Meet Andrijan Cvetanoski, Technical Account Manager based out of our Melbourne office. Andrijan joined the AvePoint team in July 2018 and works in a consultative role providing enterprise customers with systems integration and engineering, account management, support, and technical recommendations. Read on to learn how he landed at AvePoint, career lessons, and some fun non-work-related facts!
How did you first learn about AvePoint and what drew you to your current position?
I first saw the position on LinkedIn. The advert seemed like it was written for me and I got a really good feeling about the role. The balance of skills, the style of work, the flexibility, and the desired experience were all reasonable.
I reached out to the local HR Manager, Jessica Gigi, to grab a coffee and discuss the role.
On my way into the first meeting I saw a Nerf gun on a bench and I was instantly sold—forget all the other positions I was considering! In talking with everyone during the interviews I quickly realized we were all on the same page; the place was filled with my kind of people. This is a work hard, play hard environment. The rest is history.
What advice would you give to future new hires?
- Don’t be afraid to explore areas of personal interest to you if you think it will be valuable to your work, especially down the line.
- One of AvePoint’s values is Agility, and in a tech landscape, that’s basically a requirement. You can either try to pick up a concept later and faster than everyone or get ahead before everyone catches on.
- Lastly, know how to take credit and responsibility for your work.
What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?
- It is okay to not have all the answers (even if you’re supposed to be the expert). It’s much better to tell a customer that you need to look into something than provide incorrect information and have to walk back from the latter.
- Just because someone is an expert in one field doesn’t mean that they’re an expert in another, even if the fields seem to be related. For example, not everyone who knows how to write a SQL statement knows how to install, configure and maintain Microsoft SQL Server.
- Panicking tends to cause more problems than the actual issue you are panicking about.
What do you like most about your job?
- It doesn’t ever get stale.
- Everything is either something new, an opportunity for growth, or a chance to do something again, but better.
- I can sharpen my existing skills and expand upon them.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I really enjoy being physically active. I also enjoy photography (not the selfie kind) and graphic design.
What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?
There is a difference between “When did it stop working?” and “When was it last working?” Understanding which you are facing can and probably will save you a tremendous amount of time.
What is your favorite thing to do in your city?
I enjoy urban exploration, so if I have the time at lunch (and the weather permitting) I will go about seeing the back alleys and maybe will find a nice little hidden café or store while I am at it.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“If you seek the truth you may find comfort. Seek comfort and you will find despair.” – C.S. Lewis
What is your motto or personal mantra?
My personal philosophy is a constantly evolving framework that I am continuously adding to and taking things from. I’m still figuring out what works and what doesn’t; what is right and what is wrong. While not complete, there are two things thus far that I believe are the most important traits to keep in mind when moving about in the world: Truth and Courage.