Dynamics CRM Solution Architect, but also works as Senior CRM Developer on selected projects. Rupali joined AlfaPeople from the offshore team in India in 2015 and moved to Copenhagen from Mumbai in 2017.
I love all the technical of working with computers. I have been doing that since I was a child. In India, all small children would like to be engineers or doctors. I also dreamed of becoming a doctor – until computer science came to the school class in the 5th grade. From there, my interest in computers grew bigger and bigger. I remember that I loved building and playing with the basic programming in Qbasic. Later, I trained myself in IT, and although I have a masters degree in Global Management, the best work is still when the tasks are highly technical.
What fascinates me most about working with computers is that I can be creative. I like the process of translating creativity into a computer system. Perhaps women have a little advantage at that point … It’s at least very natural to me.
My professional focus is that my work must speak for itself. Whatever I deliver, it must be of high quality and the work must be done with great commitment. It’s the combination of these two things I want to be recognized for.
There are many differences in the working environment in India and the working environment in Denmark. In Denmark, you are better at appreciating employee skills. In India, a workplace is more characterized by hierarchies, and there is a lot of politics. Overall, I think that you are being respected much more like a person here in Denmark.
I’m also very pleased with the work-life balance we have in AlfaPeople. In India, I worked many hours in the office and also spent a long time commuting back and forth to work. So there was hardly time to do anything privately. That´s not how it is in Denmark at AlfaPeople. Here it is respected that you also need leisure time to balance your life. Among other things, it was something that made me certain that I wanted to move to Denmark when I was offered the position.
I am trying to learn the Danish language, but it is difficult. Especially the pronunciation. I recognize some Danish words in writing, but it is difficult to catch the contents of a conversation. AlfaPeople has actually begun to keep the Townhall meetings in Danish. Otherwise, foreign workers never learn to speak Danish. The Danes are so good at English that they just switch languages when they talk to one, and then you will not be forced to try. But I would like to learn Danish. My Danish customers should be able to communicate with me in the language they are most comfortable with.
When I relocated to Denmark, AlfaPeople helped me with everything from negotiating terms with my previous workplace to finding a new apartment and getting settled in Denmark. There is also a great focus on the social events, where you can talk cross-section of titles and nationalities. The latest event was a gin tasting and we were also out driving mini-racers recently – I did not win. And otherwise, I’m looking forward to sailing in our boat “Kontoret” with my colleagues. The boat is located on a dock outside our office, so we can enjoy a nice trip around the canals of Copenhagen after a working day when the weather is good. It gives me a greater understanding of the Danish society when I participate in the social events, and my Danish colleagues tell me a little about the local customs. It’s one of the things that helps you settle much faster. All in all, I’m just really happy to work in AlfaPeople and live in Denmark.