Symphony Personas: Aleksandar Gacevski
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Symphony Solutions welcomes a plethora of diverse people in its family, from different locations, of various backgrounds, with peculiar interests. What brings them all together are the shared values and a high level of professionalism.
Aleksandar Gacevski joined Symphony Solutions Skopje office earlier this year and took on the role of an Info Security Officer. However, over the course of the year, he brought so much more to the company. Aleksandar stood on guard of our security performing his duties as the Infosecurity manager. He shared with us his passion for paragliding, being a long-time member of the Macedonian national paragliding team, a world cup pilot, and the owner of his own paragliding school.
A year comes to an end since Aleksandar Gacevski joined Symphony Solutions. On the occasion, he answered some questions about his experience working for the company so far, his achievements and career plans, tips on handling stress, and so much more.
1. What motivates you in your work? What do you enjoy about working at Symphony Solutions?
The pillars established within Symphony were the perfect match for me, especially the TRUST. Trust = Freedom = Responsibility.
2. What achievements in your work are you most proud of? Why?
When I am able to coordinate lots of people and at the end to have a positive outcome for all of them.
3. What do you enjoy about your job as an Infosecurity Manager the most?
I enjoy the given opportunity to level up Symphony Solutions in a way that everyone (Symphonians, partners, clients…) will have the feeling that they are in a healthy organization.
4. What are your professional and career plans?
To establish standards of proper information security and data protection management.
5. How has the company changed since you joined?
Well, to be honest, I have arrived just before the COVID-19 and at the beginning it was a bit stressy for me.
Fortunately, the colleagues, my team, the coziness of the offices, made me feel good and confident at all times.
Now I am sure that we will become stronger in every single area.
6. What are your hobbies?
I have a few hobbies and all of them have something to do with outdoor activities. My number one hobby is paragliding. I started flying in 2000 and, since then, I have attended many world cups and European championships as a part of the national team.
For me, paragliding is a sport that if done wholeheartedly has the power to completely transform your personality and character by guiding you to take responsible actions, to bring brave decisions, and to learn when to be patient and when to do it as fast as possible.
During summertime, I am sharing my passion by performing paragliding tandem flights with people whose dream is to fly.
7. How do you keep work-life balance?
Easy. I am grateful for having the opportunity to be able to postpone my job activities (of course in nothing urgent) and go out to do some sport activity.
Flexible working hours is what I enjoy because sometimes I am more productive during the evenings.
8. How do you handle stress?
By hanging out in nature and spending some quality time with my family and with people who give off positive vibes.
9. With the recent changes in the world, how did it impact your life and work? What has changed for you personally?
You know… You can see your reflection only in still waters… Since we are in a constant rush, maybe this crazy time was the right one to escape from the loop we are all in.
Probably, this was the best time for me to fully reset myself, to slow down and to re-prioritize life.
10. Your tips and tricks for remote work?
Create a cozy working area where you will be able to stay productive and efficient. Sometimes a midday activity like a short run or a hike might be useful to refresh the mind.
11. What is more important to grow as an expert?
Just not pushing it too hard in my opinion is the best approach. Learn new stuff, learn new technologies, stay busy, keep your will power at high levels, commute a lot and do not force yourself too much.
12. What do you value the most about Symphony Solutions?
Culture, flexible working hours, open-mindedness when it comes to implementing changes.
14. What will be your next country after the quarantine is over?
15. If you weren’t in IT, who would you become?
Ski instructor 😊
Want to learn the essence of Symphony Solutions that are the people? Get to know our Symphonian Sanja Jovanovikj here. Stay tuned as more interviews are to come in the near future!