Life & work
I didn’t hesitate – Mikel from PepsiCo on his relocation
What made you move to Poland? How long have you been living in Poland?
Once I finished my master's degree, I wanted to live in another country and get some real experience. PepsiCo offered me the opportunity to come to Poland, and even though I didn't know much about the country, I didn't hesitate. I arrived in Poland at the end of January 2022.
What was the biggest surprise for you in Poland?
What surprised me the most about Poland and, more specifically, about Krakow is the cultural difference compared to Spain and the number of job opportunities the city offers.
What helped you most in the process of adjusting to work in Poland?
First of all, since there are so many different nationalities at PepsiCo, everything is much easier for a person coming from abroad. Also, my teammates have always been willing to help.
Which tasks does your current job involve?
In the beginning, I started with an internship in the Talent Acquisition team. This month I have moved into the position of Talent Acquisition Coordinator position and my tasks involve supporting the recruitment process. I am focused on everything related to scheduling candidate interviews and welcoming new employees as part of the onboarding process.
What is most satisfying about your job?
What I like most about my job is working with people and for people, that is, participating in the process of giving the candidates job opportunities, and helping them develop their career at PepsiCo.
What’s great about working at PepsiCo?
Above all, how we care for people, all the facilities and benefits we are given. Besides this, I also like the tools we have to progress in our professional career and on a personal level as well.
What differences can you see between your home country and Poland regarding the work environment?
Here in Poland employees receive more care and have access to more facilities, and they also work in a much more multicultural environment.
Is Krakow – the city you work in, considered a multicultural place?
Absolutely. Here you can meet people from all continents and countries such as Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Azerbaijan, Italy...
Do you have a favourite place in Poland?
Among all the places I've been to in Poland my favourite place is Zakopane, because I made a trip there, which combined the things I like: my friends and nature.
What would you miss if you had to leave Poland now?
Of course the people I’ve met here.
What advice would you give to future expats in Poland?
If you have the chance to come to Poland – do it, you will be positively surprised.