From Europe to North America
I had been working with Procurement and Category Management for 7 years when I decided to make a radical change.
Without knowing what to expect other than the unexpected, I moved from
Copenhagen, Denmark to Toronto, Canada in late May 2014. I
decided to relocate because I've always wanted to live and work abroad and to
challenge myself by relocating to what was an unknown country across the Atlantic. It was the right time to do it taken different aspects of life into account.
So far, it has been an eye opener and an interesting as well as an exciting adventure both socially and professionally. Getting to know the city of Toronto and its
surroundings, learning about Canada, getting to build a social and professional network as well as changing careers from Procurement to Business Development/Sales. The relocation has added more experience and personal growth to my suitcase. Your habits and routines are suddenly challenged while others erased. For example biking as a means of transportation in a city where the dangers are greater compared to Copenhagen, getting to know the city's public transportation services, even opening a bank account, getting a phone number, and finding a place to stay has reminded me that some things are taken for granted.
Having relocated, I have realized that many things are taken
for granted when you have stayed for so many years in a particular place. A
place that you have become familiar with and where you have developed
routines and habits, which you need to deal with when they are no longer
valid as when relocating across continents. Having to embrace the change
and managing it has had an impact on me and by that I have further
strengthened my ability to identify, assess and react to changes as well as
seek out and seize opportunities.
Many have asked me, Why Canada/Toronto?
Canada because it is a country that welcomes people from different cultures and intergates them fairly well, and not to mention the stunning nature. What makes Toronto attractive is its multi-cultural
population, the diversity of thoughts based on peoples origins/culture, people's entrepreneurial mindset, the
continuous development of the startup environment, the business environment, the proximity to an
interesting market that is the US, and that it's the biggest and vibrant city in Canada. The city is an international hub with proximity to different countries/Europe and Toronto has diverse cultural offerings both socially and professionally.
For the past 2 years, I've been working with Business Development/Sales, between Europe and North America. My business understanding is both from a strategic level and an operational level, from planning to execution, and with companies of all sizes as well as industries.
I simply love helping businesses grow which is WHY I do what I do.
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