Please, meet young and gorgeous Ella Korotkin, Law Clerk at Andrew Unger Professional Corporation, caring wife and loving mother. She knows the law, she sets the rules, she also…. hush-hush, don't tell anyone, makes beautiful jewelry when she has a spare minute. Honored to present – Ella!
Ella, where are you originally from?
I was born in Riga, Latvia and moved to Israel at a young age where we called the City of Haifa our home for three wonderful years. However our journey didn't end there and we moved to Montreal, Quebec where I have spent my teenage years. After my college graduation in 2004 my husband and I decided to move to Toronto in order to pursue our careers and start a family.
What was your first job and what was your worst job?
My first job was at my mother’s fashion boutique in Montreal. It is probably every girl’s dream (at least it was mine) to be surrounded by clothes, accessories and everything it took to update a wardrobe or to find the perfect dress. I would spend my evenings and weekends developing a strong work ethic and learning all about fashion and personalized customer service.
My worst job (or most challenging) was as a barista/ waitress at a local café the summer we moved to Toronto. Minimal pay and an unprofessional employer fit into this equation perfectly. However, this experience was very humbling and I have developed a thick skin and an appreciation for everyone that works in the service industry.
Do you like to travel and where would you like to go?
I love to travel and take time off whenever I can. I mostly enjoy “active” vacations such as European destinations and Road Trips. However I prefer cruises during the cold winter months. My family has discovered cruising fairly recently and we love the fact that it offers a perfect balance of activities, entertainment and relaxation. We love visiting different countries and we try to experience their culture to the fullest.
What do you like to do when you have time, your hobbies?
I grew up watching my mother create unique outfits, bake, crochet and do anything and everything she put her mind to. It was only natural that I would follow in her footsteps and take after as many hobbies as I possibly can. I love making jewelry, baby hair accessories, baking, scrapbooking, and the list goes on and on. For me, there is nothing more relaxing than brewing a cup of tea, turning music on and creating something with my hands.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
You don’t dwell on the challenges when you love what you do. I look at every challenge as a valuable lesson from which experience is derived. My motto is: “If It doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you” and change is an integral part of a successful career.
What is success for you, Ella?
Success for me is having a healthy and supportive family and a job that I love.
What do you still want to achieve?
There are many things that I would love to achieve, however I have to keep reminding myself that Rome wasn’t built in a day and to enjoy every single step along the way.
What does it take to be happy?
Happy is a state of mind. You have to stay optimistic everyday no matter how hard it may seem. My happiness greets me with open arms while yelling “MAMA!” at 5:30 pm every single day.
What is home for you?
Home is where your family is and where you feel loved and relaxed.
What part of your job do you like the most?
I’m a firm believer of “quality versus quantity” and I strive to provide great customer service.
I enjoy meeting with clients, going through their file while answering any questions they may have and making sure that their closing day will be smooth and hassle free. The best compliments our clients give are referrals and repeat business, and this always puts a smile on my face.
Thank you, Ella! All those words of wisdom are definitely worth remembering and repeating over and over again!
Compliments of Marina Gavrylyuk
Real Estate Agent with Sutton Group Summit Realty
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