What is your line of work? Why did you join the technology business in the first place? What motivated you?
I work as a Solution Architect for Worldline Iberia. We create solution strategies to update Legacy Applications to Cloud Computing Architectures and from waterfall methodologies to DevOps.
I joined the technology business because it is still fun and enjoyable (I love coding). I also like the fact that its culture is one where people regularly thank each other and express gratitude to their co-workers.
Nowadays, technology is everywhere and I wanted to be part of that wave. Indeed, working in the technology business provides opportunities to innovate, to grow and to have new challenges, as well as the possibility to work with talented people.
What do you find more challenging in your profession?
I would say that adapting to the transformation of payments, and to the innovations around it, can be considered as challenging. In addition, being compliant with security requirements and regulations, and adapting to cultural changes, can also be challenging
Finally, what I consider maybe as my biggest challenge is being an advocate of change towards people who have been working for more than 20 years with the same systems using the same methodologies. Indeed, old habits tend to die hard!
What are you most proud of in your work?
I am proud of many aspects of my work at Worldline but the one that matters the most to me is the moment when the products you have put a lot of efforts into go live and impact many people. It provides a great sense of accomplishment and a great sense of pride. One concrete example of that is enabling Japanese tourists to pay with their credit cards in Belgium thanks to the work of our team.
What advices would you give to achieve work-life balance?
In order to achieve work-life balance, I think you must manage your time (if you cannot do it by yourself, I suggest getting help from a personal coach), make time for your family (enjoying weekends and vacations), take time for yourself (read more, exercise) and manage your work hours (set achievable working hours).
How has Worldline helped you to advance in your career and reach your professional goals?
First, Worldline gave me the opportunity to develop an international career 8 years ago. Then, Worldline enabled me to work in many different domains around payments with highly qualified people, in multi-cultural teams, in a happy workforce, promoting a lot of internal initiatives …. And by mainly showing respect, trust and admiration for my work.