In the spotlight this week is 29-year-old Cristina. Born in Romania and raised in Lleida, this Product Owner at Service Club tells us more about herself, her work and what she loves!
So Cristina, what does a Product Owner do?
If I have to summarise, I would describe my job as being the middle-person between the development team and the users. I get to learn from both sides, but in particular from the users, whose input is crucial when building a valuable product – understanding their point of view enables us to constantly improve it. Creativity, vision and hard team-work are the foundation of my job and I couldn’t ask for a bigger challenge!
And tell us more about the Service Club!
Service Club is a Training Academy and an Emergency Recruitment Platform for the Hospitality Industry. With the Service Club platform, restaurants, hotels and other businesses in the hospitality industry can quickly and efficiently recruit trained staff at short notice using the platform’s geolocation feature.
And how did you get to where you are now?
I've never had a professional dream. Well, when I was super young I wanted to be a lawyer and marry the Prince of Bel Air but life has taken me somewhere else. My parents decided to move to Spain, not Bel Air…so, I needed a new plan. Since moving to Spain, change has been the only constant in my life and I have never been afraid to change when I felt like I needed a new challenge: I've been a teacher, salesperson, founder, and now, a Product Owner. In a nutshell, I love working with people and get out the best from them.
What advice would you like to give to our readers?
- Never stop learning
- What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.
- Be yourself.
“A good friend will come and bail you out of jail, but a best friend will be sitting next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun'!”
And do you have a motto? Can you explain it?
Growth Mindset ON. I think that we constantly need to remind ourselves that we have the ability to grow and learn whatever we want to become whoever we want. It takes self-awareness, resilience and persistence. Do you have a growth mindset?
Where is your favourite place to hang out in OneCoWork?
My favourite place is in the 2nd Floor break-out area – right by the coffee machine. I can’t live without coffee – so feel free to stop by and join me for one, whenever.
And what other hobbies do you have?
I enjoy reading, traveling and running. I enjoy them because are the best way to get inspired. I’d recommend reading “The pursuit of happiness” with Will Smith, my husband 😊.
Give us some more fun facts…
If I were an animal, I’d be a chameleon – they’re versatile, adaptive and strategic hunters!
How can we connect with you?
I am super active on LinkedIn and I hope to start a blog or video blog soon.