ANA TEODORA POPESCU

"Head in the cloud, feet on the ground!"

GLOBAL STANDARDIZATION PROJECT MANAGER | ROBERT BOSCH GmbH

What means career for you?

Career to mean means a multitude of choices and steps taken to develop myself and grow into the person I am meant to be. It encompasses all the experiences made and to be made throughout my life as there is no separation between personal experiences like for example living and working on another country and professional working eexperiences.

What inspires you?

I feel inspired by regular people who follow their dreams and never settle. Kindness and stories in their different forms are also big part of my inspiration.

What was your biggest professional challenge and how have you solved it?

My biggest professional challenge was overcoming the impostor syndrome which at that time I didn’t even know it exists as a concept, but it was rather going trough the feeling on a daily basis and not knowing how to deal with it. i have overcome it my making use of a couple of techniques both professionally( mentoring, training, making a horizontal career move, openly talking about it at my workplace) and personal ones( self-reflection, increasing my self-worthiness and self esteem)

What is the worst advice someone has ever said to you?

Do no use ” I ” in presentations as it shows you are not a team player.

What importance have career networks for you in your professional career?

Career networks are very important to me because they provide me the medium to keep actual with the professional environment and market and also be in touch and get insights much faster and without formal borders, into other industries, companies, business, perspectives which otherwise would have been difficult for me as I haven’t changed my employer in more then 10 years. It also provides me the great value to connect to like minded people.

What is the learning or advice you would like to share with other women?

Be brave and curious to take unpaved ways. Best experiences, growth and learning come from exploring your own limits. Although natural talents carry a big weight, discipline, consistency and hard work should not be underestimated. They always pay off. Knowledge always pays off.

If a movie was to be made about your life: what is the title and which actor would be performing your role?

Actress : Sandra Bullock
Title: Dora the corporate traveler

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