Leaders of Makosi
LEADERS OF MAKOSI
Makosi’s monthly blog is highlighting Luda Pimentel who has been at Makosi for 3 years. She is currently working with Credit Suisse as a VP – Project Manager. While drinking her Cappuccino this morning, Luda took the time to tell us what it means to work at Makosi in Project Management consulting and what her day resembles at work and at home. Check out Luda’s story in our Leaders of Makosi monthly series.
Why did you decide to join Makosi?
I wanted to work for a dynamic, “cool” company that has an entrepreneurial spirit. I wanted to have direct access to management and be part of decisions that impact my career: choice of client and engagement type, compensation discussions, company culture, direction, growth.
What is the best part of your job?
Consulting is about continuous learning and development. To be successful in this industry, it requires focus and ability ‘get things done’.
We are required to maintain above average skill-set and expertise to be “placeble”. We need to understand the industry landscape, be able to follow its’ trends and react timely on ever-changing demands. This translates into continuous improvement of new and existing skills and competencies. This may sound cliché, but this is our reality. We are in a very competitive space (both industry and location). To succeed means to be exceptional at all times.
What does your typical day at work look like?
My typical day is mostly meetings with stakeholders, program managers and my team. Although at times it feels like never-ending to-do list, it does require a level of creativity, especially when dealing with stakeholders. And of course there are elements of team collaboration, brainstorming, problem solving; you know – the fun stuff. Late afternoons are usually left for responding to emails, preparing for the next day, and catching up on things.
What is your ‘life motto’ – something that motivates you to get up and go every morning?
My inspirations change, but right now it’s “your life is what you make it to be”. It gives me the power to dream and do anything and it also places responsibility on myself to take action. Great things don’t happen by themselves, you have to make them happen.
What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Oatmeal with walnuts and a large cappuccino
What is your favorite thing to do in NYC?
Live. My favorite thing to do in NYC is to live here.
Where was you last vacation spot?
What advice do you have for others looking for career options in Project Management?
Find the right fit. Lately, I started seeing articles that talk about next generation of career placement. Something in lines of Match.com +LinkedIn. I guess what I’m trying to say is that the FIT (culture, people and work-style) are equally, if not more, important than skills and expertise. If you find the right fit, you chances for success will be exponentially higher. For me, Makosi fits.