Iulia and Denis, where do you come from and why did you choose the Czech Republic?

Iulia: I am from Moldova. I moved to the Czech Republic six years ago and I came mainly for my studies. My father had moved here 15 years ago for business. I like it here a lot and I already have Czech citizenship.

Denis: I am from Israel. Primarily, moving here came as a decision from my parents; they also came for business and I am very glad for that. I have been here for eleven years. Prague is a really nice place to live. Life is very simple here – school, work, everything.

How did you get to ExxonMobil?

D: That was four years ago; it was a standard procedure through a job ad. It was a position of a Finance Analyst and I got really interested. So far, I had no previous experience in the field. I started a part-time job here and continued with my studies. Later, I transferred to a full-time one.

I: I have been in ExxonMobil since April. I started as a Credit Intern as part of my internship within my studies. ExxonMobil maintains strong cooperation with universities, so I was recommended by a professor. Since July, I have been working as a Credit Analyst in the Aviation team, but still only part-time as I haven’t finished my studies yet.

What are you responsible for in ExxonMobil?

D: I gradually changed my job positions in ExxonMobil, but they were all connected to the position of a Credit Financial Analyst. Currently, I am doing data analytics within the Credit team. I am processing data and based on that I get some knowledge about the market environment. I search for new sources that the Credit team can use for analyses of the market and customers. I also create data visualizations as well as reports for the management so that they can make relevant business decisions.

I: As a Credit Analyst, I assess the risk level of our clients. There are many factors that have an impact on the client’s credibility. I gather data and try to learn as much as possible about the client. Sometimes, we even meet with the client in person. As a result, we set the payment terms limits and so on.


What are the most important qualities required for your job position?

I: You have to keep hold of a lot of things; you need to be well-organized. I needed to adjust to that.

D: It is important to have an open mind and a thirst for knowledge. I would say that in the beginning, I did not perfectly meet all the requirements for the job, but I had the will to learn everything. Your effort and an open mind might be sometimes more important than the knowledge.

What do you like the most about the company?

D: I really appreciate the professional environment. You can feel you’re in a Triple-A company. Previously, I had worked for a small company, so I was afraid of the corporate life. I was prejudiced and, in the end, it turned out to be the complete opposite. Our contributions are highly appreciated and it is easy to assert and show yourself as well as your initiative. The professional approach is the most important thing for me. Also, the possibility of a home office means a lot to me.

I: I completely agree. I would just like to add that it does not matter whether you are here for a month or five years. ExxonMobil values its employees and the supervisors’ approach is a testament to it. You keep learning. There is something new, every day. I also like our Fit stops – short 5 mins exercises that take place every day after lunch. You get used to it so easily! It’s my favorite part of the day.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I: I am still studying so I do not have that much of a free time. However, when I do have some spare time, I love to cook and I also like to travel abroad. I go to Moldova to see my family every once or twice in a year.

D: I prefer hiking. There are so many wonderful places to go around Prague and also in the north, for example Milešovka.


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