OUD-LLE (2005) INNA TCHOURAKOVA LEERDE NEDERLANDS IN BLANKENBERGE, WERD HANDELSINGENIEUR (UGENT 2010) EN IS NU PROJECT MANAGER VOOR TEXAS TREASURY (AUSTIN) EN IS HET NEDERLANDS EEN BEETJE VERLEERD.

Inna Tchourakova (Churakova) kwam, begin jaren 2000, uit Kazachstan (?) , leerde heel snel goed Nederlands – haar moedertaal is Russisch –   in het Maerlant-atheneum, maar moest nog een tijd verder zonder sluitende verblijfsvergunning. Op schoolreis naar Berlijn, waar ze met de groep bondskanselier G. Schröder ontmoette,

vreesde ze even of ze bij politiecontrole de reis wel verder mocht zetten. In 2005 voltooide ze haar atheneumopleiding

en ging dan aan de UGent voor handelsingenieur studeren, Ze behaald in 2010 het diploma.

Ik stuurde haar onlangs een mail om te vragen hoe het verder met haar ging.

En dit is haar antwoord

Hello Mijnheer Coudeville,

I owe you many many messages and they are so badly overdue, but I figured I am going to start with one and now. 

Better late then never, right?

Well, where should I start? 

I guess from where we last left off… I graduated from UGent in 2010 as Handels Ingenieur, and got instantly hired by Simcorp, at a low entry business analyst/consultant job.

Simcorp provides a platform to large financial institutions e.g., pension funds and asset managers, to run their business. 

So I am in IT! And oh boy, it’s a sad looking world for women to be in… 

Anyways, after two years at Simcorp Benelux, servicing primarily our northern neighbors, I was offered a job at our US market unit. What they failed to mention is that I was going to be stationed in the God forsaken Salt Lake City, UT. But it was too late, as I have already signed the contract. 

And even though it is really far, like eight time zones away far, it has been a lot of fun! 

I still miss my parents and my brother as they are all back home, but absolutely no regrets in coming over here. 

I live and work right now in Austin, TX for Texas Treasury as a project manager – and I am loving it. 

Austin is the promised land of good weather. I bike to work (this how people know I am from Europe!). And I am happily single (that is another long story for my next email). 

So that’s my life in just a couple of paragraphs. 

And I am sorry I am writing you in English! After having spend so much time here in the US, it just becomes one’s second nature. Even though I still read my daily Belgian news in Dutch! 

Anyways, I am very much looking forward hearing back from you! Have a wonderful day,

Inna