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PETOŠEVIĆ People: Q&A with Jovana Matić

The first non-legal professional from the PETOŠEVIĆ team that we are speaking to is our Chief HR Officer Jovana Matić, who joined the firm in 2015. Besides being in charge of HR matters at PETOŠEVIĆ, Jovana is also a yoga and meditation teacher! We asked Jovana about her work, what it is like working in HR for an IP firm, her pastimes, and much more.

1. How come you started a career in HR?

There was a posting on my university’s website about a job at a recruitment agency, and I was looking for a job, so I just applied. The rest is history! It may seem that a career in HR happened to be my choice by accident, but I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, so basically everything is as it was supposed to be.

2. What is it like working in HR at an IP firm? Are there any particular challenges?

There are challenges every day. My previous job was at a factory and now this is a highly intellectual, multicultural environment. With each new position, you have to learn new things and adopt a different approach to people. You communicate differently to different audiences.

3. What do you most enjoy doing at work?

I enjoy every aspect of my job, especially the recruitment process, because I get to talk to or meet new people from various countries almost every day.

4. What would you be working in, if you weren’t working in HR?

I am also a yoga and meditation teacher, so I would probably develop an interesting yoga-meditation-HR hybrid, where I would combine a few of my interests. Something good could come out of that!

5. What was the strangest job you’ve ever had?

I never had a strange job. For a couple of days I worked as a hostess at a construction trade fair promoting various products and firms. I did not like it, not my cup of tea.

6. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not working?

Oh, so many things. I relish watching my son grow. I practice yoga, I go swimming, I take long walks… I love reading, meditating, brainstorming with my friends, exploring life, its depth and width. I am always learning and seeking wisdom.

7. What book did you read last?

“Conversations with God” by Neale Donald Walsch.

8. What is your favorite song at the moment?

I have so many favorite songs… I love Mylène Farmer, so basically to hear any song from her would be perfect.

9. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Italian food definitely! But I cannot choose one meal, any Italian dish would be great.

10. If you could meet anyone in the world, from the past or present, who would it be and why?

Leonardo da Vinci, Tesla, Osho, and Oprah Winfrey.

11. What was your favorite subject in school and why?

Physics, psychology and history. I had several favorites!

12. Tell us three things most people don’t know about you.

I have claustrophobia, I enjoy being alone, and I don’t like sweets.

13. Tell us three moments or events that have been turning points in your life.

Becoming a mother definitely. Living abroad for so many years was an unforgettable and life-changing experience. And finally, going to yoga school — after three weeks I was a completely different person. I could not believe how much it changed me and my entire life perspective.

14. What would you do if you won the lottery?

That would be so awesome! I would give one third to various charity organizations. With the other third, I would build my own charity organization where I would collect money to meet the needs of abandoned children and children in need of surgery or treatment. And the last third I would spend on travelling the world.

15. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Traffic in Belgrade. And when I am dipping a cookie in milk or tea and half of it falls into the cup!

16. What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?

To be patient, to think before I speak, to pay attention to the words I use and how I use them, but most of all to trust the Universe and life itself!

17. What do you wish you could have told yourself at age 13?

Everything will be ok.

18. What cities/countries have you lived in?

Because of my father’s work we used to move a lot, so I have lived in Kuwait; Winterthur, a city in northern Switzerland; Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic; Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria; and Siena and Florence in Italy.

19. If you could live in another country of the 30+ countries where PETOŠEVIĆ operates, which would you pick and why?

Maybe Uzbekistan. It’s the most exotic one.

20. If someone came to your city for 24 hours, where would you take them?

First I would take them on a boat tour on the Sava and Danube rivers. At night we would go to a couple of clubs, from a typical western club to a Balkan-style kafana. The next day we would go for a walk down the Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra (King Alexander Boulevard) and stop by the Kalenić green market, one of the most popular open-air markets in Belgrade.

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