Dominika Duda Kirakowska - Community / Operations (Concierge)

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Tell us about yourself in one sentence.

I'm hyperactive social monster with zest for life and I truly have no limits when it comes to things that I might find interesting.

Tell us about a fulfilling or exciting special project that you worked on this year.

In Rotterdam we are the first CIC that created sustainability team where staff with "green hearts" finds challenges and try to troubleshoot operational problems with eco-friendly solutions in mind. I'm happy to part of that team and even though it's a struggle to combine it with daily operations it is very fulfilling.

How does working at CIC differ from other jobs you've had?

First of all, every person among CIC is a unique champ. Second, I've never worked at such a well organized company that dealt with so many operations. Third: what a fun place to work at! The amount of jokes, bursts of laughter and casual silliness is enormous, I love it.

What unique skills have you developed in your role at CIC?

I believe that I've mastered the mythical skill of multitasking, patience and prioritizing. When a lot happens you need to work your way through, have an honest smile and be able to lean on people that you work with.

What's the most interesting conversation you've ever had with a CIC client?

The most inspiring conversation was with a client that had similar experience as I did in finding a workplace that would empower him to change the world. He wanted to be an inspiring teacher, yet the reality and school setting didn't allow him to pursue his passion and he has become an entrepreneur teaching kids robotics.

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

I think the weirdest and rather not positive job I've ever had was taking care of 92 year-old German lady that hated Polish people (I'm Polish). Another weird example is life translating offshore safety courses where we would simulate evacuation from a drowning helicopter in gigantic pool or climbing down a platform. So much fun!

What is your favorite hobby/what do you like to do in your free time?

I love to invite people to my place and cook for them. Additionally, I'm an amateur singer and there is nothing more fun than to jam with my friends and create some ridiculous lyrics. When I'm not in a social mood I'd get a good book, or find an interesting documentary and just phase out under a blanket.

What's your favorite snack in the CIC kitchen and why?

I'm a great fan of Haribo Apple Rings. They remind me of my childhood, when we could only eat those when my folks received a package from family in Germany. However, dried mango slices and coconut cubes are not far behind—so much flavour and so healthy!