Maria Prcik, Presales Support Internat.
Tell us about your career path, and what led you to your current role?
My career started many years ago in the hotel industry. The diversity of the profession and the great desire to travel led me to emigrate first to Switzerland and then to Peru. After about 20 years, it was time for me to leave the hotel business and change course, and I found this in the Austrian Foreign Trade Office in Lima. It was there that I came into contact with Hawle for the first time. I was able to help set up the branch in Peru, and I subsequently also managed the office. When Hawle's phase in South America came to an end, the opportunity arose to return home after almost 27 years, and so I ended up at Hawle in Vöcklabruck, where I currently assist the Pre-Sales Support International Team.
What do you see as the most challenging aspect of working in the water industry?
For me it is natural to be able to enjoy fresh water every day, but this is not the case everywhere. My first contact with the water industry was in Peru, a very large and complex country faced with quite different problems to those that we know in Europe. A large part of the population have no direct access to water. People have to stand in line for hours to be able to take a bucket of water home with them. Above all, this is a great challenge for the government and the individual waterworks because each region of the country has different problems and thus different approaches are needed to solve them.Through the trade fairs and on-site visits, we were able to present our products and offer new solutions.
What keeps you motivated in your career?
That's a very good question. It's hard to know with certainty what makes us get up every Monday and start the week with a smile.
I think I'm lucky to have been able to share my work with extraordinary people. Being able to count on people who help you, and at the same time are happy to be there for you, is added motivation for me.
What was the best experience you had at Hawle?
Working at Hawle has given me many enriching experiences, including my return to Austria to embark on another adventure with Hawle.
Who is your biggest role model and why?
I think I have met many people in my life who have inspired me at some point. I have then tried to incorporate these inspirations into my life.
If you had advice for your 18-year-old self, what would it be?
I would just tell my 18-year-old self: “Be curious, don't hold back, and don't be afraid of making mistakes”. Mistakes are part and parcel of life, and give you the opportunity to see things from a different perspective and to do things differently or even better next time.
How do you personally define success?
For me, success means experiencing and enjoying life to the full. Love everything you have, trust completely in what you have done so far and what is yet to come.