Elena Zaharieva graduated from Sofia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Italian Philology back in 2006. Languages are her passion. She has studied 5 languages, speaks fluently 3 and can understand another 10. Her other passion is technology. When Elena was 4 years old, she used to disassemble and reassemble every device she could put her hands on. When she was a teenager, she was already helping her friends fix different software issues.
She wanted her job to combine these two interests so she started working as a translator of software products from English to Italian. Three years later, the company she was working for offered her the position of a technical writer. Since Elena loves taking risks and is open to challenges, she accepted the offer and for six years her job was to write end-user help documentation and manuals for electrical CAD software.
That is how she got to the next level in her career – BGO Software, where she writes different types of specifications, use cases and prepares mock-ups. Currently she is part of the team that is working on a project for a Fortune 100 Pharmaceutical Corporation.
Elena is also a big fan of budget traveling and often takes the opportunity to visit new places. She also enjoys reading and watching movies. Her favorite genres are crime, mystery, fantasy and sci-fi.
- How long have you been working for the company and how did everything start?
I’ve been working for BGO for 6 months now. Everything started when the guys from Lift HR contacted me via LinkedIn and invited me to an interview. I really liked the place and the people (maybe mainly because during my interview Ivan Angov, System Administrator, was preparing the barbecue) and I am really happy that Niki Stefanov (R&D Manager) put his trust on me and offered me the position of Technical Writer.
- What are the biggest challenges in what you do?
I have to stay focused and be able to extract and write the information I have in the right manner.
- What are the most fundamental skills you should have for your current position?
Precision, logic, communication, writing skills and a lot of imagination.
- As a Technical Writer, tell us what it is like to be one.
It is a challenging and interesting job that allows you to gather pieces of knowledge from numerous areas – it depends on the product or service that requires documentation.
- My favorite moment of the day is when I get into my car and turn on the radio at loud volume
- The first thing I notice about a person is their handshaking
- The 3 things I cannot work without are my laptop, Internet and headphones
- My 3 favorite online places are facebook, DIY sites and youtube
- When I am offline, I am either traveling, sleeping or creating something
- I love my job because it is never boring and it keeps my brain busy
- I get inspired by self-taught people, creative people and the ones that never stop searching for answers
- If I had a superpower, I would be able to change reality
- On my nightstand you will find a lamp, a bottle of water, ear plugs, my phone, headphones, some cosmetics and a book (I have a large nightstand)
- I come to work by car, by tram or on foot
- I learn the most from the Internet
- If I had to describe myself in 3 words, they would be funny, crazy and a genius
- The strangest thing I believed in as a child was that if I concentrate enough, I will be able to change people’s thoughts
- One person I consider a genius is Leonardo da Vinci
- My favorite quote is (no quotes by Paulo Coelho if possible) “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde
- If I win from the lottery, I will buy a house by the sea with a private beach and I will spend my time swimming and relaxing
- If I have to describe to my grandparents what I do for a living, I will probably tell them that I write instructions
- My philosophy in life is never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark, professionals built the Titanic 🙂