Hello there!Today we would like to introduce you to Sabrina, the newest addition to our Business Development team @edyoucated! 😍 You are interested in an internship yourself and would love to get to know a bit more about her life in our team? Or you are interested in some traveling trips throughout Europe and additionally just cannot wait to meet yet another amazing member of our team? We've got you covered! Happy reading. 🙂
Hey Sabrina! 👋
So excited you are joining us today for a couple of questions! Let's dive right in. 🚀 Could you briefly introduce yourself?
Thank's for having me today. I am Sabrina and I joined edyoucated in the Business Development team a few weeks ago. Originally, I come from Bad Orb, a beautiful 10,000-inhabitant-town in Hessen. During my internship I wanted to experience the complete opposite of the idyllic, small city live and thus decided to expand edyoucated's Berlin office. 😉
Contrary to the majority of the team, I have a business administration and finance background. So, I'm glad that I can differentiate between a web developer and a backend programmer. Thanks again for that @Marcus and Tim. 😀
What else is interesting to know about me? I love sports. 😍 It sounds strange but it really helps me to relax, clear my mind and organize my thoughts. Before Covid, I've been dancing Garde and Schautanz. When group sports became difficult, I discovered my passion for mountain biking and running, preferably while listening to a new OMR Podcast episode or (don't laugh) a "Drei ???" audiobook. Unfortunately, Berlin doesn't have much to offer in terms of mountains, so I'm more into the running-game at the moment.
Somehow mountains seem to fascinate me in general 🌄. Maybe that's why I'm such a big fan of South Tyrol...which brings me to my second passion: traveling. I think there is hardly anything more beautiful than getting to know other countries and cultures. One of my favorite trips so far was an Interrail trip through Scandinavia after high school. And what can I say? It was incredible. To all traveling-loving people out there: Definitely do an Interrail trip! It is a great opportunity to meet new people and explore Europe.
Cool, so glad that your journey took you to edyoucated! As you already mentioned, you will mainly support Marius in our Business Development team... Business Development is such a broad term. Could you dive a bit deeper and share a couple of things that you did in your first few weeks here? What does Business Development Intern @ edyoucated actually mean?
You're absolutely right about that. Business Development is very hard to specify and the areas of responsibility often depend on the company. Here at edyoucated it's primarily associated with sales and marketing. However, that doesn't limit what I do at all.
Marius told me on my first day: "You're a bit of a jack-of-all-trades". But don't get it wrong: it's not about making coffee and standing at the copier. My responsibilities are adapted to what I previously experienced and what I am interested in.
For example, at the moment, I'm doing a project in which I analyze various companies that are very good in a certain field, from whom we might be able to learn something. This doesn't only help to develop our platform but also gives me a great overview of the EdTech market, other key players and how different business models can be structured. In addition, I took over some marketing activities such as managing our social media accounts and creating content for the newsletter. However, these recurring tasks are an exception. Many projects arise spontaneously: a quick research about the attendees of an ongoing pitch, preparation of a customer requested presentation or looking for new potential employees at a fair. As you can see, it is never boring, and varied working days are guaranteed 😃.
Marius told me on my first day: "You're a bit of a jack-of-all-trades". But don't get it wrong: it's not about making coffee and standing at the copier.
Cool, I think edyoucated is the first startup that you worked for. Anything that is exactly as expected or completely different than anticipated?
Haha yes, that's right. Previously, I've been working for a large corporate with several thousand employees. Of course, that's something completely different than being engaged in a startup.
Like probably many people out there who never worked for a startup before, I initially expected the cliché working environment which is conveyed by movies and television: There's a cool team of young, motivated people, wearing hoodies, sitting together in a backyard garage and programming "something innovative"... ah, and don't forget the football table. No, all joking aside, this is not how I quite imagined it to be even though the part of the young, motivated people is 100% true 🚀.
I hoped to get to know a dynamic environment with flat hierarchy, fast-decision making and an opportunity to make a positive impact. All of that has been confirmed so far. I'm especially excited about how quickly I've been integrated into the team. My projects and ideas are taken just as seriously as those of the other team members.
What else was surprising? I didn't expect such a constant interaction with the team although it's a remote-first company. Via slack, we can always share thoughts, ask for feedback or demand support. No matter which topic, there is for sure someone who takes time to help. This also makes me feel working closely with the others even though we are scattered all over the world. Greetings to Alan in the US. 👋 I know, this has less to do with the fact that edyoucated is a startup than with the remote setting, but I want to mention it anyway because this was one of my concerns before starting the internship.
Since we focus on the topic of learning in our everyday work: what is something that you would absolutely love to learn someday?
Oha, where do I start? Well, what I always wanted to be able to do is snowboarding. Unfortunately, I seem to lack a little talent. It's a bit embarrassing but I already took two beginner courses and dropped out of both after a few days because I fell so often that my tailbone complained. But this doesn't mean I won't try it again. However, next time, I am definitely going to wear protector pants 😉.
If we stay in sports, kite surfing is another point on my learning-list. Maybe I should tackle this before trying to snowboard once more. Water is at least softer than snow 😂.
Other than this, I'm very passioned about medicine and human biology. I mean, is there anything more exciting than understanding how the human body works, what can break and especially how to fix it again (apart from venture capital and startups, of course 😉)? Fortunately, it's a huge, very complex field of study with a lot to learn. So, that's something I can spend on a lot of time in the upcoming years. At this point maybe a little shoutout to the readers: I'm a very auditory learner and I love listening to podcasts. If anyone has a good podcast recommendation for non-professionals in this area, contact me!
Awesome! Lastly, if I remember correctly, you mentioned that you've read a couple of "Meet The Team" posts before applying/joining yourself. Anything else that you would have liked to know beforehand that you want to share with the people out there?
That's a tricky question. I have to confess that I don't remember everything I read. So, maybe I'm repeating something which has already been mentioned.
In my view, it definitely helps to think about what you want to learn during your internship so that you can get the best out of it. You will be confronted with so many chances to develop and you can only use these opportunities effectively if you know what you are actually up to. You will learn a lot about the functioning of a startup, SaaS products and the L&D industry but most of all you will learn to challenge yourself every day. edyoucated is not only a company which sells learning opportunities to other firms, but also offers them to its own employees. (Some people claim that a genetic engineer was the first employee at edyoucated. He accidentally injected L&D into the company's DNA 😉.) So, in case you're up for this challenge, you should definitely apply, no matter whether you have previous startup experience or if you worked for a corporate like me - end of commercial break 😜.
And that's a wrap! Thank you, Sabrina!
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