BIZLife “30 under 30”: Ana Brzakovic, Communication Director, Delta Holding

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Ana graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Nis, Department of Journalism. Owing to student exchange program scholarships, she attended her second year of high school in Colorado and her final year of faculty at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA. She started working in Delta Holding in 2015 as a participant in the Young Leaders program. During her first year, she gained practical experience in corporate communications, where she was in charge of digital communications, and in the HR sector, where she worked as an associate for corporate culture development. Since May 2016, she has been managing the external communications of Delta Holding. She is in charge of media relations, company events and communication on digital channels. She speaks English, and has the basic knowledge of Spanish and German. Did you have to give something up in order to get where you are now? When we make a decision to do something and say “yes” to something, we are all aware of the fact that it means saying “no” to something else. I did miss out on a night out or hanging out with friends, sometimes a few hours of sleep, and I used my free time to finish work-related tasks, but I did everything for a reason and it was worth it. Nevertheless, I try to live my life so that one of its aspects does not cause the other aspects to suffer for too long. When you sacrifice something, it is done for a clear goal that needs to be accomplished within a certain timeframe and that is perfectly fine. Has success reached you or have you achieved success? Nothing comes by itself or falls from the sky. Sometimes it is necessary to be lucky and to be at the right place at the right time, but it is then necessary to know how to take an opportunity and to work hard and strive for success. I believe that success is always achieved if one wants it hard enough, works hard, makes a lot of effort and if one has the courage to take the opportunities offered. And when there are no opportunities, one must be proactive and create them. What is the most important lesson you have learned in your work so far? People and interpersonal relationships are the most important. You can complete any task and solve any problems if you know the right people. Develop and maintain good relationships with people because you always do business with other people, make deals with them, negotiate and work with them. What is the final goal? There is no final goal. When the goal is reached, new goals are set, even higher. The most important thing for me is that, as I achieve my goals, I enjoy that journey and to always be healthy, happy and surrounded by wonderful and dear people. If you are not surrounded by your loved ones and you do not have a sense of happiness and fulfillment, all the great achievements and goals you reach are in vain.

Personal

Favourite subject at school? ‒ Literature.

Your first job? ‒ The current one.

Business role model? ‒ Richard Branson.

A poem as a motto? ‒ Rudyard Kipling: “If”.

Source: BIZLife magazin