1. What made you join Iteo? Tell us your story!
Aleksandra: A colleague from my previous job, who worked at Iteo at the time, gave me a call to say that they were looking for a Project Manager. I was pretty much exhausted by working at the typical corporation, so I showed interest in that offer.
As I was researching Iteo, its projects and team members, I was beyond surprised to see that a very old friend of mine, Kamila (Kamila Figura, Design Team Leader) works there. Kamila and I met over ten years ago when we both worked at one of the pubs in London and didn’t really have contact with each other ever since. I called her to ask how employment at Iteo looks like from her perspective, and after a long and honest talk, I decided to give it a try.
I was looking for a place with great atmosphere. As I already mentioned, I was really, really tired of working at the typical corporation, especially because interpersonal contacts seemed so fake there. That’s why the argument of friendly working environment really convinced me.
2. Do you remember your first day or first few days at Iteo? What was it like?
Aleksandra: My onboarding was very fast, rapid and dynamic. I entered my new responsibilities quickly, and to be perfectly honest - I was too stressed out to remember my first day. Most probably I was sitting at some training session or fulfilling some probationary task, as I have been doing this the entire first week.
What I noticed immediately was that everything they told me about the friendly environment was true. Jokes were not always of the highest quality, but everyone seemed to genuinely enjoy each other’s companion. I really appreciated kitchen gatherings in lunch breaks and the way every day began with talks over the coffee machine. It’s much better to work with people you are actually happy to see.
3. What is your biggest professional goal you would wish to achieve?
Aleksandra: Calmness. Stability. I would like to reach a point of a financial security, where you don’t have to worry about urgent issues that may suddenly happen. Also, I would like my life to do not revolve only around my job. That may not be strictly a professional goal but I think that professional and personal life are interrelated.
As for my Project Management career - because I wish to stick to that occupation - I want to reach the point where I deliver the projects perfectly, do a textbook example of a Project Manager’s job. Unfortunately, that is not only up to me, but I want to do my best nevertheless. I also want to develop myself, learn more and more about Project Management, its tools and methodologies. I want to know enough to be prepared for everything and to be able to reduce the risk of failures to the minimum. I want to be proud of my job.
4. Say the first thing that will come to your mind: Who is your biggest inspiration?
Aleksandra: Ellen Degeneres, hundred percent sure. She’s my absolute idol in everything she accomplished in her life, and also in what kind of person she is.
Do you know her story? Back in the 90s, she played the main role in a successful sitcom “Ellen” (also known as “These friends of mine”), and to make it clear, she actually played herself. In one of the episodes, she revealed that she is a lesbian. It was a huge scandal (charm of the 90s), she got fired, her series was cancelled and everyone was offended because it was unthinkable back then for someone to talk about different sexuality publicly!
With that one act, Ellen risked everything she has already accomplished but she stayed true to herself. She was fed up with living in falsehood, so she made a revolution - both in the show business and her personal life.
Now she is extremely popular, widely recognized and respected. Thanks to her, many people decided to come out of the closet, not only with their orientation. Despite being a powerful show-business persona she keeps being simply a good human. She gets a lot but gives away even more - also in the financial sense. I really respect her honesty and unchangeable moral values combined with the optimistic approach and constant smile.
Of course, I don’t know her personally - maybe behind closed doors, there is something I wouldn’t like to know about her. But what I can see, I simply adore. That’s the best life truth - to simply be a good man.
As for my personal life, however predictable it may sound, I would say that my mom. It was she who taught me what’s the most important. I also admire the high working ethic of my boyfriend - you rarely see a person who is that honest and engaged in what he does on a daily basis. He gets involved wholeheartedly in every task he gets to be done. So I have role models of certain behaviours in my immediate surroundings as well. As you may see, I’m all about honesty - with other people and with yourself.
5. Who did you want to be in the future when you were a kid?
Aleksandra: I wanted to be a nun (laugh). Seriously. Back then I thought that nun’s habits were extremely pretty, and watching “Sister Act” regularly (singing Whoopi Goldberg was glorious) left a mark on me as well. I was also quite religious at the time, as most children raised in mass Catholic culture during the period of life when they celebrate their First Communion.
Obviously, that phase came and gone away. The second big plan of mine was to be a Firewoman - I didn’t really see any woman in Fire Brigade and decided to be the first one. I craved some heroic actions back then - also, those helmets and fire trucks, man! Strong woman, I know - like my mother! (laugh)
6. If you were a fictional character (from a cartoon, movie or game) who would you be and why?
Aleksandra: When I was much, much younger, there was that cartoon named Dexter’s Lab. There was a girl named Deedee, annoying sister of the genius main character. She really reminded myself, as my goal at the time was to bring my older sister to insanity. The more she was in a state of nerves, the more satisfied I was. So I guess - Deedee would be my pick. I used to be one little ball of malice back then (laugh).
Nowadays, I would say Monica from “Friends”. Not in the OCD cleaning sense, but I am a control freak like her. At least that’s what my friends say!
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?
Aleksandra: Kama, I guess (Kamila Figura, Design Team Leader). We know ourselves for a very long time, so we could sit under a palm tree, sip coconut drinks and talk about good old days.
To be honest, I would love to hang out with the whole team - they are so entertaining. I would like to have fun with them in some unusual circumstances. For the first time, I have an occasion to work with many people that are actually younger than me and I find it to be really interesting.
8. The most important question: iOS or Android?!
Aleksandra: Before I came here, I was used to Android only. For now, I still have the smartphone with Android but I learn to use iOS for my working needs. iPhone annoys me, to be honest, but thanks to being able to use both Android and iOS, I’m more aware of the pros and cons of both.