Next in our series, we will introduce Gabriela, new wood production technologist, who joined the Bertrand team about 2 weeks ago. The interview with the new colleague was conducted by Wacław, the marketing manager.


How did you end up at Bertrand?


In a classic way, I was looking for a new job. At the beginning of my career path, right after graduating, I started working at a place where I did my internship, which was a interior design studio. As for my studies, I first finished wood technology, and then I did my master’s in furniture design. However, I always wanted to go into technology. I dreamed of being an engineer in the future, so at some point, I started looking for a job that would allow me to do that. And that’s how I ended up at Bertrand.


I know that you moved from a completely different region of Poland for the job at Bertrand. Where exactly did you move from?


I moved from near Lublin.


That’s a bold decision.


Well, yes. It’s quite far indeed. On the other hand, I studied in Poznań, which is about six hours away from my hometown. You can get used to it.


Where did the idea to become a technologist come from? Is it a family tradition, or was your motivation entirely different?


Honestly, I didn’t fully think about where my motivation came from. I remember that even in high school, like my peers, I was thinking about choosing a direction and what I wanted to do in life. I came to the conclusion that I would be interested in a field of study that included a lot of exact sciences. I also wanted the classes to be practical. That’s why I decided on wood technology. It’s not a popular field, you can only study it in two places in Poland. In high school, I was in the biology-chemistry profile, but I didn’t want to study medicine after high school. So I was looking for a field of study that would include both biology and chemistry. And that’s how I ended up studying wood technology at the University of Life Sciences in Poznań.


What grade did you finish your studies with?


With an A!


Where did your interest in interior design come from?


Partly because I’ve always enjoyed drawing. I liked to express myself artistically. Besides, I still do it, I still draw, I even have an Instagram account with my works. And when it came to work, when there was an opportunity to use my passion, I immediately went for it. Besides, I also like to do similar things at home, to arrange or decorate. I enjoyed it. And how does the work itself look like? You go to individual clients, measure the rooms, then there’s a discussion about expectations, you show 3D models. And then you create a visualization of the room, already including furniture or individual decoration elements. A logical mind certainly helps in this type of work.


Were there many women in the wood technology program?


At the beginning, when I started my studies, there were about 20 percent women in the year. However, much later, towards the end of my studies, these proportions evened out significantly.


And how did your family or friends react when you told them that you intended to be a wood technologist in the future?


First, they had to check what it was, haha. They were pleased that it’s a field rich in many technical things. They were also pleased that the culmination of the studies is the title of engineer, which sounds very prestigious. Engineers are universally respected, after all.


How did you end up at Bertrand?


There was nothing surprising here, I found the job offer and sent my application. Of course, before I did that, I checked what kind of company it was, what it does, what its products are. What I liked was the fact that Bertrand had a lot of products geared towards environmental friendliness. I also liked that the company produces many unique products, made to order, that it’s not just mass production.


Was there any specific product that caught your attention?


Not one specific product, but as I browsed social media, I liked the pictures from specific projects.


What do you expect from working at Bertrand?


I would like to learn in practice what it’s like to be a wood technologist. So far, I haven’t had this opportunity, so I’m glad I got the chance at Bertrand. The knowledge gained from my studies, as well as previous work experience, will certainly be useful in this job. I’m very happy that my little dream is coming true. I expect a lot from this job.