Name: Lia Trenovska
Occupation: Business Law Student
Current Location: Berlin, Germany
Hometown: Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
GLOW position: Member of Sustainability Team
GLOW year: 2009
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
I love big cities but also the coziness of the countryside. I am dreaming of a house at the sea side with a big porch facing the horizon. Travelling, wining and dining, networking, reading and striving for self-improvement personally and professionally make me feel happy and fulfilled.
Tell us about yourself – what are you doing, where are you?
I am currently in my last year of my Bachelor in Business Law at Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft in Berlin, Germany. At the moment I am writing my thesis in tax law and working part time in the Indirect Tax department of a big international consultancy company in Berlin.
What do you love about your job?
Business Law and law in particular give me the freedom of expression as I have always been a person who worships words and the worlds that one can create out of them. Solving cases and applying legal principles have improved my analytical skills and I am fond of assignments and projects which challenge my knowledge and my personal status quo.
Working in tax law consultancy I find interesting and succeeding at it requires long hours and devotion. While working I am learning a lot about various businesses and their business models which is another great advantage of the job.
Walk us through your work day.
I arrive at the office and turn the laptop on. A small talk with my colleague follows but as I notice that he is also in need of coffee, we march into the kitchen together. After I quickly go through my emails and if I have nothing to finish from the previous day I go to my manager to ask for some new tasks. Communication is essential for one’s success in this job as there is a constant collaboration between management, team leads, clients, other departments and service lines, etc.
What “rules” do you live by?
I believe in positive thinking, persistence and hard-work. Recently I started to live by the “rule” of simplicity as I came to the conclusion that the simpler the idea is the higher are the chances that it is also effective and turned into reality.
What is the greatest thing about education?
To me education is the greatest gift anyone can give or receive and I am thankful to my parents for all the support and encouragement so far. Education could solve many problems at early stage as educated people react and solve problems in a different way than others on average. I am eager to work towards a broad access to education for anyone in order to have better, smarter and peaceful communities and less people in unequal positions. “The more the merrier” applies to the fullest regarding knowledge and education, therefore, I am currently applying for Master programs.
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
I was privileged to have great teachers at school. The other students were also a source of inspiration to me with their successes and open-mindfulness. However, the person who has inspired me the most is my grandmother. She has been an amazing folklore singer and has travelled the world back in the years when it was not quite possible for East Europeans. With her curiosity, passion, honesty, strength and mindfulness she has been a powerful role model to me.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about innovation in every life aspect – business, law, technology, education, etc. Change in the form of progress can make our lives easier and more efficient. I am interested in start-ups and innovation projects in which I am willing to invest time and energy in.
Travel is another great passion of mine and I can’t wait to figure out my next destination.
Which experiences in life helped you become the person you are?
Moving to Germany has influenced me the most so far. It has showed me that life is not about the end destination but about being on the road. I am happy to have met incredible people so far and being able to share my dreams with them and grow.
When things get tough, how do you keep yourself going?
I try harder and harder. Giving up often seems as the easier option but as a matter of fact I don’t think it is. Because afterwards many more questions and probabilities need to be considered. In a tough situation I always work towards improving my stress and time management skills.
Which are the things for which we should always find time? Why are they important
The people we love should always be able to fit into our busy schedules. The well spent time with them and the memories will encourage us to perform better and at the end we will feel more balanced and accomplished.
What books do you consider must read?
The Little Prince, Alice in Wonderland and Winnie-the-Pooh were there for me in my childhood. I remember my dad reading more than three times Pippi Longstockings to me out loud, it was our thing. Then the time of other books came such as 1984, Great Gatsby, Lolita, Animal Farm, Fahrenheit 451, Of Mice and Men, etc. With the days and months passing I realize that what counts is being able to wear Alice’s blue dress from time to time, staying brave to find foxes and don’t being afraid of taming them and being tamed.
What motivates you to be part of GLOW?
GLOW has lighted a spark in me 7 years ago when I was a camper at the summer Leadership Academy. It created for me a pool of friends and acquaintances all around the world. This is a valuable and reliable network for each and every young professional and I am proud to be part of it.
The mission of GLOW I have always recognized as my personal mission so for me it comes naturally to collaborate with GLOW and make things happen.
Tell us something interesting that very few people know about you!
I intend to sign up for a computer sciences and a coding course as I find it really fascinating. I hope that it’s going to be in the near 1-2 years. Let’s see! I am open for recommendations and all those learn/do-it-by-yourself websites as well.
What is your advice for the young people?
Having a plan and following it is a good start for sure. What in my opinion nowadays is more important is being able to notice an opportunity right away and grasp it. Sometimes opportunities are not shiny at all and happen in elevators, public transport or come to us dressed as failures. It’s up to us to use our senses and shape them as such.
Share with us your favourite most inspirational piece – article/ story/ talk/ video!
This video of the word-spoken poet Sarah Kay I play whenever I don’t feel persuaded enough in the chosen path.To me it’s about the memories, the flashback, these inner hesitations that we all have to cope with and about not forgetting that it will all turn out good if we want it to.