Andrada is one of the most joyful persons you will ever meet, originating from the most charming city in Romania! From Sighisoara via Melbourne, nowadays in Munich, she is currently building her team within the leading global professional services company. Here's what she does to make people understand the true value of Romanians.
Name: Andrada Forsea
Abroad since: 2008
Living in: Munich, DE
Current position & company: Business Integration Manager @ Accenture
TGR: What is your main responsibility at the job?
AF: I am working in the SAP industry so responsibilities change depending on the project you are assigned to. At the moment I am focused on getting a team together for a 5 year support contract that Accenture won and managing the transition from the current service provider.
Can you tell me something only you can do in your company?
This is a hard one because I work with highly competitive colleagues and am not focused on a niche area. But I think the combination of my skills and experience make me unique. And of course my charming personality
How many direct reports do you have?
5 locally in Germany and another 7 offshore.
Is your team mainly made of locals or expats?
Mainly locals on this project but if I look at Accenture Munich overall it is very diversified.
What about your free time - do you usually spend it with locals or mainly other expats?
A mix of both. It is easier to bond with expats since they are also amongst "strangers" but locals can give you inside tips
Why is Munich attractive for you? What makes you stay?
Munich has a "cool" vibe, it is international, cosmopolitan and there's a lot happening (concerts, festivals, opera, theatre etc.). It is also clean, well organized, with lots of green spaces and parks.
Is there anything disappointing, maybe something you've expected to be different?
Housing! There is a lack of housing and finding a place to live is a BIG mission. I heard about it before moving here but I underestimated how bad it really is.
And it's very expensive as well
Do you feel integrated in the German society? Do you feel respected, appreciated?
I moved to Germany only few months ago so my opinion is not 100% formed yet. I had some bad experiences when looking for a flat (ignorant people who think I am not good enough to live in their flat because of my origin) but I don't want to draw a conclusion based on the few. I also feel that the German ways are not matching completely with mine (very rigid, strict and not the friendliest nation I meet) but it's too early days to tell for sure.
You seem to be a globetrotter, having spent so many years abroad in all corners of the world. Do you feel like settling somewhere or you'd rather hope to have as many similar opportunities as possible?
Yes I definitely feel the need to settle (I guess it's the effect of getting older). But I want to continue exploring the world and experiencing new cultures, meeting new people etc. That's why we have holidays and sabaticals
Why not in Romania? What could convince you to move back in Romania?
Yes, I do hope to move back one day. If somehow we could combat the corruption and change people's mentality. And make them more civilized and less judgemental...
How often do you travel to Romania?
Since I was in Australia for the last few years and didn't see my family that often, I now try to compensate and fly once a month home.
What do you mostly miss about Romania?
The easiness I find things so uncomplicated in Romania, from renting a flat to getting a doctors appointment and going for dinner. Here it feels so complicated and you need to plan it all weeks in advance.
I also miss affording to pamper myself and taking taxis and not paying a days wage And shops opened on Sundays and after 8pm
What changes do you see in the Romanian society?
I think we are moving slowly into the right direction, the pace is just too slow I was impressed with Cluj Napoca for example, it feels so westernized and international. And it's considered an IT hub in Europe and Romanian professionals are most wanted in western countries. But we still have a long way to go.
Please tell me something particular about Romania that you would usually say to a foreign friend.
Great landscape, wonderful, hearty and friendly people. It is worth visiting because it will give you a different cultural experience (but be prepared for the infrastructure challenge )
What is your biggest dream?
I have so many, I am a dreamer The one that's standing out at the moment is to become a yoga teacher and/or run my own studio.
Hopefully in Romania somewhere in the near future Any final remarks regarding our home country?
It is a great country! We just need to make some adjustments to make it visible. It's like having a golden plate that is so dusty that you can't tell its value
This is exactly why The Golden Romania is here - to make ourselves heard and show our beautiful people and places and opportunities! Thanks, Andrada, for being part of this project!
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