Name: Ana Bártolo
Current job: Fortis Lease Portugal’s risk manager.
Career: Almost all of it has been in the credit analysis function. Previous positions include: Credit analyst at Banco BPI; Risk analyst at Santander; and Credit analyst at Banco Totta
What was your first job?
I was a marketing trainee at Bolsa de Derivados do Porto (Oporto Derivates Stock Exchange).
Where is the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
What time do you usually leave the office?
Around 7pm – this is normal in Portugal, we start at 9am and leave at 6.30pm-7pm. Unfortunately, that means that I only spend a short time with my child as she needs to go to sleep early.
What’s your favourite restaurant?
Oporto in Porto, Portugal.
What do you do at weekends?
I spend time with my child. She is very young and I love spending time with her. In the past, during my free time I enjoyed reading and beach walking, although doing so now is not so easy. I think when she’s grown up we can do that together again.
Who is your mentor or role model?
My father. He was a company manager and ran a family business in the steel industry. I learned a lot from him, he helped me a lot in my work, and also showed how to succeed in an organisation.
What’s one of the best things about your job?
I can learn a lot about all the industries and activities I come across during my credit analysis work.
If you weren’t in your current job, what would you have been?
An architect. When I was young, I liked drawing straight lines a lot. I thought I could one day become an architect, but as every child, I was influenced by my parents. Before my universities studies, I did a test and found that I could either be good in architecture or in finance. Because my dad was in business, I chose finance.
What’s your biggest work/career mistake?
To choose the banking business, because of the hard times we are going through. Banks in Portugal have suffered a lot. In the past, banking was the best and most secure job, today it is just another job.
What car do you drive?
What book are you currently reading?
None, I don’t have enough free time.
What’s on your CD player or MP3 player at the moment?
A mix of music (mostly from the 1990s).