Stream "Second shift" with the support of Volkswagen is dedicated to one day in the life of people living in a modern metropolis and simultaneously combining two dissimilar professions. All heroes have a different temperament, but the same rhythm. To withstand it, they all move around the city in a Volkswagen Tiguan car, which is ready to share the most daring aspirations and inspire new discoveries.
Investment Project Manager and co-owner of Second Friend Store
Originally from Severodvinsk, she moved to Moscow in high school. She graduated from the Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation. Working in her specialty, she achieved success in the largest investment corporation Renaissance Capital. Combines a career with a happy marriage and the development of the Internet project Second Friend Store. Tough professionalism and a constant desire for excellence in work do not prevent Anna from having many hobbies and having fun with her friends. He can spend hours listening to records in the company of his dad, who for good reason considers himself his musical guru.
In my life it always turns out that if I want something, then in the end it happens. Back in school, I imagined how I would wear business suits, work in a business center and participate in important negotiations. For this, of course, I had to go a long way - from moving to Moscow and studying at the Finance Academy to the painful search for myself and a suitable job. Five years ago, I was invited to an interview at Renaissance Capital. Having passed the first interview (there were only six of them, with leaders at different levels), I immediately realized that here she is - the company where I am ready to stay for a long time and where there is something to learn.
Renaissance Capital is a global investment bank. The company trades in stocks and bonds, market research, is the largest organizer of options, swaps and derivatives, works with spot currency contracts and currency derivatives. I think it makes no sense to list the names of client companies, as they are the largest corporations, government bodies, banks and investors in more than 60 countries. In companies of this level, it is sometimes difficult to realize your role, as you are often responsible for a rather narrow area of work. But this, of course, is a matter of time and desire to achieve something. Arriving at Renaissance Capital, I occupied the lowest position of an operator, and then I was appointed head of the client foreign exchange operations department. Having worked in this position for a couple of years, I wanted to expand my circle of knowledge, and I transferred to the position of project manager. Now I am working on a wide variety of projects - from optimizing existing processes to introducing new financial products and systems.
About a year and a half ago, my best friend Nastya and I sat in my kitchen, drinking wine, and discussed a topic that is probably close to many: "Let's do something together, open, create." Since we both love to dress beautifully, we are interested in relevant clothing designers and our tastes are similar, the idea of Second Friend Store did not have to wait long. The costs are minimal, there are friends who can help. We immediately started to realize the dream of a joint project.
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The concept of the Second Friend Store is expressed in our slogan: "The place where things gain new owners." On the one hand, we give people the opportunity to free their cabinets for new purchases, on the other hand, to buy interesting things at more affordable prices than in stores. We want to dispel the myth that second-hand stores are for those who don’t have enough money for new things. Second-hand in our case is a platform for the “exchange” of really interesting wardrobe items, which for one reason or another are no longer interesting to the owners. Second Friend Store was created for those who are interested in fashion, want to dress beautifully and are ready to share their findings with others. For a year of work, we opened a show room, sold 975 things, made a huge number of customers and new friends.
Just a couple of months ago, each of the participants in the project did everything he could, and could replace anyone. Now the structure is looming more clearly: someone is engaged in orders and customers, someone is PR. I really like to manage and encourage everyone to move on. I am responsible for the development of the project, the concept and brand of the store. Also on me is the work of the site, documentation and financial issues. In the near future, we plan to launch a new project based on the Second Friend Store, introduce card payments to make it easier to work with regions, update the site, and make it more fun. Many plans, and a lot of work. I do not want to spread about other plans solely for superstitious reasons. But there are plans, and they are grandiose.
I am a very responsible person and I like to devote myself entirely. With such an approach, combining two radically different lines of activity is not easy, but it works out for me. Today, when time is running so fast and countless events occurring around, a free work schedule is a reward. I was not very lucky in this regard: I have to come to work at ten in the morning. Sometimes before this I drop by the showroom to pick up the orders for which the courier arrives during the day. Most of the time I spend in the office, but I always find a window in busy schedules to pay attention to Second Friend Store - call back customers, colleagues, answer letters. Often at lunch I get in the car and rush to someone to pick up things.
I like the contrasts. Renaissance Capital is the 47th floor of the glass City, people in the office dress code, traditions of the financial and corporate sectors. And Second Friend Store is a lot of beautiful clothes, new acquaintances and interesting pastime.
Photos: Egor Vasiliev