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Perseverance, dedication and courage

Dajana Siljanoska, student, assistant for project management

  • Where were you living in childhood and where do you live now?

I spent my childhood in Macedonia, but since I was 18, I have lived in Slovenia – Koper.

  • What have you studied and what were the motives for your decision?

I graduated from the University of Primorska, Faculty of Management and continued my Master’s studies at the same faculty, majoring in Digital Business Environment, and at the University of Ljubljana, majoring in Business Informatics. The inspiration for my studies comes from my desire to combine my knowledge and experience in the field of business and digital technology, which allows me to take a holistic approach to building my own business.

  • How would you describe your work to someone outside your field?

As assistant to project manager, my work focuses on administrative and financial support for research projects, including organising documentation, preparing budgets and advising researchers.

  • What does your typical working day look like?

As I have just started working, I am still in the process of creating my typical working day.

  • What makes you excited about your work?

I am most impressed by the dynamism and variety of the challenges. I believe that every project brings new tasks, problems and opportunities, allowing for continuous development and learning. I also work on innovative projects that contribute to sustainable development and environmental improvement. Working in such an environment certainly offers the opportunity for creativity and personal growth.

  • And what is the biggest challenge at your work?

As I’ve only just started working, it’s hard to say. We will see.

  • Which scientist or scientific achievement are you fascinated by and why?

I particularly value Marie Curie for her outstanding contributions to science. Her perseverance, dedication and courage to pursue her dreams as a woman in science, despite the many obstacles she faced, make her one of the most respected scientists of all time.

  • Tell us about the work of art (books, music, movies, theatre, dance, visual arts) that has a special place in your life.

Books have a special place in my life, and music relaxes and inspires me.

  • What have you read, listened to, or watched lately?

Recently I have been reading the book “Na Drini Ćuprija” by Ivo Andrić and watching the series “Bridgerton”.

  • Which place on the Slovene coast do you like the most?

My favourite spots on the Slovenian coast are Čevljarska ulica in Koper and Debeli Rtič in Ankaran.

  • What makes you enthusiastic?

I’m enthusiastic about travelling, exploring new places and experiences, and creating something new and innovative.

  • Characterize your life’s guidance or an important realization (or epiphany) you have experienced.

»Fall 800 times, get up 801.«

  • What does the charm of wood mean to you?

For me, the charm of wood is its natural beauty, its durability and the uniqueness of each piece.