Diana’s insight: The Network Effect

By Diana Trisca-Rusu

The Network Effect

Women supporting Women

Whenever I'm asked the question, "What piece of advice would you give to your younger self?" there's one answer that always comes to mind without a shadow of a doubt: "Find a good mentor to guide you in your advancement endeavors." Over the years, as I've accumulated knowledge and experience, I've come to realize that one of the most valuable gifts I've received is the support of other women who have empowered me, boosted my confidence, and shown me that I can achieve my goals. They've not only helped me recognize my skills but also guided me on how to leverage them effectively.

As an expat partner, I've had to grapple with self-doubt, continuous efforts to prove myself, ongoing professional development, and the challenges of adapting to a new job market. Building my own support system and adjusting to a new environment took a toll on my self-confidence. However, I've learned to trust in my abilities and my potential for both personal and professional growth.

I owe much of this transformation to the support I received from my newly formed community here in Luxembourg. I consider myself fortunate to have been mentored by accomplished female professionals in this vibrant city. Their guidance helped me chart a path towards my future career and accelerate my personal development. Through constant learning, assistance, and authenticity, I expanded my network and gained valuable insights.

One of my core beliefs is that personal growth is intertwined with helping others. This conviction inspired me to join The Network, an organization dedicated to supporting women in their professional journeys. By understanding the needs of my fellow female colleagues and offering my assistance, I aim to repay the kindness and support I've received in the past. I believe that this will be rewarding not only on an emotional level but also professionally.

In a country like Luxembourg, where nearly half of the population consists of foreigners like myself, the importance of connecting, networking, self-discovery, and understanding the local job market just to name a few cannot be overstated. It's vital for all of us, regardless of our backgrounds, to recognize the significance of a supportive female community in our professional advancement.

The journey of personal and professional growth is enriched when we find mentors, connect with supportive communities, and pay forward the assistance we've received. In a diverse country like Luxembourg, these connections are especially crucial, helping us navigate the unique challenges and opportunities that come our way. Embrace the power of female camaraderie, and together, we can achieve greater success and fulfillment in our careers and lives