android?!
Alicja: Two years ago I would say that most definitely Android. But as for now - iOS for sure, especially for work. Working on iOS is far easier and faster, at least for me.