Where are you from?
I was born in Burgas on the Black Sea in Bulgaria. I finished a high school specialised in German language, then I went to study in Germany for seven years. At the beginning of 2017, I moved to Tampere.
What would you like to tell about yourself?
I am passionate about traveling, history, cultures, learning languages and most of all people’s stories as well as psychology which I also studied in Germany. I connect easily with people and enjoy networking. My friends value my professional knowledge in recruitment. I enjoy helping people find out what they really want in terms of career. Since 2008 I run a blog, mostly in Bulgarian language, on which I share insights on life abroad (www.lotlorien.com ) .
What makes Tampere special for you?
Even before arriving here, I felt warmly welcomed. Organizing my arrival was easy because the information on how to settle is systematic. In the first days, I was amazed by the trust and helpfulness I experienced. I was impressed both by the English skills and the open-mindedness and knowledge about the world of the people I met. Next thing I fell in love with was the fantastic mix of urban areas with wonderful cafés and the closeness to wild nature. While hiking in the severe conditions during the winter here, I learned a lot about myself and found an unexpected power and endurance in me. Also, very important to me is the clean environment – not only the air and water are amazingly clean, also the lack of noise pollution helped me sleep better than ever. All these things make Tampere a great place to visit, to live and to work in!
Tell about your professional activities?
I came to Tampere straight after my graduation in psychology to work in an international start-up revolutionising the area of career guidance. Through our work, we also have the possibility to rediscover our own career paths. It is very inspiring and demanding and I feel growing into a responsible professional there.
What is your involvement in international activities?
Besides working in a completely international company, I enjoy learning Finnish language and have few tandem partners which help me improve speaking and in return, I help them learn German which is my second mother tongue. I look forward having more possibilities to engage in international activities being it youth organizations or cultural events because they have always been part of my life abroad.
What is your mission as a Tampere Ambassador?
I want to promote Tampere both as a tourist destination and such for an inspiring career boost, especially for Bulgarians. With its history as a rather young industrial city, it reminds me a lot of my hometown Burgas. Both cities stay in the shadow between the capital of the country and the “traditional” destinations like Lapland here or the Black Sea coast in Bulgaria. I see a lot of possibilities for exchange and collaboration which will lead to a better future for everyone involved
What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?
Tampere is a centre of innovation, attracting talents from all over the world to work, research and personally develop here. I see this city growing and becoming an inspiring example for sustainability and change.