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September 30, 2021

Meet Vivian

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Justus Hunke

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Vivian - 25 - Digital Learning Working Student - The Enthusiast

Hi there πŸ‘‹ Meet the Team is back! Today, we would like to introduce you to Vivian, the new working student in our content team.

Vivian joined in September this year and we couldn’t be happier to have her on board. Keep on reading in order to learn more about her road to edyoucated. Since she is working remotely from Maastricht, she has some very valuable tips for anyone out there starting as a new member of a remote team! So keep reading to actually meet Vivian and find out how being part of a startup team has been for her πŸ™‚

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Hi Vivian! πŸ˜ƒ It's great to have you here today. We are so glad to have you on board! Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi everyone and thanks for the invitation πŸ‘‹πŸΌ 😊 I am Vivian and I come from the South of Germany. The place I come from is close to Ulm, a small town called β€œGiengen an der Brenz”, which is also known as the origin of the β€œSteiff Teddy bears”, so we could also say I’m from β€œTeddy town”. 🐻 🐻

I did my BA studies πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸŽ“ in Villingen-Schwenningen (Black Forrest) studying International Business. My bachelor studies included a semester and an internship abroad, therefore I spent six months studying in China (Xiamen) πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³ and also six months working in Sweden πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ͺ in the marketing department of a German subsidiary. Afterward, I continued with another internship in Munich, where I worked in the HR department of the ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE for six months. After finishing my BA studies, I worked for almost one year in the Digital Learning Department at the Carl Zeiss group (kinda waiting for Covid to be over πŸ˜…) and now I am continuing my education doing a master’s degree πŸ€“ πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸŽ“ in Maastricht (MSc Human Decision Science).

My hobbies: Sports (especially yoga πŸ§˜πŸ½β™€οΈ), going for nice long walks πŸšΆπŸ½β™€οΈ, travelling, meeting friends, …

My superpower: I would say I’m quite funny πŸ˜„

A cool fact about me: I enjoy filming and editing scenes πŸ“½οΈ. My friends and I replicated the β€œDas perfekte Dinner” show, which is known from the German TV channel β€œVox”, where I was filming everything, and I would say I created a very decent remake of it 🎬

Vivian in the Yellow Mountains in Huang Shan, China

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Thanks for your introduction and, wow, you have gained a lot of experience up to this point! And you are another potential member of our not-yet-existing yoga class at edyoucated. Maybe you can show your movie remake at the next team social? πŸ˜‰ But what's your role here? Why did you decide to join edyoucated?

My role here: I am a digital content working student. πŸ™ƒ My main task is to create new learning paths for our platform. It is also called content curation 🎨Broad overview: Getting to know the topic the learning path will be about, creating a good and thoughtful structure and collecting material for the learner, so it can be learned via different sources.

It was actually a lucky coincidence πŸ€. My mentor from my previous internship told me about edyoucated and that you were searching for a digital content working student, so I decided to apply because I needed to search for a new working student job anyways and I already had experience in creating digital content. I am pretty happy how everything turned out in the end. πŸ’ͺ🏼

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Sounds awesome! One question that particularly interests me at this point: What is it like to work for a young startup like edyoucated?

For me, it is my first time working for a young start-up. Before that, I was working for big corporate companies. I must say I really really like the motivation and energy everyone puts into working here. You can also feel it and it radiates a lot. There is definitely a shared vision everyone is behind. πŸ’― πŸš€This is something that you rarely experience in a big company. The flexibility you have working for a young start-up is also very nice! πŸ‘πŸΌ

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Hell yeah, I can relate! You are currently working remotely from Maastricht πŸ‡³πŸ‡± How would you describe the remote work experience? Do you have any tips for someone starting as a new member of a remote team?

Working besides studying is a bit challenging, so time management is a very crucial part if you want to be successful in both. I work differently every week and I am super happy that this is possible with edyoucated because we can be as flexible as we want.

On some days I work from home, on other days I work from the learning spaces of my university, sometimes in the evening, and on other days just in the morning.

Tips for new members:

  • Make yourself a time-table for every week (β†’Time management) πŸ•°οΈ
  • Work with to-do lists πŸ—’οΈ
  • Try to have some coffee calls with your colleagues 😊 to also develop a social relationship even though working remotely

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Nice! The last tip is probably the most important one, I guess. I still remember our first coffee talk together very well - it helped a lot to get to know each other better. Vivian, you are an interesting person and I think the community should know more about you. So, what are your three biggest passions?

Hard question, I don’t know if I have any real β€œpassions” but I will list what inspires me a lot:

  1. Nice walks in autumn πŸ‚ or spring 🌸
  2. Jazz music 🎼 (or music which is played in elevators haha)
  3. The Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, …) πŸŒ„

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Lovely. Did you know that our other team members Fjedor and Sabrina also love Norway? (And by the way, at the time I am editing this interview, I am listening to jazz music, so we share this "passion"). Since edyoucated is all about gaining knowledge, which skill would you absolutely love to learn someday?

Maybe a bit too unrealistic buuut: Going back in time and see everything from a bird's-eye view. πŸ˜† I mean we always read about what happened in the past or see it in movies. But I would really like to experience it, without being seen. I mean I know this is super science-fiction but I think also very cool. πŸ˜†

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We've almost made it. Our last yet different question: What is the best advice you have ever received?

  • β€œListen to your inner voice, you actually always know what you want, you just have to be brave enough to go for it.”
  • β€œFear is a reaction, courage is a decision.” ❀️

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I love that advice. And that's it. Thank you so much, Vivian, for joining our session today πŸ™‚

Always a pleasure. Glad I could be part of it!

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You would like to become part of our team as well? Check out our open positions! πŸš€

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