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career questions to ... Catharin Valenza

1. What was your first job?
Customer relationship manager.

2. What would you be doing professionally if you weren't working in HR?
Wedding planner.

3. What do you consider your biggest achievement in your career?
Reaching where I wanted to be: in HR Management at the right company.

4. Which song would you choose as the soundtrack of your life? Why?
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" – because I have always set new challenges for myself.

5. Who or what has had the biggest influence on your life?
My parents.

6. What do you like to do when you are not in the office? (or on Sundays)
Cooking for friends, reading, going for a walk.

7. What's your favourite place on Earth?
My home.

8. What do you like the most about working in HR?
Working with people and being part of an essential pillar within the schoenherr group. People really are the firm’s most important resources and we assist the firm in finding and retaining them.

9. What is the most challenging part of your job?
Working together with people from various backgrounds, cultures and religions, each of them with their own special personality, to achieve shared objectives.

10. If you could be a superhero, what power would you possess?
I would love to be able to become invisible and fly.

11. Are there any (other) new skills that you want to develop this year?
I'm bringing my cooking expertise to perfection.

12. Looking back 15 years from now, what would you like to have accomplished in your life?
The same as now: happiness, good health, and helping others.

13. What career advice would you provide to others?
Remain true to yourself and gather as much international experience as possible.

14. Why do you think someone should join Schoenherr?
The firm is truly regional, we think outside the box, we are different and diverse, the opportunities are endless.