How I’m Breaking the Mold

I’m not a marketer nor a salesperson nor a project manager nor an entrepreneur and at the same time, I’m all of them. Looking backward at my story, I can see myself being naturally drawn to problems wherever I go, but don’t get me wrong. I love them, I just didn’t know at the time.

When I was 12, I started serving tables because my grandfather was needing more waiters in his establishment. Everywhere I looked, there was movement, I was excited. Customers coming and leaving, waiters running from one side to another, the rush in the kitchen, the stress, the lack of ingredients, the logistic. I discovered a hungry for work, for action.

(2013) In the first month in college, I noticed no difference from high school. We’d still be in a classroom, hear what the professor has to say and then study for a test. I couldn’t do just that. I needed to extract more value from it. That’s why I got into Biotec Júnior, a Junior Enterprise.

A Junior Enterprise is a non-profit civil social organization, formed and managed exclusively by undergraduate and postgraduate students of higher education, which provides services for companies, institutions and society, under the guidance of teachers and professionals with the goal to consolidate and enhance the learning of their members.

(2013) I worked as an Events Manager for a year doing the same as others done before us. I realized it wasn’t challenging enough. At that moment, our Junior Enterprise was struggling to make projects. (2014) Then, I shifted to Project Manager and I got the biggest project we’ve ever had before, a consulting with a team of more than 10 members. This project shaped who I am today, thanks to how much I developed by being exposed to so many challenges, I transformed my career in the Junior Enterprise Movement.

(2014) Even though I was in the front office, dealing with customers and getting projects done, I knew that wasn’t the path to an exponential growth in our Junior Enterprise. We couldn’t grow with just one organization getting things done, we needed a synergistic development of all areas. That motivated me to become the Vice President of Biotec Júnior.

(2015) As a VP, we created a culture of results that made us grew 365% in one year. Along this journey, the own culture of the Junior Enterprise got rid of the wrong people and transformed the good into better ones. In that year, we achieved the highest number of projects done and the highest engagement of members in events of the Junior Enterprise Movement. We weren’t just a bunch of students working together, we were also a huge family hungry for results.

(2016) In my last year as a Junior Entrepreneur, it was time for me to step back and let the Junior Enterprise on the hands of the next leaders. I became a Counselor and focused on training and mentoring our members. While I was in this last year, I couldn’t stop thinking what I’d do without Biotec Júnior, how would I get more value from college, what would be my next challenge?

(2016) For not saying that I didn’t try, I did try to get more value from my major, by the way, it’s Biotechnological Engineering. I became a Scientific Researcher for one year and a half. My project was to evaluate the genotoxicity and the physical chemical characteristics of irradiated soybean seeds (cool, right?). I presented the results in three scientific events and I even got the second place in one of them. But it wasn’t for me. I needed movement. I needed to work with people. I needed customers. I needed more action.

(2017) The question persisted in my mind like a tape replaying all the time: ‘What’s my next challenge?’  This questioning took me to Peru, I paused college to teach English for children as a Global Volunteer. While I was there, the AIESEC Local Committee in Ica was in a critical time struggling with their goals.  Obviously I couldn’t hold myself, I ended up staying three months in Ica as a teacher and as a team member.

(2017) To add value for the Local Committee in a short period of time, I had to learn fast how to properly speak Spanish and learn the processes in AIESEC. I focused on building a team that would persist by mentoring the VP of Incoming Global Volunteer (IGV) and we created a team that achieved 80% of our goal in two months. And I even had the chance to become the VP of IGV for one week when the actual one had to travel.

This experience brought me back to life, I was hosted by an extraordinary family who gave me unconditional love, I taught lovable children who had never seen a Japanese and made amazing friends.

(August, 2017) Nowadays, I’m back to Brazil in the middle of my gap year and still hearing in my head ‘What’s my next challenge?’. And this time I already know the answer. This time is for Praxis.

Praxis is a one-year program where you gain mastery of professional skills, apprentice at a high-growth startup, and build the network and experience you need to create a great career.

I’m being constantly challenged by being part of Praxis. I see it as the best way to push myself forward. I already feel impacted by its strong mindset and this desire of making us the best version of ourselves.

Connecting the dots, I noticed that where laid the biggest problems, laid the biggest challenges. That’s why I was naturally attracted to them. I wanted to feel challenged. Praxis attracted me instantly because of its value proposition and by being a huge step out of my comfort zone.

I’m Breaking The Mold by building myself as an entrepreneur. I understood that, in order to build a successful startup or even work for one, I have to build myself first. And Praxis is one of my guides.