Sofia Colina / Resources Coordinator, Venezuela

What's been the most important thing you've learnt as a result of working with the British Council?

I think one of the most important thing I´ve learnt is the importance of every single activity we do, no matter its nature.  I’ve been able to see how small details can have an impact in big projects and events. So it’s doesn’t matter the position we have, we all have big responsibilities that can affect the organization in terms of achieving its goals.

What skill have you developed or learnt working here?

The ability of delivering results even though the local obstacles. I do remember that during a TQS meeting, Julian Neale (quoting Mark Howard) told us that he was very happy to see that despite of local circumstances, we were doing our best to “keep the business as usual as possible”. Many organizations and companies in Venezuela give up their quality standards and goals because local situation makes their journey very difficult to achieve if compared with  a “normal” country. 

But the fact that BC is an international organization push you to go beyond local difficulties and finding solutions to keep delivering results. Keeping the business as usual as possible in Venezuela is not only a challenge, but also a commitment and a motivation to think out of the box.

How would you describe the people you work with?

Definitely, the people I work with is very committed and the best in what they do. It’s very motivational to work in an environment where everyone feels very identified with the organization’s values. You can feel this commitment from the newest member of staff until the most experienced one. We all value the opportunity to be here.

What other area or business unit would you like to explore within the organisation?

I’d say Projects, undoubtedly. Despite of the fact that my current position allowed me to have a deeper approach to our operation from its inside, I’d like to explore a position addressed to show our external stakeholders what is the British Council about.

Nevertheless, if I have the chance to apply for that position, I’ll leave my current position with the feeling that it was great to start my career within the BC supporting the people that works for the organization. 

What do you think the British Council could/should do more of?

The BC has done a great work promoting their values and they are a key part in every activity we do. Nevertheless, considering the impact and the talent we have within the organization, we could do bit more promoting sustainable and ecologic values in our region.

What would you like to say to anyone interested in working with the British Council?

I’d say that if you’re interested in giving a global perspective of your career, your activities and your professional projects, you’ll be in the right place. Also, BC it’s an extraordinary place where you will always feel motivated, challenged, driven by results and wellbeing of its people.