Open-mindedness and communication – a key to your successful career

Today Robin, employee of “Western Union”, will share his story about unexpected career path and his role in this worldwide financial services and communications company.

“I am a Supervisor, Talent Acquisition specialist, leading a fantastic recruitment team who are pushing boundaries for how many people can be hired through a qualificative process. The right conversation and the right candidate experience can be the starting point for a career in this global company. “Western Union” is a friendly, engaged work environment, where your extra effort never remains unnoticed. For me personally, this means a colorful day every day, full of meetings, 1on1’s and international calls.

Through my work, I have been lucky to make so many connections here – connections that will help me with every new project I, or my team, come up with. I have the chance to provide trainings here, build and moderate events and simply be part of many fun activities that make work a lot more interesting. And recruitment is a great way to make people meet, to bring the right person to the right job. Through the years, you can get to know every angle of the business.

This is, however, not at all what I studied. I always wanted to be a teacher, studied English and History and was ready to stay put right where I was. I was prepared to do this, and only this, until I would retire. It was only when I travelled abroad for Erasmus that I kind of breathed the fresh air of elsewhere.

After I finished my studies, I migrated to beautiful Vilnius and found a job as a language teacher. I taught kids and adults, groups and individuals, exam preparation, organizations, companies, led summer camps, created events. And I loved it. Diversifying my activities helped me keep an open mind. After all, I had always enjoyed adding extra activities to my everyday life. In school I wrote for the school newsletter and served as a student representative. In my sports club I was a coach and club representative, at the basketball club I wrote for the club magazine. At my first job I voluntarily led the house council and at my job in Vilnius I took on the additional role of academic activity coordinator. It was all about communication, language, connectivity.

Entering the business world was very far off field to me. As a teacher at heart, I was one for the arts – and I fended off any approach for years. It was more by personal recommendation that I finally tried an interview – and because I liked the interview – I tried starting – and because I liked the start – I tried staying. 5 years later, I am still here, going from strength to strength, now in my 3rd position with the company. Now, looking back, all puzzle pieces do fit – I was a good recruiter because I loved asking questions as a teacher and because I had experience working with very different people all at once. I became a trainer at my work because of my studies background. My English studies and international experience helped me with my first job in Lithuania and keep helping me in my modern, global work environment now. The committee work I do now, collaborating with fellow trainers and with universities, comes from the community work I did before.

The first aspects of the very new business environment I faced, the one I did not want to join in the first place, were the tendency to say thanks for favors done, an openness I had not expected and the constant opportunity to collaborate. This is what drove me to succeed here – and rely on an open mind again.

Over the years, I have seen many faces come and go, and specifically from a recruitment perspective noticed so many backgrounds start at the company – BA graduates, IT people, lawyers, language speakers, artists. A place like this lives by its diversity and we can only keep growing when we keep our doors open.

Speaking of open doors: While the one at “Western Union” is never closed, I would like to encourage any student to have a look into it – and into any door they can find. It is important to know what you want – but trust me – getting to know sometimes involves trying something you absolutely do not know first.”