Who are you, what did you want to be as a child and what do you do now at UniCredit?
Hello, I’m Tanja Arsenijevic and I joined CE&EE at the beginning of 2021 as a part of the Organisation & ICT team. From a very young age, I liked to read and study a lot and for this reason my chosen profession was a librarian. This converged to a doctor, then a teacher, but I think the “adult” profession I chose somehow combines all the beautiful sides of each of those.
Today, I am proud to have been part of UniCredit Group for 14 years, starting in Serbia as a University graduate in the Contract Administration team, then switching roles in processes, methodologies, and project management activities. Winning 1st place at the UniCredit Hackathon as a part of a great team was a turning point in my professional life leading to an exciting role as Project Manager within Operations CE&EE today.
What do you enjoy most about your job and what is the proudest moment or greatest achievement of your career?
My job is extremely exciting, considering the international perspective and insights into diverse economies in different countries across Central and Eastern Europe. This gives me the opportunity to broaden my horizons and find suitable solutions for challenges in various environments and most importantly to practice and improve my resilience as an approach in my daily work. The moment I realised I had developed resilience as a skill was when I saw all my professional efforts pay off.
And what is the hardest part?
Multitasking as a concept is something we adopted and embraced as “business as usual” but sometimes it can be frustrating. I overcome it by developing collaboration within the team and by trying to encourage everyone to “speak the same language”. This makes it easier to find prompt solutions for the many challenges we come across.
What advice would you give your younger self or somebody considering this role as a career?
Professional life is about learning from the challenges and opportunities that come our way. It is also about getting to know yourself, your virtues and improvement points and there is no better way to do that than to take risks and give your best to overcome them.