After many years abroad, Titiana has settled in London, where she has a vital role in providing the most accurate data for one of the biggest consultancy companies worldwide. She is naturally passionate about information, communication, social responsibility and poetry, having written two volumes available on Amazon. With a rigorous job, a young daughter at home, a blog to update and a content to manage for TedX Brasov, I am more than grateful she found some time for The Golden Romania! A quick look at her complex life - in this article.
Name: Titiana Silimon-Morariu
Abroad since: 2012
Living in: London, UK
Current position & company: Researcher, The Boston Consulting Group
TGR: Titiana, the talent of Romanian people never ceases to amaze me, and your passion for poetry is one of the reasons! Tell me about the message you wish to convey in your work.
TS-M: Very kind words, thank you! I write since I can remember myself and writing has always been my refuge, my mirror and oasis. I gather my thoughts and solve my mysteries in writing.
I like to believe that my poetry has determined my readers to discover themselves, stay curious and open to nuances, and also encouraged them to find their own hidden message. Also, I hope my readers can find some of their own feelings and, sometimes, maybe just enjoy the game of letters.
You somehow blend this amazing passion with a job at one of the most famous consultancy company in the world. What is your main responsibility there?
Yes, I am part of the division called Data and Research Services and my main responsibility is to deliver high quality and accurate analysis and research in the fields of consumer goods and retail in Europe.
Can you tell me something only you can do in your company?
I am quite good at sourcing and analysing commodity pricing information, which made me the commodity person in my department.
How many peers do you have?
I have one peer in my subgroup in London (by peer I understand Researcher). We are also responsible for quality, assuring the work of our partners from Romania and Morocco.
Tell me about your free time - do you usually spend it with locals or other expats?
There is not much free time now, since I am a mom (I needed to brag about this). My group of friends consists mainly of expats. According to the 2011 census, 36,7% of London's population was foreign born.
Why is London attractive for you? What makes you stay?
The main point: job prospects. Apart from this, the respect I get as a tax payer. Also, the variety of races and cultures one meets here makes London a city hard to grow bored of. I absolutely love Greenwich and Tate Modern.
Is there anything disappointing, maybe something you've expected to be different?
When I moved here, I was negatively surprised by the low quality of buildings (mold tends to be common) and by the high price one needs to pay for renting them.
How often do you travel to Romania?
Every three months.
What do you mostly miss about Romania?
My family, the nut tree in my garden at home, the mountains and Cluj.
Do you see yourself moving back? What could convince you?
Yes. A job that would satisfy me and seeing some changes in administration. I feel that there is a lot of room for improvement in the way citizens are treated by the state.
You are totally right, however I personally believe the economical environment is moving forward. How does it look like from London?
I have noticed an increase in the number of NGO's and an active civil society. In my opinion, this is a sign of a functioning society.
Please tell me something particular about Romania that you would usually say to a foreign friend.
I always tell them about the cultural mix one can find in Transylvania and invite them to visit my home village, which has both a Romanian and a German name.
What is your biggest dream?
My biggest dream is to see my daughter happy. The other dream I have is to publish a book with stories for children.
Any final remarks regarding our home country?
I am quite interested to see the evolution of the political scene in the next year and I hope more of us will do the best we can to live in a fulfilling environment at home, if we choose to.
LE: Beginning with March 2017, Titiana is coming home. She and her beautiful family will move back to their beloved Cluj-Napoca, where they look to build a proper future for their young daughter. Welcome home, Titiana, and good luck with your plans and dreams! I hope you keep writing on your blog and looking forward to your book for children!
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