Finished study at EFRI and the year of completion: Economics of International Exchange, 1996.
Current work position: Director of Sales at PIK Rijeka, Owner & Director at InCePoSa (International Business Consulting Center), Managing Director at Adriatic Properties
"Studying at EFRI directed me towards marketing, sales and the consumer goods market, thus directing my later career, although I was most interested in finance and investment banking before my studies."
1From a large corporation, Nestle Adriatic d.d. you have moved into the position of freelance consultant at InCePoSa, an international consulting center. How did you decide to take that step? And what positive or negative changes has it caused in your life?
I was looking for some career change because I was bored of doing repetitive activities in the same environment in always the same market. I wanted to "monetize" my knowledge and experience gained in large corporations in a smaller, more entrepreneurial environment, with more freedom and autonomy in the creative part of the business. On the positive side, this has allowed me to do what I want, to choose jobs that motivate and challenge me, and to learn about new industries and the ways they function. At the same time, I have the freedom to work when I want and go on vacation when and as long as I want. What is challenging in this change is the lack of job and income stability. There are days, weeks, months without or with very little work, and then again there are periods where there are multiple activities, trips and parallel projects that are very difficult to reconcile.
2How do you think studying at EFRI has influenced your thinking and approach to work?
Studying at EFRI directed me towards marketing, sales and the consumer goods market, thus directing my later career, although I was most interested in finance and investment banking before my studies.
3How do you see the alumni community you are in? How do you perceive your role in it and how do you feel the Alumni EFRI should develop?
The Alumni EFRI can be a great bridge between the business and the Faculty, which will help the Faculty develop new and innovative curricula, and enable students to move faster and easier into the world of work and entrepreneurship.