I share this interview I had with Muhammet Nazif Emek and I’d like to thank him for his support.
Tell us about yourself.
I was born in 1979 in Erzurum and I graduated from elementary and secondary school in Erzurum. I graduated from the Economics Faculty, Business Department at Istanbul University on June 30, 1999 which was my 20th birthday at the time. I applied for the supervision positions since I wanted to make a career as a Supervisor and I got and started my first job as financial inspector at Turk Foreign Trade Bank.
Between the years 2000-2013, I worked at all the positions from expert to vice general director at supervision and financial fields. I had the chance to work at global, international and local companies and their fields. And lastly, I’ve been working as Chief Executive Officer at Bereket Döner Corporate Group since 2013.
Tell us about your education life. How were you as a student? Did you have a specific career goal through this period of your life? What did you do to reach such goals?
For all my education years, I’ve been an easy going student who followed all the lessons and did all the homework. Even though I didn’t really study much, thanks to the fact that I followed the lessons and did the homework smooth and thorough, I graduated the elementary and secondary school without a problem. Since childhood, I have always been interested in calculation and financial stuff. I decided to be a supervisor in my high school years because of my numerological and calculation skills.
Both business department in university and starting my career as a supervisor were some of the most correct decisions I made. Since I knew I had to study business to be a supervisor, I made preferences only on this field. In my school years, I followed economics and business world. I have created a base about my job by contacting and asking questions to people who were working in this field.
I specified the occupational documents and the tasks I have to take care of. I worked intensely but I succeeded. I have earned all the occupational documents and the position titles as I have planned my career through as a student back then.
What do you do when you are working?How is your work system?
I always had a great motivation since I chose the correct job and field for myself. My job has been like a hobby for me. Lİke my career plan, I plan my days and months in my work life and apply and efficient follow-up system. While doing so, I efficiently use the office programs. I follow my tasks as they are written down and try not to skip anything via remembrances.
Through my work life, there has been a few or no tasks that I have missed or skipped the deadline. I travel quite a lot since I have the responsibility of a lot of other companies, regional work places or projects. I try to follow the e-mails I get and answer them quickly as much as I can so as not to put a single work aside. All the work runs smoothly since I use an effective working methodology.
What do you do in your free time?
I try to be with my family apart from the time I’m working and I keep reading the books in my to-read-list. I try to stay up-to-date by following the latest news and innovations
What’s the story of Bereket Döner? What’s the company up to currently?
Bereket Döner sells the traditional döner kebab and produces it.Our company is one of the three biggest döner producers as it is the first ready made döner producer.
Our company carries on its activities as a voice and a defender of Turkish döner kebab in the world. There are 5 companies incorporating in Bereket Döner Group. These are Bereket Döner, which sells and produces döner kebab, Niksar Süt, that sells and produces milk products, Bereket Döner Stockbreeding, Beser Restaurant Services, which runs our restaurants and Projet Architecture, that gives architecture services to our franchise system.
Currenty, There are 125 döner restaurants in our company group which produces 50 tons of döner and 20 tons of mil products. We also run consultancy activities to all the companies that work to make Turkish döner widespread and empower its image whilst maintaining activities of Niksar Süt and Bereket Döner Stockbreeding which provides raw materials to döner production in a vertical integration way.
Up until this day, we have instruced and sent döner experts to far east countries initially South Korea and Japan, Arabic countries, Europe and North America. Also, the companies we’ve founded by Know How in Romania and Saudi Arabia are currently keep working successfully. Now we have another project in Tunisia. In short, Bereket Döner works efficiently to make traditional Turkish döner kebab widespread in the world.
What are the negative and positive sides of Bereket Döner as it’s the first of its field?
We actually believe that it’s completely and advantage for us as we have almost never once encountered a negative situation with our image in this field we’ve created.Thankfully, Turkish döner kebab sector reached a correct structure and keeps growing up. But to tell you about a negative situation, it’s that the producers and seller can’t come together. As our traditional product, döner kebab, isn’t really well-represented by any company, there is no specific statistical information about how big the sector is.
Should we be ambitious? What’s your perspective on being ambitious?
I always found the word “ambitious” negative. I believe the most beautiful description is will and effort. We should reach the correct database about our career. For this, we should observe and benefit from our elder ones’ experiences. Later, we should move forward with this information on the path we’ll choose. One will work with high motivation and succeed if they choose the correct job for themselves. What I mean is, we should observe and be willing.
Entrepreneurship is the most common job word of the last 10 years. What should a young person do to become an entrepreneur?
Yes, it’s almost like a trend now. I believet that entrepreneurship is not just a path you choose or a job you’ll have just by making a simple decision. Nobody has to be an entrepreneur. Just like you need good entrepreneurs in work life, you need good managers as well. We should basically focus on how to do better what we do.
If a young person wants to be an entrepreneur, he needs to analyze if he really wants to be one or not, what he expects from the future and what to do to reach to the future expectations. If these expectations lead him to them, then it’s safe to say that he’s at the starting point. I believe the closest word to entrepreneurship is courage. You have to make a move after you analyze and evaluate the risks. Courage is what matters at this point. I mean, jumping to stuff blindfolded is not courage at all. You have to take the steps bravely after correct analyzing and planning.
What do you look for in the youth that is about to start working?
The thing I look for most is the will to do big works. And, you can easily understand that at face-to-face job interview. I tell this for particularly newly graduates.
Can you give advices from your life?
The young ones must choose absolutely the right job for them. They must choose a job that they will be happy doing, that is suitable for their skills. If you choose a job for its image and its salary, it will mostly result in poor results. It can go to extent that you might have to quit your job and look for another one only to start from the bottom. Thus, I highly recommend the youngsters to choose the job that is suitable for them. To do so, it will be just fine to benefit from internships, observations and experiences.
Even though nobody chooses the right job at the beginning, it certainly is not so complicated. I suggest they must use every possible option to get the job they want and believe in. An example; me, I took the risk of not taking any jobs for a year; thus, being unemployed. But I reached the right conclusion