Great Opportunity to Connect, Upgrade and Share!

posted January 29, 2018

Education, especially non-formal one is a key factor to upgrading a professional profile in a structured and organized manner. Thanks to Macedonia2025 I was given the opportunity for higher achievement in my professional career and was able to gain solid basis for further upgrade and update.

An enormous value can be gained from being part of this program and it's something every entrepreneur should be considering. It leads to new relationships and connections, partnerships, business ideas and even new clients and customers

Macedonia2025 was a great support for me during the entire process. Besides the scholarship for a one-week executive educational program in one of the world’s top ranked schools in Canada - Schulich School of Business at York University I was awarded with, I also had an opportunity to shadow the manager at GoTransit - the regional public transit service.

I chose the program - Leadership competences, which is an excellent business program with a focus on leadership. It was very well executed course with excellent trainers. The classes were focused and very thought-provoking, providing practical applications and personal experiences. The advice and counseling from the outstanding professors proved invaluable in helping me achieve my personal objectives and becoming a better leader. The course offered diverse topics and covered subject areas that included:

  • Strategic Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Financial Leadership
  • Coaching and Mentoring Skills
  • Creating High Performance Workplace
  • Globalization
  • Navigating Future of Risk Management

The class meetings were challenging, promoted critical thinking and offered us the chance to build a robust skill-set applicable to our businesses. Sharing the experience with leaders of great companies is always a good chance to promote good practices.

Regarding the job-shadowing, it was one great week of international work experience. Go Transit is a regional public transit system in Southern Ontario, Canada, serving the Golden Horseshoeregion. The company’s mission is to champion, develop and implement an integrated transportation system in the region by providing train and bus transportation. It aims in delivering mobility solutions which connect people, places and communities throughout the region. GoTransit is providing system length of 452 kilometers by rail and 2,785 kilometers by bus with annual ride ship of 69.5 million passengers and annual revenue of $479.5 million. I was hosted in the division of Business Systems and Administrative Services that incorporates 16 employees, caring about the strategy development of the company. I was given the opportunity to take part of all working sessions from the new developing ongoing projects, as well as in the daily activities of this department. Throughout the job shadowing, I had the opportunity to share and discuss the challenges that the companies are facing. What is more, I got acquainted to the working culture in other country, that broadened my perspective in the way of seeing different understanding and communication.

My sincere thanks to everyone, especially Mr. Steve Sarafinovski for helping me navigate through the great one-week experience. Finally, I would like to stress that there are many benefits of being part of Macedonia2025’s programs, but the most important one is the opportunity to connect with like-minded people, which ensures longevity that in turn is a MUST for achieving success. I strongly believe that being given the opportunity to be part of this program will be of an immense value to everyone’s professional career advancement for one reason – making all of us capable of creating better performing workplaces in the companies that we work in and within our country as well.

Thank you for all your help and encouragement!

Pljakoska Svetlana, Managing Director, Olympia Motors - Macedonia

Are you a manager or executive from Macedonia who wants this kind of experience? Then apply to this year’s open call for a chance to get a scholarship!

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