Looking back… then ahead


Yesterday was my last working day in 2019. As I’m writing this post I’m already back with my family, enjoying the atmosphere of a place that I consider as my real home. When I’m at my appartment in Poznań it feels quite different there. The weather is very unlike winter and there’s no holiday mood in the air. No snow, no frost, 10°C during the day. I’m not really thinking about Christmas yet. Instead I’ve been caught by my own thoughts today that make me look back at what happened this year. Overall nothing has changed for me but it feels quite the opposite.

I think there is one particular event that contributes to this feeling I have. Something I never told you openly about. I kept it a secret, wanted to tell you if I had good news to share. But those didn’t come. This year I participated in a full Givaudan Perfumery School recruitment process. It started with an email and a phone call at the end of 2018. Then in January 2019 I flew to Paris to take an olfactive test which consisted of a number of excercises. Next was a long wait as these tests were conducted until the end of March. Finally April came and one day I was informed that I passed the test stage and I was invited to come to Paris again. I went there again in May to join a Recruitment Day.

At the very beginning we were informed that they received 2700 candidate CVs to review and that the very fine recruitment sieve allowed only us to go further. We were “the chosen ones.” Together with 16 other candidates we were challenged with a number of tasks – some were individual while other required working as a team. Within 2 weeks the results were announced. I made it to top 6! In June I travelled to Givaudan for another interview. I thought it went well. Shortly I received a call. I was informed that I was 3rd in their “ranking” but only first two candidates were going to make it to a last interview. My adventure of Perfumery School recruitment ended there – so close, yet so far.

Initially I was sad and angry. Angry at myself and at the whole world. I kept asking myself – could I have done something better? Could I have answered the questions better? But nobody knows the answer to questions like these. All I know is that those 3 trips to Paris were the most exciting thing that happened to me in 2019. I didn’t succeed but I was extremely close. Maybe for someone this will be a proof of what I’m worth? Right now I continue to search for new job opportunities to work on my skills even more. And of course I’m looking forward to the next time I can try joining Perfumery School at Givaudan. Maybe my next attempt will be a lucky one? It’s one of those things that I feel inside my heart that I want to follow. It’s a dream… and I cannot doubt it.

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14 thoughts on “Looking back… then ahead

  1. Mi Amigo – I think it’s truly amazing that you are reaching for the stars in your career. Your first attempt at getting into the school went incredibly well. I know it’s disappointing getting to that level only to be turned away…but out of 2700 and you were third. That is superb and it just means that you will make it in the industry, but maybe a bit slower than what you had expected, but there is no doubt that great things are in store for you. So keep up the hard work, and keep your chin up….good things will come your way. All the best to you and yours this holiday season!

    • lucasai says:

      Thank you so much. The process of reaching the goal can be also rewarding in a way but we don’t realize that until later. I surely need to be patient and hopefully a day will come when the dream will become a reality.

      Happy Christmas to you too!

  2. cookie queen says:

    You are still very young. Reach for the stars and don’t stop until you reach them. Took me 20 years to get where I am now. That is a phenomenal success – to be in the top 3. My gosh. Make it a kick-ass 2020. See you in Milano. ❤️

  3. Perfumelover67 says:

    Never stop dreaming, never stop trying! You have so much talent and passion for your career. You will succeed soon! I wish you and yours Happy Holidays and the best for 2020!

  4. Shelly says:

    Best of luck!

  5. Jillie says:

    I echo all the thoughts and good wishes here. It’s good to have a dream and you must carry on until it becomes a reality. To be so close to getting in ….. just one step away …. so frustrating and sad, but they must have thought you an excellent candidate because you would never have got that far if they hadn’t.

    So, here’s to the new year and new opportunities.

  6. Undina says:


    I think the negative result you’ve got is a LOT better than many others achieve as their positive! I know, it still sucks that you didn’t get in but still, it was quite a result, and we all are proud of you.

    Have a wonderful time off! Get into the holiday spirit, enjoy your family time and prepare for the next year’s push to the stars.

    • lucasai says:

      I don’t know, maybe. I know that it sounds amazing for someone from the outside when they hear that I was 3rd best out of 2700 candidates. But then it was so damn close to making the dream come true.

      I hope to bring a galaxy to my feet in 2020 😉

  7. hajusuuri says:

    Continue chasing the dream, my friend. You got to the top 10% of the top 1%, quite impressive. Don’t change to what someone else wants you to be. You do you and you will succeed.

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