I am David Gomes, 22 years old, born and raised in Lisbon. I joined the Junior Enterprise Network in February 2016, as part of ISCTE Junior Consulting. Actually, I applied to study at ISCTE because I knew of the existence of the Junior Enterprise there, and the concept of bridging the theoretical knowledge from classes with the labour market was fascinating to me.
I became a Management and Strategy consultant and was involved in many different projects. After 1 year and a half, I was invited to be the Management and Strategy Director.
Apart from the Junior Enterprise Network, I love hanging out with friends, listening to music (A LOT) and spending time with my family.
Name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader. Why and how did this person impact your life?
Undoubtedly, Maria Bexiga, the President of my JE when I was part of the Board. We joined ISCTE Junior Consulting at the same time, and since the beginning, I was very amazed by her way of working. When I got the opportunity to work closely with her in the Board, I learned a lot, especially in regards to leadership and team management. She is indeed my inspiration as a leader, not only on a professional level, but also on a personal level, and I am very lucky to call her a friend.
What is one characteristic that you believe every JEur should possess?
In Portuguese, we have a very specific word that does not have a translation: “desenrascanço”, which to me means that you are able to deal with any situation and any problem, no matter what you need to do. When we are in a Junior Enterprise, we might face a lot of problems, and we have a lot of deliverables and we still have our own studies too, so being able to be a true “problem-solver” is crucial in the Junior Enterprise Network.
What makes you excited about Mondays?
Nothing makes me excited about Mondays…
What’s your spirit animal?
I would say a cat – it might be very mainstream, but cats like attention and are very sweet, but they are also very independent and know how to live their lives regardless of others.
If you were a movie character, who would you be and why?
Tris, from Divergent, because I see my personality as a mix of different traits rather than just having 1 or 2 traits that are very embedded in me.
If You Could Time Travel, Where and When Would You Go?
If I could, I would time travel to when I was in high school so I could talk with my old self! I was very confused about what to do in my professional life and, even though I ended up doing something I like very much, it would have saved me a lot of stress and time to already know what to choose! Nevertheless, I think all these experiences shape our personalities and who we are.
If You Had To Pick A New Name For Yourself, What Name Would You Pick?
João Pedro! Because it was the name that my mom wanted for me at first, but then my father wanted me to have Miguel in my full name, so they just put David Miguel instead of João Pedro, even though I really like that name! (Even though a lot of Portuguese people are called João)
Who Would Play You In A Movie Of Your Life?
I do not know why, but I think Jim Parsons, from Big Bang Theory. I think he would play my way of being and my expressions very well in a movie of my life!
What are you known for?
For always smiling, no matter what. I think it is extremely related to the way I face my life – whenever you do not have reasons to be sad or happy, you should just smile and spread positive energy. Shouldn’t we be grateful for the amazing opportunities we are given?
If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would the slogan be?
Tough question! But I would say “Your happiness depends on how you face your daily challenges”
Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?
Over… Is this a question?
If you could have any superpower, which would you choose?
I would say the power to control water! Do not ask me why, but since I was a kid, I always had this fascination about water and being like Avatar.
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