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Author: Alina Andriatyte

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Adventure of a lifetime: exchanged Minsk for Vilnius

The first thing that wowed Karyna about Vilnius  when she first arrived from Minsk was its narrow streets, which looked like they were the guardians of hundred-year-old secrets, and the general atmosphere shrouding the entire city. She liked the university where she had decided to study law from the very first day too. Naturally, the fact that her native city of Minsk was just a few hours away by train also helped her to make this decision. Today, Karyna is happy that she decided to settle in a foreign country and tells us how she went about starting her life here, what is surprising about Lithuanians and what Belarus could learn from its neighbour.

Photo from Karyna's personal archive

Photo from Karyna’s personal archive

A piece of her homeland in Lithuania

Karyna’s decision to study in Lithuania was determined by the fact that the European Humanities University of Belarus was in Vilnius – the same university that was previously located in Minsk. However, due to restrictions of its academic freedom, the university decided to relocate to Lithuania.

“I left Minsk when I was only seventeen. Although I wanted to study abroad, I did not want to go very far away, so, Vilnius was the perfect choice. I liked the idea that I would be able to live in one of the oldest European cities and would have the opportunity to familiarise myself with the common history of Lithuania and Belarus. After all, some time ago we were one country”, says Karyna.

Foreign language – key to finding a job

When she was still in school, Karyna tried several jobs: she sewed toys, worked as a waitress and even worked as a courier. Karyna, who started her Master’s studies this year, was finally able to start looking for a job in Lithuania, seeing that at long last she has some free time. However, the search was not easy.

“I was searching for a job with a lot of conditions of my own. Firstly, I do not speak Lithuanian. Secondly, I am a student and cannot work full-time. Foreigners often get jobs in positions where a foreign language other than English is needed. Those coming from other countries can look for jobs where their native language is required, but this didn’t apply to me. In the Lithuanian labour market, there is no shortage of Belarussian or Russian-speakers. I was saved by my knowledge of German”, she says.

She speaks German and has spent a year in Germany, where she learnt about the culture of the country. According to Karyna, it was the language and experience abroad, which particularly helped her to stand out from other candidates. She is now working for an international company, Transcom Worldwide Vilnius, which provides contact centre services. Karyna says that she has found her favourite job and the staff are like her family.

“I did not want to neglect my studies and I was fortunate to land a job where I could have a flexible schedule. Furthermore, the company’s internal culture and attitude to employees are a great incentive for students. For example, it is always possible to have a day off for examinations or other study-related commitments.

Another fear of mine was that I might feel isolated and different from the rest of the staff: I only speak a few words of Lithuanian, and my work colleagues here do not speak Russian. Although we all speak English, for some reason I thought that it would be difficult to communicate. As it turned out, I could not have been more wrong – today, these people are my friends, they are always there to help and give advice”, says Karyna.

Would miss the never-ending festivals and the Mount of Gediminas

Although Karyna herself does not have much experience of this kind of work, she says that she rarely hears her friends and acquaintances talking of such a fun and exciting working culture and atmosphere as the one she is working in. When asked about the main differences between Lithuania and Belarus, she says that she was particularly surprised by the interactions between work colleagues.

“I was very pleasantly surprised: in Lithuania, it is customary to celebrate your birthday, Christmas or Valentine’s Day with colleagues. On International Women’s Day, colleagues spoiled us with coffee and muffins and good wishes. In Belarus, events such as these are not celebrated at work and colleagues rarely congratulate each other on their birthdays”, said Karyna.

Besides her work colleagues, Karyna says she would miss the Mount of Gediminas the most, were she to leave Lithuania. This site, rarely visited by Vilnius locals, holds a particular fascination for her.

“This is a romantic place where I come to admire the whole city and to watch planes landing. This scenery opens up in the evening, when the lights are switched on. Unfortunately, access to the castle was limited in winter, and this was yet another reason to wait for the spring”, Karyna says of her favourite spot in the city.

When asked what advice she would give to any of her countrymen coming to Lithuania, Karyna said she has noticed that Belarusians mostly come to buy things rather than to sightsee and gain new experiences.

“I realise why people do this –most of the goods people buy in Lithuania cost substantially more in Belarus or are not available at all. However, I would strongly advise them to spend more time on leisure and seeing Lithuania, which indeed has many things to show”, concludes Karyna.

This article was originally published at delfi.lt

Author: Stefania Melosi

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Transcom Italy raised money for schools in earthquake-hit areas

The terrible earthquake that devastated huge areas of central Italy last August 24 caused hundreds of victims and flattened houses, churches, schools, hospitals and public buildings. It also made many of our colleagues at Transcom’s L’Aquila site in Italy (60 km from the epicenter) relive the dramatic days of the disastrous 2009 earthquake, giving them a sleepless night, but fortunately without causing any major damage or victims.

As it did seven years ago, Transcom’s aid and solidarity machine sprang into action to offer support to the people affected and promote the fundraising channels activated by the Italian and International Red Cross.

After the earthquake, the schools in Amatrice were transferred to the prefabricated units installed by the Civil Protection service.

After the earthquake, the schools in Amatrice were transferred to the prefabricated units installed by the Civil Protection service.

In addition, shortly before the start of the school year, Transcom Italy promoted a solidarity project to help support the 785 students educated at the schools and institutes located in Amatrice, Arquata, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto that were damaged by the earthquake. A fundraising effort was set in motion to ensure that the start of the academic year was a dignified one in the temporary schools set up in record time by the Civil Protection service. Through the HR offices at all Italian sites, Transcom raised about €2,000 to buy classroom materials (pencil cases, exercise books, text books) for students at all levels, from elementary to secondary school.

This donation is an initiative promoted by Transcom Cares, the solidarity and social responsibility program that supervises our initiatives worldwide.

Transcom Color Run for Fun 2016

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The most colorful event just made it to Transcom Philippines – Transcom Color Run for Fun 2016. A three-part race that happened last May started in Bacolod on May 14, followed by Iloilo the next weekend – May 24; finally getting to Metro Manila last May 29. More than 4,000 employees of Transcom coming from its 5 sites (Bacolod, Iloilo, Mandaluyong (EDSA), Pasig and ROHQ) participated in this grand event.

In initiating this run, Transcom aimed to engage employees and unite them in pursuit of a singular goal– in this case, being healthy. Transcom promotes healthy living and wellness among its employees, and this run was a great start for this campaign. Since Transcom puts much value in family, friends and family members of employees were welcomed to the event

Each participant was given a kit which included a race shirt, a race bib, sunshades, a sweat band, a string bag, a water jug, temporary tattoos, and of course the colored powders!

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Before the gun start, our dear sponsors and partners prepared tons of freebies as giveaways for the participants. Security Bank gave away free ice cream in scoops, an energy drink company gave-away free samples to help the runners stay refreshed. There were lots of biscuits, sweets and even some lozenges. Right before the run, Zumba sessions helped the participants warm up and stretch.

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Splashes of colors were everywhere – on the streets and on the runners. Getting all colored too were the members of the Philippine Volcanoes who joined the Manila Leg. Happy, sweaty and colored runners came back in less than an hour and enjoyed food and refreshments plus music from the invited DJ’s.

The race was categorized into a 3K and a 5K run. Winners of each leg received cash prizes worth:

  • 3K run

    • 1st Finisher – PHP 5,000H

    • 2nd Finisher – PHP 2,500

    • 3rd Finisher – PHP 1,500

  • 5K run

    • 1st Finisher – PHP 10,000

    • 2nd Finisher – PHP 7,000

    • 3rd Finisher – PHP 5,000

The prizes were not limited to the race winners. Transcom also hosted raffle draws wherein all participants had a chance to win gift certificates, hotel accommodations and gadgets!

Employees really enjoyed the run and had so much fun.  Happy smiles filled the venue and posts they uploaded on Social Media showed their unique perspective on the event.

(edited by: Ginnie Faustino-Galgana)

My Career Story – From customer service agent to teamleader in less than 18 months in a new country

My name is Morten Halkjaer and I am 25 years old. In February 2014, I moved from Denmark to Riga to work for Transcom Worldwide Latvia.

Last winter, I saw a job ad about working with customer service for  an international media company in Riga and I was at a point in my life where I had to choose if I wanted to pursue my career or experience the world. I chose the last option, but I didn’t expect that I would find both here in Latvia.

I had the phone interview on a Thursday and four days later, I was on a plane to Riga at 5.40 in the morning.  When I arrived, I was picked up at the airport by my teamleader-to-be, Anna. She was super sweet, and she had a taxi waiting for us outside the airport, which took us to the hotel where I would stay. Transcom had made sure that the hotel was paid for the first month I was in Latvia, which was awesome. Afterwards, Anna took me to see the actual office, where I would be working.

The following week was spent on trainings with our trainer Madlena. She made sure we were ready to take calls when the time came. I remember how eager I was to take my first call. I just couldn’t wait. I had never worked with customer service on the phone before, but I had sales experience, which has proved to help me a lot. The first call I took, was a customer asking which devices that supported our clients services. It was super fun to talk to him! I could have a conversation with him, just as I would with a friend. Our client wants to have the best customer service in the world, therefore they don’t have scripts. You can talk to customers in a casual and natural way, which I still find really amazing. After my first call everyone at the office started clapping. It was a very inspiring experience. It really showed how great the connection between the employees is, and it has only become even stronger with time.

In April, my teamleader was leaving the company. I was still feeling green, but she encouraged me to apply for her position. I applied, mostly to see how the process worked, since I thought that agents that had more experience would get the position. That was not the case. Transcom saw potential in me and I became a teamleader.

Transcom is an outstanding company, who really cares about its employees’ personal development. During my time here, I have acquired many new skills such as; positive positioning and presentation skills while I was an agent. As a teamleader I have learned coaching, time management and Latvian labor law.

I have a lot of free space to do things my way, which allows me to grow and unfold. Transcom also challenges you to become better, and to develop your skills by assigning additional tasks to you.

Currently I am working on a new project for new employees from Scandinavia, like myself. It will help them with the transition when our new hires arrive here in Latvia. It is really interesting to have a project like this, where I have to keep in touch with many different people and follow up on the tasks I have assigned them. I love being able to contribute to Transcom’s way of working, and I see it as a large responsibility, where I learn how a business manager works, which hopefully would be the next step for me.

I came to Riga, fell in love with Riga and Transcom, and now I have been here for 1.5 years without any plans about leaving!

Author: Joseph Roc

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A summer of service for Transcom Cares volunteers in the Philippines

Summer in the Philippines usually covers the months of April to June. It is during this time that Filipinos go back to their provinces for vacation or children go into summer sports programs. It was during this time that Transcom Cares decided to spend time with the neglected in society – the less fortunate children, and the neglected elderly.

A summer of service for Transcom Cares volunteers

In April, we went to Tuloy Foundation, a non-profit organization that “provides residential care services for children and youth”. The foundation offers an alternative to life in the streets.  At the foundation, the children chose to give up the life in the streets to have a home, a second family, and an education. They also learn to play football and rugby. At the Tuloy village the children get the opportunity to embrace a life of discipline, and to work on their potential to one day become a productive member of the society.

This was a momentous experience as it was Transcom Cares’ first in playing football. All the 26 volunteers were in for a fun day, they even had a chance to be a part of a team and compete with each other. All in all, the scorching heat of the sun could not take away the enjoyment that everyone had that day.

In May, we visited Anawim, a small facility for poor and abandoned elderly people who had been left to roam the streets. The foundation served as a home and a sanctuary for the neglected elderly.

Our day started out with the “getting-to-know phase”. One volunteer or two were assigned to an elder to listen to life stories. This was followed by a simple but delicious meal shared by everyone. To cap it off, our volunteers serenaded the residents with classical Filipino songs and offered roses for them. This gesture from our 45 volunteers was a timely gift as it was also Mother’s Day.

The last stop for summer was in June at Concordia Children’s Services. This place take care of neglected and abandoned children, and the urban poor children deficient of opportunities to safer homes and decent life. The organization provide educational assistance, character-building activities, and skills training. Our 14 volunteers, some of whom were fresh from their shift, fed the children and played with them.

While many other people vacationed and engaged in athletic activities, Transcom Cares reached out to those who needed some love and warmth. It was touching to see the kids and the elderly beam with joy at welcoming us and our gifts for them. Our summer of service left us not only with precious memories, but also taught us extraordinary lessons as well.

Author: Marie Fjällrot

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Transcom Sweden participates in Step Count Challenge in association with Save the Children

During five weeks in April and May, 273 employees from three sites in Sweden and the Corporate Head Office in Stockholm participated in a Step Count Challenge in association with the organization Save the Children.

For every participant, 50 SEK was donated to Save the Children’s global project EveryOne, which has as a goal to reduce child mortality with two thirds by the end of 2015.

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The number of children dying in the world has gone down dramatically since 1990. But still every year 6.9 million children – nearly half of them newborn babies – die from illnesses that can easily be prevented or treated.

Save the Children’s vision is that no child under the age of 5 should die from preventable causes, and that public attitude will not tolerate a return to high levels of child deaths.

Besides daily exercise and a good conversation topic in the office the participants from Transcom AB and Transcom Worldwide AB contributed with 13 650 SEK in total to this project.

Together we walked 76 555 194 steps, equivalent to 1.4 laps around the globe.

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Five happy participants from the site in Umeå.

If you would like to read more about Save the Children and their campaign Every One please click here.