In the tenth episode of Soaring with Sabre, we chat with Witold Delekta. Witold told about his journey in Sabre Polska and shared his advice for team members who want to change their roles internally. 

1. In your journey with Sabre for over 13 years you have changed business units and roles, which is very inspiring. Tell us how was the experience?  


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changed the teams a couple of times in my career in Sabre. In most of the cases it was my decision and was successful. After my first change, I decided to explore and stay in Travel Network and Connectivity areas/teams. Each change gave me new experiences about product delivery details and approaches in development. The possibility of change and available options (job offers) are very important.  

 

2. What motivates you to look at different roles as you progressed in your career?  


My goal was usually to bring stability to a team and extend my current “business” knowledge. When I see that the team is controlling the product I am looking around for new challenges. It is a different job to do, depending on your position and level. Being a young developer, you try to keep the code clean, later you focus on clean design, planning, documentation, good communication, organization of work and so on. All those items are important, but you see them from a different angle from a different position.  

 

3. How would you advice people who want to consider internal moves like you have done?  


Internal move sometimes requires some energy to get into a new area (product, technology, and team). Each one should decide by himself if is ready to look for new challenges and expectations in a new position. At the beginning of a career, everyone should move from one team to another to get experience – at least every 2 years. When the change is successful it gives more power to work and brings more fun.  

 

4. What has been your biggest learning as you worked through different business teams?  


I found that the atmosphere in the team is very important. The atmosphere in a team is usually a combination of the following: attitude of team members, engagement of manager, product stability/complexity. There is one more important factor – “ownership” – members that stayed in a team for a longer time and know how the product works.  

 

5. What’s the best part of Sabre that you like?  


Sabre is still a key player in the Travel industry for sure. I can’t imagine working in other areas.