Soon I was targeting an international assignment. I believe in learning on the job and I wanted to learn 'global thinking'. The advice I once received was: "work hard and get exposure" which I followed rigorously and success followed. A few years later I found myself part of a team working on a global HR project, traveling the world: it changed my life!
After another few years, I was already being approached externally by other companies and I took a bold step of moving to UAE to one of the great names in the oil & gas industry. Why? Again because of curiosity to work in a completely different culture and in an entirely different industry.
Later I joined Nokia, and with this move, I found the company I was looking for.
I had a clear goal in mind, a regional or global job at a well-known multinational, a great team with a role modeling leader, motivating company culture and values, and a role where I could be myself. Today I can use my skills to design and deliver programs, interact with people and inspire them, and continue to be creative and remain curious. At Nokia, I certainly found all that I was looking for.
In my role I support both HR colleagues and Line Managers in the region, enabling them to our global processes and programs. At the same time, it gives the freedom to add a "local flavor" to the programs by customizing them from a user-centric perspective to the needs, inspiring colleagues to learn and be better at what they do.
I'm based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
I can add my own 'personal touch' based on my experience, have the chance to brainstorm and work with others on what works well in specific focus areas, improve things where there's a need, and see the results of my work on the ground. Another motivating factor for myself is to notice that our knowledge and input is recognized and leading to further collaboration opportunities internally.