Have you ever wondered how growing up in a certain place shapes your personality and career choices?
My favorite memories of growing up in the warm and hospitable region of Puglia in southern Italy, are the summers spent by the sea. There was something about the warm sun, the salty breeze, and the friendly people that made every day seem like there was a new adventure to discover out there. I would spend my days exploring the coastline, swimming in the crystal-clear waters, and pretty much doing any activity one could imagine when thinking about the sea.
One summer, I worked in a small family-owned restaurant near the beach. They welcomed me in as if I were one of their own, and soon I was helping out in the kitchen and chatting with customers. I learned the art of making people feel at home and at ease, a skill that has stayed with me throughout my life.
Years later, during my university studies, I worked as a bartender to support myself. The skills I had learned during those summer vacations came in handy as I interacted with customers and made sure they felt comfortable and valued. I would remember details about their preferences, such as their favorite music and drink, and use that knowledge to make their experience special.
It was during this time that I realized my passion for connecting with people and making them feel comfortable. I loved building relationships and creating a welcoming atmosphere, but I knew there was something more out there for me. After university, I moved to the Netherlands and began my career. Sales was my calling. I loved the fast-paced environment and the opportunity to connect with many different people, listening to their experiences and making them my own. But it wasn’t until my previous job that I rediscovered my passion for technology. I started writing small codes in Excel VBA to simplify workflows and optimize processes, and I was amazed by the results. The process of thinking through a challenge, translating it into instructions and codes, and seeing the results was incredibly satisfying.
When I discovered Cuurios, I knew it was the perfect fit for me. At Cuurios, I’m able to combine my commercial spirit with my interest in technology, and I feel like an important part of the team. The company culture is one of openness, collaboration, and inclusivity, and I’m proud to be part of the team.
Looking back, I realize that my upbringing in southern Italy and my experiences working in hospitality helped me boost my career in sales and have shaped who I am today. I am grateful for those experiences and for the opportunity to continue to learn and grow at Cuurios.