Looking back, I notice a rather interesting moment: all the major events and positive changes happened just when I needed them most. One such moment was the acquaintance of an ambitious though inexperienced freshman with the directors of the Stanad company Yuriy Petrov and Stanislav Nedashkovsky who were dealing with climate technology, the design of ventilation systems, air conditioning, drainage of air in pools. It happened back in 1998.
“The meeting with the directors of the company Stanad definitely played a huge part in the development of me as a professional in my area”
A year later, when I was in my second year of university, I was offered the position of sales manager at Stanad. I should mention that even then I earned quite well (especially by students’ standards), thanks to my online store of home appliances. But for the sake of new position, my own enterprise had to be shut down, but I have never regretted it, because during 8 years at Stanad I gained, in the first place, invaluable experience in the field of engineering, design and, moreover, negotiation skills.
At first I was engaged only in the sale of equipment. But this sphere was not that interesting for me without the connection with the other ones. Therefore, over time, I began to study logistics and management – so to say, the company from the inside. Noticing my enthusiasm, the leaders of the Stanad began to entrust me with more functions and give more opportunities for development. A few years later, I practically became their alternate and could fully run the company during their absence.
Working in this company not only armed me with an arsenal of useful skills, but also helped to clarify the main truths: only working for myself will help me to maximize my potential. Having reached the ceiling, some people can for years (if not decades) rest on that position and do not change anything, afraid to leave their comfort zone. I acted differently, wrote the letter of resignation and went practically in nowhere. Was it scary then? Of course! Do I regret about my decision now? Of course not!