How did you hear about the ModelOff competition? What made you want to get involved?
I first heard about ModelOff on LinkedIn. I used to do quite a lot of financial modelling and I like competing, so I just signed up, without really thinking of getting to the Finals.
Tell us a bit about your experiences in Round 1 and 2. Did you think you would make it to the World Finals?
I really enjoyed the case studies and I found time to be the biggest constraint. I don’t spend that much time in Excel anymore so was really surprised to find out that I placed in the top 10 after Round 1. Only then I thought I could make it to the Finals, which has however made Round 2 much more stressful!
What makes you different from the other competitors? What are your strengths?
What probably makes me different from the other competitors is that financial modelling is not a key part of my job anymore. Over the past two or so years I have been continuously trying to reduce the time spent in Excel. I think my key strength is the ability to come up with simple solutions to complex problems.
Tell us a bit about your life away from work.
My family and I have recently moved from Warsaw to London, which has so far been a great experience both professionally and personally. Apart from work and family, strength training in various forms has been my main passion for many years now.
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What do you hope comes out of being a ModelOff Finalist?
I am happy with where I am professionally and so have been treating this as fun rather than a professional opportunity. I hope that this promotes Bridgepoint as a great place to work.