People of DataDiggers - Nina Marin (Project Manager EMEA)
Updated: Jun 27, 2022
𝗡𝗶𝗻𝗮, our 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗿 𝗘𝗠𝗘𝗔, is highly organized and prefers to keep things in order. She loves all things Italian, including ice cream.
If you'd like to get to know more about her, continue reading this interview.
If you could be a crayon, what color would you be? What’s the meaning behind it?
This is the most interesting question I’ve ever been asked and it leads me to a state of emotion that I cannot explain! I like green very much! And I think Green seems to fit in very well with what's been going on in my life lately. Even if this is personal to me, I can only say that I am full of hope and confident things are going to be well in the end. Life events happen too fast, we go from happiness to sadness, but we can only hope there will be happiness only in the end. So if I would be a green crayon, I will only draw peace of mind and good mood for all of us!
Who is your hero?
This is directly correlated to the previous question! My dad is my hero! I am his only daughter and we have a special family-relationship. He is my strength and the most optimistic person I know. He got sick last year and since then he is going through a difficult period. But he always encouraged us and told us that things will going to be fine!
What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
I love to drive, so this is a relaxing thing for me. To make things even nicer, I always like to listen to music and sing loudly, because if I'm alone, no one can hear me. I have no talent for singing! So, I don't like to think about different situations or problems. And I don't even have time for that, considering the traffic in Bucharest. :D
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a busy day?
Nothing can beat that feeling, but ice cream! I would prefer it every time, but of course, I have different ways of de-stressing! It depends on how the weather is, on what my partner prefers. Because we love spending time together! We go for a walk, or watch to a movie, nothing special, just Netflix and chill!
What was your first job?
I had my first job when I was still a student. I worked as a part-time sales advisor at H&M. It was probably the most exciting and also the most difficult period, because I had to deal with both work and school at the same time. But I remember those nostalgic times, where I've learned a lot of things and met a lot of great people. I also loved the feeling that I've earned my first money and could spent them as I wanted.
What’s your go-to productivity trick?
I always like to have things very well organized and to check my project statuses every day and also to check it with the client as well! The specific of the job makes us to act multi-tasking in order to be able to finish all on time, but for the difficult projects, I always like to set a boundary since the beginning in order to avoid back and forth on different topics or issues.
How do you prefer to start your day?
Are you referring to working days or weekend mornings? :D I like to do things different! Even if lately my mornings were too early and didn’t have much time to have a minute with myself, for the working mornings I love to take my breakfast at home with my husband and then to open my laptop and focus on the job matters.
In my free time, I like to drink my coffee on the balcony and make plans for the entire day.
What do you do at DataDiggers and in what circumstances would I come to you for something?
I work at DataDiggers as a Project Manager since January this year. So I am new in the team! We handle a variety of projects from different clients, from the moment they are commissioned by the sales team, until they are invoiced by our Finance team. We need to make sure data is collected on time, within the available resources. There could be different types of projects: sample only or full service or trackers. If there is anything related to the project data collection, questionnaires or field and costs matters…you can reach to us! Of course, you can also come to us if you need to order food, or share food or to go to a party after work, we are quite flexible here!
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
It would definitely be Italy! I’ve been there 2 times: first in Rome and second to the Amalfi Coast. I love everything there: the buildings, architecture, the people, weather, the beaches, and most of all the food and of course, the ice cream! I think I could easily get used to live there as I cannot remember one thing which I didn’t enjoy.
What’s the best thing you’ve learned in your current position?
There are a lot of things I learned from my job, especially from my colleagues and from our clients. I think that we learn something new every day. Also, most of the times, we learn from situations which we didn’t encounter before. But for all the cases, the communication is the key and also it is important to stick to your position and to your arguments and be able to negotiate under any circumstances.
How do you pick yourself back up after making a mistake at work?
Pfff, this could be frustrating if you cannot accept the reality or the mistake! Of course, it is unpleasant to make mistakes, especially those which might affects other’s colleagues work. In time, I’ve learned to accept them and to minimalize the impact on others. When it happens, I like to clear things up and to make sure it will not happen again. In the same time, mistakes help me to learn lots of things, so I do not make a tragedy from that. I take it as a lesson which helps to develop myself and to improve my skills and my relationship with others colleagues or clients.