Who are you, what did you want to be as a child and what do you do now at UniCredit?
Who I am really depends on whom you ask. If you were to ask my friends, I am a party animal who turned into a boring banker who never has time to hang out with them. To my colleagues, I am this nerdy young guy with glasses who is good at preparing speeches and PowerPoint presentations. And to my mom, I am just a kid who probably did not eat enough today…
Jokes aside, I work as the Executive Assistant to the Head of CIB. Before moving to CIB, I worked in Retail. Prior to my employment at UniCredit in Bosnia and Herzegovina, I lived in the United States for almost five years during college, where I also worked at Wells Fargo Bank as a retail banker.
What do you enjoy most about your job and what is the proudest moment or greatest achievement of your career?
I enjoy the dynamic environment, where each day brings something new and different. Also, I work in a team of excellent professionals, but even more importantly, they are a team of genuinely good and friendly people.
During 2020, in was all insanity, I was pushed miles outside my comfort zone, and as a result, it was the year I grew and learned the most. I was amazed to see the level of dedication and sacrifice of so many colleagues who worked to preserve business continuity and justify our clients’ trust. Before that, most of us did not even know how strong, resilient and capable we were! Once the worst was over, I felt a great sense of pride in contributing to this exceptional effort of the entire team.
And what is the hardest part?
When multiple urgent and important things come from different sides all at once, work takes precedence over other areas of life. This requires sacrifice and can sometimes be difficult. But at such times I am always stunned by the level of dedication of the whole team, where everyone puts in maximum effort to deliver high-quality work.
What advice would you give your younger self or somebody considering this role as a career?
When starting in a new position, do not be discouraged or intimidated by your lack of knowledge and experience, but instead compensate for it with additional hard work. It will not go unnoticed, and others will be even more eager to help you. Leverage on your strengths, do not be afraid to ask questions, and build relationships with senior colleagues you can learn from.