Full interview: Iulia Crasmariu, a mentor in SIM’s community

HR Professional, Digital Media Specialist, Employer Branding Specialist, IT Recruitment

💃Who is Iulia Crasmariu, and what does she do?

I’m an HR professional working in the IT sector. My background is in engineering with a master's degree in HR Management and Optimization methods. I joined the HR industry in 2009 and never imagined it would be such a great experience! Besides my full-time job as an HR Manager for Ausy Technologies Romania, now I contribute by volunteering and offering career guidance, IT recruitment training, employer branding, and employee engagement best practices. I count myself fortunate to work alongside my talented colleagues who continuously support me to do my very best.

💃When did you realize what you wanted to do? 

My first internship in HR showed me the value of working in a positive and supportive environment and learning from the people around me.

💃What does work-life balance mean to you? 

We're all unique, and the term "work-life” means something different to everyone. For me, it means spending enough time achieving my goals: in work, but as well devoting time to the people and activities that I love: spending time with my friends and family; writing, playing tennis, swimming, traveling, and volunteering.

💃What does it mean for you to be a mentor?

For me, getting a warm feeling of happiness from helping someone is one of the biggest benefits of mentoring. You grow together with your mentees, too. The mentorship experience can provide significant professional value to both parties, and you extend the understanding of the current working environment from your mentee's challenges and experiences (that would never usually reach your radar). You may be surprised to see a better side of yourself that you like very much by giving advice and support.

💃If you were to leave readers with a message, what would it be? 

Trying things is the best way to learn! Take a class, join an internship, read, volunteer your work, and talk to people who share your interests. Do that for all of the things you're interested in. Connecting with multiple professionals with varying specialties can be helpful too. Focus on the strengths of each mentor and determine how you can harness that knowledge. There are many amazing people out there who are great at what they do. The point is, a mentor can be anyone, anywhere. Do their backgrounds and current responsibilities interest you? Reach out to them and let them know you are interested in learning more about them and what they do. And keep in mind that nowadays, as we experience new things and different situations, our interests will evolve. This is why, regardless of what you do each day, bring your passion with you! And maybe it will lead us in new career directions.