We Are Randox | Natalia Cutolo: A tale of four countries
Not all interesting stories have to be about somebody’s hidden talents, extra-curricular achievements or claims to fame.
Some of the most inspiring tales can just be about overcoming adversity; about pushing on to find a better life for yourself; about strength of spirit.
It takes a lot of courage and faith to be able to start your life over, but that’s just what our Business Development Executive, Natalia Cútolo did.
And not just once, but three times. From Argentina to Italy, Italy to Scotland, and finally Scotland to Northern Ireland, Natalia has finally found a country to call home.
Here’s her story.
My story isn’t about art. It’s not about music. It’s not about sport or any other interesting hobby.
It’s about life change and determination.
I’m originally from Argentina but I was becoming increasingly unhappy with my life there. I was unhappy with my career, (I have a degree in International Commerce but I had been working as an IT admin for 6 years), and with how the economy was deteriorating in my country. Based on my knowledge of the economy I knew it was only going to get worse.
I no longer felt like Argentina was my home, as my mother had passed away from cancer.
As an only child it was very difficult to cope with, so I decided to take a holiday to Italy, as that’s where my family is originally from. I think I was searching for some sort of connection to my roots – that feeling of belonging. When I went to Italy I felt like I was back home.
Therefore last year I made the huge decision to sell everything and move abroad with my dog and cat (because I think that when you make a commitment, you should fulfil that commitment no matter what your choices are).
Not expecting the crisis to be worse than Argentina, I found myself struggling to get a job in Italy. Even though I loved the country and my experience there was fascinating, I was running out of savings. My life in Italy was not meant to be.
So towards the end of last year I got an au pair opportunity in Scotland where I was able to bring my pets with me, and we moved again. Unfortunately I was unable to afford the flight tickets for my pets, so I decided to drive the 2200km from Italy to Scotland.
I met some incredible people in Scotland and the au pair experience was so unique. I love working with children and I knew I was doing something really worthwhile. I felt productive and useful.
The au pair experience however was only a 2 month contract and so had to come to an end. At that point I thought, why not give Northern Ireland a try? By then I had a boyfriend living in Northern Ireland so I decided I may as well move closer to him.
I moved here in February 2017 but it took me 3 months to get proper job offers in the areas in which I wanted to work. When I first moved over I was just doing some casual work in a bar and one of my colleagues in that bar told me about a job fair in the City Hall. When I found Randox at that job fair I started to research the company. I was fascinated by the statements made by Dr. FitzGerald that I had read in several different interviews and I felt that I 100% identified with his vision for global healthcare. Finding a company that cares about people’s wellbeing is just so unique, and I knew I had to be part of it.
I honestly didn’t think I would be selected. It was too good to be true.
I remember so vividly the day I was contacted to arrange an interview. I almost ended up cancelling because my previous misfortune had meant I had had to sell my car.
But so far I had seized every opportunity I had been given, and that wasn’t going to change. I wasn’t going to give up on this one.
I had my interview, and basically, I was amazed by the fact that I had an opportunity with a company that had such an inspiring aim to change the world.
Better still, this amazing company was interested in ME!
After the interview the Randox Human Resources team called me to say I got the job and I was so shocked. I couldn’t believe that after the year I had I was finally being offered not just a job, but my dream job!
My perseverance and resilience had all been worth it.
I started in May 2017 as a Business Development Executive for Latin America; a role which makes me still feel really close to my culture. It’s the perfect balance because the country of Northern Ireland is just so perfect for me, but I also have the opportunity to bring health back to Argentina.
I’ve been in the country for five months now and I feel happier than ever because not only am I doing what I love but I have finally been able to settle down and make a life for myself in this beautiful country, surrounded by the lovely and welcoming people of Northern Ireland.
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