Chanita Popova graduated from National Commercial school Vasil Levski in Plovdiv. She liked accounting but it wasn’t dynamic enough for her. For this reason, she tried to find something more challenging and intriguing instead. While she was in high school, Chanita participated in a two-year course on management organized by Junior Achievement. It gave her a new perspective and she loved every second of it. After that, Chanita started her Bachelor Degree in Psychology. She always wanted her job to be related to helping people in one way or another.
About a year ago, though, Chanita signed up for the free programming courses at Web Academy. And somehow everything clicked into place. She was able to do everything she wanted and could put into practice everything she’s learned so far. Chanita is now part of Web Academy as a lecturer. She shares that she can’t wait to see the next chapter of her life.
Chanita loves humans, books, nature and animals. When she needs a rest from humans, she reads book, rides a horse or simply organizes different things in order to clear and calm her mind. Chanita enjoys long conversations with smart and witty people as well. She believes this is a great way to learn a lot from them.
- How long have you been working for the company and how did everything start?
I’ve been working for BGO for 9 months now. But the story is a little bit longer. My first encounter with the company was through their project Web Academy. As I started I was wondering why were they giving so much. I met Ivan Lekushev (CEO) for the first time when he came to one of the lectures and told us all about Web Academy and how it started. This was a passion project, I saw it in his eyes. And in that moment, I knew I wanted to become part of the company. I have never seen a better team and leaders. There was an open position at the Academy as an assistant, so I applied and I got the job. I was delighted to learn every day and work at the same time. My devotion and motivation helped me develop my skills further and I took on Web Academy’s Front-End course as a teacher later on. Shortly after that, I was given yet another opportunity – that of becoming an office manager in BGO Software’s office in Plovdiv.
- What are the biggest challenges in what you do?
Saying no when it’s necessary, remembering everything I got to do, organizing and deciding when to do it and, lastly, managing new things when they pop up.
- What are the most fundamental skills you should have for your current position?
Time management, staying calm and having positive energy so everything can happen a little bit easier.
- As an Office Manager, tell us what it is like to be one.
It’s like being a mom I guess. You look like you know all the answers, you want everyone to be happy and you try your best, you are exhausted at the end of the day but you love it and you go on the roundabout the next day too.
- My favorite moment of the day is when someone smiles back at me
- The first thing I notice about a person is the light in their eyes
- The 3 things I cannot work without are music, motivation and computer
- My 3 favorite online places are YouTube, Facebook and WebAcademy.bg
- When I am offline, I read or listen to a book and relax or I go out with my friends
- I love my job because it’s different every day. And as time goes by, I get better at what I do because I’m surrounded by smart, motivated and kind people 🙂
- I get inspired by dedicated people with fire in their eyes
- If I had a superpower, it would be reading emotions
- On my nightstand you will find my phone and my glasses
- I come to work with a smile
- I learn the most from being present. If you just look, you will miss everything you need to see 🙂
- If I had to describe myself in 3 words, they would be lucky, ambitious and dedicated
- The strangest thing I believed in as a child was that there were bad people but now I know that there are people who are just scared and hurt
- One person I consider a genius… I like to find the genius in every person and I think we can learn something from everyone
- My favorite quote is (no quotes by Paulo Coelho if possible) “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”
- If I win from the lottery, I will teach and I will kick-start an organization in Bulgaria that funds motivated people through their studies
- If I have to describe to my grandparents what I do for a living, I will tell them that I teach, learn and take care of people 🙂
- My philosophy in life is be happy, everything else will find its place in time