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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With a presence in as many as 145 different countries around the world, a lot of our Randox team work outside the UK. This week we headed in the direction of Asia and met up with Pankaj Chitkara, who is our National Sales Manager for the RX Series in India.
Hi Pankaj, can you tell me about your relocation?
When I first started with Randox I was based in Mumbai and then I relocated to New Delhi. I have been with Randox for nearly ten years now and I am employed as the national sales manager for the RX Series – I love my job.
How did you find the relocation process?
I never really imagined relocating when I first started off in Randox but now I love living in New Delhi. I think because I am doing the exact same role as I did when I was based in Mumbai I am quite lucky because relocating didn’t involve starting off from scratch. I was saved from having to learn a whole new role as well as getting used to a whole new city, which I know can be a bit daunting. Of course, as with any move there are always a few hurdles you have to get passed before you’re fully settled in. House hunting usually takes a bit of time before you find something that’s right and then you have the hassles of packing and unpacking and getting your family all settled into their new home and routine. But overall relocating was never a big issue for me. I think if I was given the opportunity to relocate again I would definitely consider it. As long as there are opportunities to grow, learn and improve it can be a very positive experience.
Do you travel back to Mumbai often?
New Delhi is my home now so I don’t need to travel back to Mumbai. It’s roughly about two hours on the plane so if I needed to go back it wouldn’t be a problem. My parents currently live here so it was good to already have family near. They were able to help me get settled in and find somewhere to live.
How are you finding living in New Delhi?
There is loads to do and see here, and I am really enjoying the lifestyle that it offers. The weather is always on your side and I love the culture of the city. The India Gate which is 42m high is like an archway in the middle of a crossroad. It was built to commemorate 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives during World War 1. At night it is beautifully lit up while the fountains nearby make a lovely display with coloured lights.
What has been the highlight of your relocation so far?
The highlight of my relocation definitely has been managing the business without an office. It’s fantastic!
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Through our We Are Randox stories we aim to showcase all our employees’ skills and talents and with a dedicated workforce of over 1400 people we are always spoilt for choice!
This week we sat down with artist Joe McGuinness, who joined our team only six weeks ago, to hear all about his passion for art, his love of drawing and his plans to release a second novel.
“I was about seven years old when I first realised that I was going to be an artist. I remember my mother was pregnant with my baby brother, she was unwell and I found her curled up on our sofa. So I went and got some paper and a pencil and decided that I was going to draw a portrait of her. To this day I can still remember the expression on her face when I showed her the finished piece. It was her reaction and the look in her eyes that kicked me off and I knew in that exact moment that art was going to be a big part of my life.”
As Joe went on to study Art and Design for three years at the Rupert Stanley College located in Belfast he found himself more interested in learning about the history of artists’ lives and what inspired them to produce art.
“I love the works of Paul Gauguin, Paul Cezanne and Vincent Van Gogh and I am fascinated by his life. There has been many an afternoon where I have just sat down and looked up as many channels as I can to find out more about him and how he lived. Similarly to Van Gough I tell a story or a personal journey that I have been on through my art. I do have an emotional connection to some of my art, they mean a lot to me and I wouldn’t part with them.
“My favourite piece is a piece called “Lock and Key.” There is a lock and a key hidden in the picture and I will only reveal where it is to the person that I pass it on to.”
“It’s great when I get to barter with my art.”
“I was once asked to do a painting of a friend’s house up in Donegal. So I said I would if they gave me the keys of the house so I could go up and stay in it for a week in August with my wife. There was another occasion when I was asked from a friend of a fella originally from County Antrim if I could reconstruct an old dwelling that he grew up in. It turned out he was a multi-millionaire who is now about 90 years of age living out in New Zealand. Sometime after I had sent the painting to New Zealand I received a letter back from his wife. She said when he first saw the picture he cried. It’s now his pride and joy, and has been placed in his study where he sits and looks at it. I find that incredible and that’s what makes me glad that I am an artist.
“I like to draw while I’m away on holidays, I find that I can relax in the good weather and just sit and draw. I remember back when I was in Milan, there was this little fountain spouting water. It wasn’t famous or of much interest to the passers-by but I thought it would make a beautiful picture. So I sat down and started to draw it when a gentleman came and asked could he join me. It turned out that he was a professional photographer from Paris and loved my art work. It’s great when you can make friends out of something that you love. “
“Through my art I have met a range of friends all over the globe, from France, to Rome, Sicily, Milan, Australia, it just goes on.”
“Most Saturdays you can find me downstairs in the Conway Mill. I sit and draw next to where my artwork is displayed and people sometimes like to look on and watch while I’m drawing. My favourite type of medium to paint with is acrylics but I can teach a range of different techniques. Wax etching is a beautiful technique which I learnt whilst I was studying art. Sometimes people stop and ask me questions about my pictures or about certain techniques and I would invite them back the following week to join me.”
“In my first ever exhibition I sold about 90% of my work.”
“It feels incredible to say that my art has been bought by people all over the world from New York, Europe and as far as Australia. The great-great niece of the famous Ned Kelly has some of my work. I have also donated work to Autism New York to help raise money for autism which is a cause I am very passionate about.
“In the future I would like to get more involved in the design aspect of art. I have been asked if my drawings could be used for prints for duvets covers and also for pottery and vases which would be great so I’m going to start looking into that. I’m also currently looking at property in Alvor in Portugal- that’s where I want to be in nine years’ time. My hope is that I can retire there and open up my own art academy. There is nothing greater than a group of artists sitting together and talking art and learning from each other. I’m also working on some illustrations for my second book that is based on events that have happened throughout my life. I think it will be a much deeper Joe than what you got to read about in my first book, ‘Rainbow over the Black Mountain’.
“My wish for the future, when I’m gone is for museums across Ireland – north and south – to have their pick of my art collection. In some of my paintings that I sold I have hidden letters inside the frame explaining the inspiration behind the painting, just to add that little extra personal touch to them. Sure you never know, in a hundred years’ time someone might find some of my letters… now wouldn’t that be a story worth telling!”
**Joe would like to offer a special thanks to Maureen Shields (Supervisor) and Cathy Hurrell (HR) and to the rest of Randox staff and employees. Following Joe’s time with us he added “You’re a great bunch of people.” **
Thank you Joe for spending the time to discuss your art work with us. We can’t wait to read your second novel and see all the wonderful images that will come with it.
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