If you ever need help, Loredana Szollosi, our Member Support Associate, will make sure to help you! That's why today is about her. Let's see what are her views about life, what are her dreams and aspirations and how she sees the market research industry.
What does working in the market research industry mean to you?
Given that it is my first job in this field I can say that I am very excited, and I am glad that I have this opportunity to be 'in direct contact with people'. I get to know then, and their desires regarding the market industry.
From whom in the market research industry have you learned most in your career?
My first boss in the market research industry, George, who had the patience to teach me everything I know about market research. I've learned that you have to be patient and always listen to your clients' requirements, so that everyone is happy. Thank you for that, George! :)
If you were able to bring someone in our DataDiggers team, who would that person be, and why do you think they'd be great for our company?
From my point of view, anyone who wants to help develop and implement new and constructive ideas in order to improve the future of the company is well welcomed in DataDiggers.
What was the most important challenge you had to go through in your career?
I think the biggest challenge was to move from the field I worked within before, to the market research industry. Also, another challenge for me was to divide my time between family life and work, but thank God I can ‘reconcile’ these two things.
Thinking about your career, what is the achievement you are most proud of?
The fact that I managed to be part of this team, where, although before I worked in a different field, I managed to settle quite quickly, and I really like what I do now.
What's the biggest mistake you've ever made in your career?
I think the biggest ‘mistake’ would be that I don’t trust myself enough and sometimes let myself be led by those who want to ‘break my wings before I fly’ when those people are not the ablest to give advice.
What does success mean to you?
For me, success can be defined as follows:
When I can take care of both family life and work and everyone is happy.
When I work in a field where I feel fulfilled and happy with what I do and my superiors are satisfied with my activity in terms of my job.
What do you do to move forward in the profession you have chosen?
I try to listen and learn as much as possible from the people that I come in contact with, to understand that each person is essentially different and that it is good to ‘pick’ from each one what you think would help to know in the future.
Is there something new that you have learned in the last 2-3 years, in your career, or in your daily life, which you find is important?
I have learned that sometimes it is good to let time pass for good things to happen and that despite all the material things you can have in this life, health is the most important thing, and we must learn to value it as much as possible.
If you were able to meet yourself, at the moment when you first got hired, what advice would you give to your younger self?
To have more confidence in myself. Everything in life happens for a certain reason and although sometimes it is difficult, especially at the beginning, time solves them all and in the end, things settle on a normal path.
If you were to give advice to one of your former managers, what would that be?
Although they have a higher function than other employees, they are also people after all and should listen to their employees more often. There does not necessarily have to be that standard boss-employee relationship where the latter trembles only when he hears the boss's voice.
Why did you choose to work in the market research industry?
Honestly, I was offered this opportunity and I think it’s great. I would not change this job for almost anything in life.
What was your ‘dream career’ when you were little?
You will laugh now, but all my school classmates told me that I should become a model because I am tall, and I think that they induced me this idea because at some point I really wanted this.
What do you think is the most important thing in life?
I think the most important things in life are, depending on their importance, the following: having your family by your side, being healthy and having a job.
Family: Because it is the only one that supports you unconditionally.
Health: Considering what has happened in the last year all over the world (pandemic) I think that even those who thought it was not so important and put other things before that are now thinking twice about it.
Job: It is important because it offers you the material means and the satisfaction of a quiet life.
What are you planning to do in your next vacation?
Regarding the next vacation, I would like to go somewhere in the mountains, in our country, maybe in a village in the Maramures area, where I always wanted to go, because I find it to be rather a fascinating place with views taken from a fairytale.
We would be able to relax and fill ourselves with positive energy after a year spent mostly at home.
What is making you get up from bed even when you have a bad day?
Although sometimes I admit having some bad days, as maybe we all have. Whenever that happens, all I want is to stay hidden like an ostrich under the blanket, in bed, but then I think of all the many reasons why I should be thankful for. Because in another part of the city/country/world, there are people who are going through worse situations, and maybe we make such a big deal out of really minor things.
What are your dearest memories, some that you always think of with joy?
Some memories from my childhood which I spent in the countryside of Romania. The summer mornings, when my grandmother's radio woke me up, and I could feel the smell of fresh grass watered by the morning dew outside.
If you could go anywhere in the world, at any time in the past, what would that be and why?
I have always liked old places, full of history and especially full of the unknown. So I would go back somewhere in the past and find a place to explore.
Can you name one hobby that you really enjoy?
I really like hiking, walking, getting to know new cultures and I also like to create various things by myself from objects that I no longer use (for example decorations, clothing items, etc.).
What’s your favourite book and why?
I really like 'Norwegian Wood' by Haruki Murakami. A magnificent blending of the music, the mood, and the ethos that was the sixties with the story of one college student's romantic coming of age. Norwegian Wood brilliantly recaptures a young man's first, hopeless, and heroic love.