While completing her M.A. in Psychology, Anna started her career at TMP Worldwide (then Morgan Philips Hudson) in February 2001. After having recruited in sectors like pharma, (heavy) industry, construction, IT and FMCG, Anna left in October 2006 to first become a Senior HR Specialist at LOT, then an HR Manager at BDO, followed by IDEA bank, and finally – HR Projects Director at PKP Intercity. In the meantime, Anna completed three post-graduate studies: Managing Professional Competences of Employees, Professional Coaching, HR and Payroll in law and practice. Anna started cooperating with Career Angels in December 2011 with a focus on C-level clients and coaching. She is also responsible for the “Challenge Accepted” community. Anna works in Polish and English.
Why are you a Career Angel? What’s your favourite part of your work?
I’m a Career Angel because working with executives gives me a lot of satisfaction and enables me to realise my career goals.
It’s also a continuation of my previous professional experiences; I use the knowledge I acquired as a headhunter and HR Director.
I also make my other dreams come true: I share the knowledge I have with other people and I support them in their further development.
As a coach I support my clients and observe how they:
– make changes
– achieve their goals (e.g. a higher position, better salary, industry change or even a change in their profession)
and it makes me happy to see how much positive energy and satisfaction they get out of our cooperation.
What’s your life motto?
“Magic happens outside your comfort zone” – I just strongly believe in it!
Nobody likes to leave their comfort zone, but magic happens outside that zone. It’s where we learn, develop ourselves and broaden our minds; it’s where we ascertain that our dreams are possible and get energized to pursue them.
What’s the best & worst career advice that you have ever received?
The best advice I have ever received is ”Go forward and don’t regret anything ever”. My father gave it to me and it is useful in both my private and professional lives. I know from experience (mine and my clients’) that even when we lose a job, even when we fail, there is always something new arriving afterwards. Something that gets us to a new place – a better place than before. And we might have never gotten there if it wasn’t for that difficult (at the time) situation.
The worst advice: I don’t know if it can be called advice, it’s rather a mistake that we made on our career path. At some point, I should have taken more time to stop and ask myself a question: is my career goal from five years ago still up-to-date? Do I still want it? Not verifying that may lead us to a moment when we reach the goal – but we are not happy.