IWD2021 – Emilia Apostu: Her Challenge Is to Keep Adapting and Doing her Best in a Fast-Paced Industry

Intelex is celebrating women in honor of International Women’s Day 2021 (IWD2021) by profiling customers, employees, and partners who are “choosing to challenge” and make a difference for women in tech and EHSQ.

Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist, once explained, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist, nor to any one organization, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”  

So, make International Women’s Day your day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women, and please join us for our blog series highlighting the achievements of some of our favorite women, including Emilia, who started working at Virgin Atlantic in 2019 as a safety analyst.

What is your name, title, and company?

Emilia Apostu, Specialist in Safety Data & Management System Development, Virgin Atlantic Ltd.

How did you become in involved with EHSQ and/or technology?

I started using technology [professionally] when I joined the company since our Safety Management System reporting tool is built on an Intelex platform. I’ve always been passionate about technology and using it to your advantage to make things easier while having a greater impact.

In your career, what have you decided to #ChooseToChallenge?

I think I challenge many things all the time, ranging from complicated, old-fashioned processes to mindsets. Most importantly, I challenge myself as well all the time! Every day is a school day for me, and I strongly believe we should all strive to continuously improve not only our work, but also ourselves.

What were your greatest challenges – personally or professionally – in 2020?

I think my greatest challenge in 2020 was dealing with all the insecurities regarding the aviation industry while being on furlough. It was not only a professional challenge, but also a personal one since I was not ready to say goodbye to my career in aviation.

What was the primary learning(s) from 2020 that you brought with you into 2021?

 I believe 2020 was a wake-up call for me, as I am sure it was for many others, to better take care of my health and wellbeing. I learnt an important lesson; that only by helping ourselves first we can help our loved ones.

What are you focusing on in 2021?

 In 2021, I’m focusing on balancing my career with all the personal projects I’ve started during my furlough in 2020. I also can’t wait to get on a plane again and travel the world!

I believe the challenge of this year is to keep adapting and doing my best in a fast-paced industry struggling to survive. My personal career challenge is to adapt our system’s processes and ways of working to this new world while maintaining our high safety standards. I hope this will not only positively impact our safety system and data by reducing complexities, but also enhance our reporting and safety culture. 

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About Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the Global EHSQ Content Lead for Intelex Technologies. Formerly the Content Director for EHS Today, she has been writing about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990. Her work as a journalist and editor has been recognized with national and international awards. She has been interviewed about occupational safety and health for national business publications, documentaries and television programs; has served as a panelist on roundtables; and has provided the keynote address for occupational safety and health conferences.

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