I know! I still can’t believe I won – it was such an amazing surprise. I’d actually forgotten the competition was ending as I made the referral back in December, so when the HR team came to my desk to surprise me and tell me I’d won it took a few moments for me to realise what was happening. I’ve always loved travelling so it really is a dream prize for me, and to make the most of it I’m taking three separate holidays. I’ve actually already taken the first one and I only found out two weeks ago! My partner, Andre, and I went to Qatar for three days last week, and we’re thinking about going to Turkey, and either Kenya or the Philippines later in the year.
Our people know better than anyone what makes a great Aztec fit. Who did you refer, and why did you think they’d fit in well here?
Actually, it was my friend who asked me for the referral! My friend Edgar was working an internship with another company but was really keen to join Aztec, and in particular our Funds business. He asked me about the company, and if I could refer him for a role he’d seen. I knew Edgar would fit in well here as he’s a friendly, super communicative and hard-working guy with a diverse background, and I was sure he would be a great addition to our multi-cultural environment in Luxembourg.
How did you go about making the referral? Was it easy?
It was super easy. I contacted HR and sent in his CV, along with the position he was interested in. HR got in touch with him directly shortly afterwards to go through the recruitment process, and he joined as a Junior Fund Administrator in Private Equity Fund Services and is loving it.
How do you describe what it’s like working here when you talk to your family and friends?
I’m originally from Brazil and have only been in Luxembourg for a year, so my family and friends are always asking me about how I’m feeling and what it’s like working here. I tell them I feel super comfortable and at home. I think working for Aztec was the best thing that could have happened to me as a new arrival in the city, not only because I like what I’m doing in my position, but also for the people. When you are apart from all your family and friends it is important to be in a place that makes you feel at ease. There are so many different nationalities working here with different experiences, cultures and languages, but everybody supports each other, so it makes it very easy to fit in and feel happy and confident. Working at Aztec has helped me grow and develop every day, not only professionally but also personally. There’s a unique environment here that makes employees feel very supported but also encourages us to reach our full potential.
Briefly describe your journey so far with Aztec. How long have you worked here and in what roles?
In Brazil, I studied administration and accounting, and moved to Luxembourg a year ago. I joined Aztec 10 months ago as a Junior Fund Accountant. The role is really interesting and I feel like I’m learning and getting better every day, and I love my team. At Aztec employees are encouraged to study for professional qualifications, and this is something I plan to explore next year.
What makes Aztec stand out from the crowd as a place to work?
The culture and the people here are special. It just feels very supportive and collaborative, which is so important especially when you are in a new country and away from your family and friends. Even though everything was new, the people were very friendly and helpful, and because there are so many nationalities and cultures in the office you feel like you fit in straight away. I love feeling that I am progressing professionally as well as growing as an individual.
You’ve won a dream holiday, but your friend is embarking on an exciting adventure too! How do they feel about starting their dream career with Aztec?
Edgar is in a different team to me but I know he has fitted in very well at Aztec. Like me he has made good work friends, and he is learning and becoming more confident with his job! I feel happy that I have played a part in helping him get his role at Aztec and start his career in Funds.