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Hey, nice to see you again! We are proud to present you our first Recruiting & People Working Student - Carolin!
Caro recently started her master's degree in Personnel and Organizational Psychology and joined our team in June 2021. She already gained valuable work experience from a previous internship at an HR start-up and now enriches our team immensely. Keep reading if you want to find out more about the huge responsibilities she bears in her position and what interesting podcast recommendation she has for you. 🙂
Hi Carolin! 😃 Thanks for being here. We are so excited to get to know you better and learn more about your work here at edyoucated. First of all, please introduce yourself to our community!
Thanks for letting me introduce myself to our community!
I am Caro and I joined our edyoucated crew this June as the first Recruiting & People Working Student. I'm 22 years old and just recently finished my Bachelors in Psychology in Münster and then started my Masters in Personnel and Organizational Psychology at the beginning of October. Originally, I'm from Vechta (between Osnabrück and Bremen in Lower Saxony).
In my free time, I've been playing handball for more than 10 years now. I, unfortunately, had to go through some knee injuries, so I'm not as ambitious anymore as I was when I was younger. But it's still just a ton of fun!
Apart from that, I really started to be creative again during the Covid Lockdowns and couldn't let that go afterward. (Fun fact: I was pretty famous in my friends' group for getting creative with just paper boxes and similar things when I was younger, so that passion started kind of early and just got lost for some time I guess?) I started sewing, knitting, crocheting, painting glasses, soldering wood, etc. Yes, that's a lot, but if I'm being honest, I'm not really good at any of these. I usually just go through the basic skills and am pretty happy about what you can already do with that. We'll see if I'll be able to master one of those things fully at some point. We might have to start an edyoucated learning path for that first! 😉
Also, as you can see in the picture, I started to really enjoy nice walks with friends - as probably everybody else! 😉
Thanks for your introduction, Caro! Haha, nice idea - that path would probably become one of the most popular ones on our platform 😄 But now I just have to ask: How does a psychology student get into the "start-up world"? And how did you find your way to edyoucated?
I already got in touch with the "start-up world" in a previous internship at an HR start-up in Münster and really enjoyed the inspiring and rapidly changing atmosphere. I was looking for a working student position in HR a short time later and also started missing the start-up world just a little. Therefore, I was more than excited when I saw the job ad for a Working Student Position in HR at edyoucated on LinkedIn through Klara, who I already knew before edyoucated (Thanks a lot for sharing that posting on LinkedIn, Klara!).
The rest is just standard procedures. I applied and a few calls and emails later I was lucky enough to be able to join the edyoucated team! 😇 Funny Sidenote about my first interview with David: We noticed that we actually have a lot of stuff in common - an internship in the same company, engagement in the same student initiative, and (although not at the same time) even living in the same flats here in Münster! So here I am working at his company as well! 😃
How funny! What a coincidence! Or is it destiny? I let you decide. 😉 What are your responsibilities as a Recruiting & People Working Student?
As you can possibly already tell from the wording, I'm heavily involved in our Hiring and Recruiting Processes and support all the people-related stuff.
In regard to Hiring & Recruiting, I'm mainly responsible for our postings in different job portals and support in our cold outreach. Lately, I have also spent a lot of my time with all the people-related stuff. We've been working hard on creating an inspiring and motivating onboarding experience for our new joiners and really get all the new edyoucators from around Germany (and partly even Europe!) well integrated into our team.
Also, I'm responsible for coordinating and organizing our Team Socials and I'll be confident enough to say that they're usually a ton of fun. So if you're curious, you might have to consider applying for one of our open positions and become part of our team! 😉
That is amazing! Sounds like you're making a huge impact here. 😊 You said you loved the inspiring and rapidly changing atmosphere during your previous internship. But why do you love working here? What is so 'special' at edyoucated?
Everyone is incredibly open to feedback and new suggestions! I remember telling Marius that I personally disagreed with a decision he made after less than a month of working here. And while I was told that everyone is open for feedback right at the beginning, I was still pretty unsure whether my message to him was the best idea right after sending it (doesn't every company somehow say they're always open for feedback and in the end, definitely not all of them are?). 😅
However, my doubts were absolutely proofed wrong. All the feedback I gave anyone in the past months has been strongly encouraged and supported and everyone was always open to changing things! 🤗
And don't get me wrong, these are not any major issues, working at edyoucated is just great. But nobody's perfect and there's always some room for improvement. And I feel like encouraging everyone in the team to give feedback to everything they notice enables improvement of the company and every single employee on a whole new basis. I for sure already received some very valuable feedback myself as well. It's just amazing to be a part of that culture! 😮
I can only agree with that! You can learn a lot through valuable feedback and that is exactly what defines one of our core values: Be an edyoucator. Looking back, what would you say did you learn from working at edyoucated over the last couple of months?
Edyoucated definitely enabled quite a lot of new insights into HR and Recruiting that I mainly only knew about on a theoretical basis from my studies before.
Apart from that, I would say that I learned quite a lot about self-development and improvement. 😊I would describe myself as a pretty ambitious person, but edyoucated being a collection of just a ton of ambitious people striving for improvement, has given me a lot of further insights into giving and taking feedback and similar things to continuously improve both, yourself and the people you're working with. 😃
Finally, I would like to ask you a few personal questions. 🙂 Let's start with this, I think this is a good one: What skill do you possess that no one knows about?
Uff, that's a hard question! Especially because I'm a pretty talkative person and usually tell other people if something as exciting as a new skill happens.
I don't know if you could call that a skill, but I could probably give you a short summary of almost every Bibi Blocksberg episode there is. Spend wayyy too much time listening to the audiobooks when falling asleep in the evening! 😉 And in case anyone out there shares this passion with me: There's even a podcast out there analyzing all the episodes! 10/10 - can recommend it! 😄
Apart from that, give me some time to work on a secret skill. Maybe I have something more exciting to tell you if you ask me again in a few months! 😉
Maybe we should include the podcast as the next recommendation in our newsletter?! 😁 Okay, all joking aside. I have another one: What has been the most impactful experience for you so far? And how has this experience left its mark on you?
Ouhh that's a deep one! I don't exactly know why, but what really shaped my personality was my voluntarily social year in a school for kids and teens with disabilities after school. People who know me today, are always a little skeptical about that, but I was actually rather shy before that year and really started being more extraverted during that time. 😊
Maybe, it was just reeeally loving your work for the first time, taking responsibility for other people, and working in a great team, but I noticed that I became way more resilient regarding stressful situations and started to be more open and confident regarding new experiences & challenges. And I feel like that really was important for all the decisions I made afterward. Although no one can probably stand hearing this phrase anymore: I think, I wouldn't be where I am right now, if I hadn't gained all the experiences during my voluntary social year. And I'm actually pretty happy with where I am right now 🙂
Wow. 😮 Thanks for sharing this with us! And I think that's it. Our time is up, Caro. Anything else you want to tell our community? 😃
Well, my name "The Paradoxon" might need some further explanation: My friends always say that there are pretty contrary parts of my personality: On the one hand, I listen to Bibi Blocksberg and there might also be some kids' TV shows that I still love to watch, but on the other hand I'm a pretty ambitious person working in Student Consulting, etc. which portrays a kind of different picture of me 😄 Also, on the one hand, I would describe myself as a very conscientious person, but on the other hand, I have to admit that I'm a little chaotic in regard to my room... And there are a few more examples of those contrasts... I guess you could say, I'm always open to a surprise!
Thank you, Carolin, for taking the time and providing us with very impressive insights into your extremely fascinating personality 😊
Thank you, I was happy to do so! 🙂
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