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The Upskill 4.0 team: meet Olga Popa, the new project manager of Upskill 4.0

She was the child of whys, and Olga Popa has remained so. Born in Moldova in 1996, she moved with her parents after first grade to Vicenza, Italy, where she then attended scientific high school with a focus on economics and social sciences and then continued on to university with a bachelor's degree at Ca' Foscari in economics and business administration, and a master's degree in business administration and management. She has always been busy: au pair in London, an internship at the European Parliament, because sitting still bores her. She needs to explore, see new things, try new experiences. She is always ready to organize a trip or an event and involve everyone around her. For the past few months she has been working with Upskill 4.0 as a project manager. 

How did your journey in Upskill 4.0 begin and what do you do? 

Ever since I was a child I dreamed of working in a company, in a context where my ideas could have value. That is why after seven months in Brussels I chose to return to Italy to resume the path I had always dreamed of. 

I then started working in a medium-sized company in the footwear industry as a Production Planner. My organizer and perfectionist soul thought it would find fertile ground, unfortunately, however, I came up against a reality far from me. For me, work should be an exchange of ideas between people, customer care, attention to detail, and people-centeredness. 

In my case galeotto was a summer ice cream: one evening in fact I met Alice Rizzetto, account manager of Upskill 4.0, we had known each other for a long time and had already worked together. She told me about Upskill 4.0, about the regeneration projects she was leading, and I was immediately passionate about the idea of being able to do my part.

I joined the team a few months ago and follow ongoing projects from scouting to applying the Design Thinking methodology.

What are your interests? 

My head is always traveling, which is why as soon as I get a chance I take a trip out of town or a trip to the mountains. Vacations on the road have always been my favorite, of course they must be organized down to the smallest detail so as not to miss any secret unexplored places. Upcoming goals: Scotland in Van and The Way of the Gods, from Bologna to Florence.

What are your plans for 2023 and 2024?

To grow, both personally and professionally. I hope that this new year will be a turning point for my career path, I would like to work on different projects so that I can be responsible and helpful in changing small local realities and young students. I also hope to bring a contribution and added value to the Upskill 4.0 team, which I am convinced will have a lot to teach me.