Life at Virtual Forge is multifaceted; our tasks are widely spread between IT, Support and Marketing. We would like to give you a better insight: What does the work day of, e.g. an employee in the Support department look like? Which qualities does one need to become a dual student in our IT department or what do our Sales employees associate with our company?
We have asked our colleagues and will now introduce a new employee to you in our blog series “Life @ Virtual Forge” on a regular basis.
Hi, my name is Cecile Elias.
What's your life motto?
My life motto is the Latin phrase: "Per aspera ad astra". Translated this means “through hardships to the stars".
Who are you and what do you do at Virtual Forge?
I'm 25 years old, from Heidelberg and am working at Virtual Forge’s marketing team as a marketing specialist. I am mainly responsible for the planning and organization of all our events worldwide.
What's your job about?
At Events, the main focus lies in presenting the company externally in the best possible way and thus increasing awareness on the cyber security market. Not only do we try to find suitable events and trade fairs for us, but also to gain the interest of new customers with our own events, to increase our market share, and to inform existing customers about new topics or products.
What can you tell us about your team and the collaboration within Virtual Forge?
The marketing team is a diverse team consisting of five people. Everyone has their own tasks and responsibilities. However, we work closely together on the areas product marketing, events, and graphics.
In addition, I enjoy working with the sales teams a lot. The sales colleagues are on site at the events and need to identify themselves with the appearance and the trade fair concept.
What's on your schedule today?My daily working routine is all about planning, organizing, participating, or following up on various events. At the beginning of the year, we are in the event planning phase. This means that today, besides many small topics, I will mainly take care of the planning of our own event series, the C-FORGE. The C-FORGE Roadshow is the premier event for Business Executives, Security, Audit and IT experts responsible for SAP environments to discuss the latest challenges in SAP security. We invite our customers and prospects to an interactive day and inform them about current topics and trends in the cybersecurity world, present our products and use the opportunity to network.
What do you like most about your job here?
My job is incredibly diverse. Every trade fair, roadshow or event is one of a kind and different. There are very few repetitions and you are always busy with new topics, challenges and wishes - so it never gets boring. 😉
Should there be no upcoming event for once, I keep busy with other marketing tasks, such as giveaways and social media, or I support the employer branding team.
What is the biggest challenge of your job?
We try to make a lot possible, as we want to satisfy everyone involved. This is not always easy. As the marketing team, we provide the basic messaging for events and all other details are coordinated with the responsible persons before each trade fair.
Furthermore, it’s a constant challenge to organize each event due to different target groups, countries, and topics. We try to bring new life into our exhibition appearance with new campaigns, but have to make sure that our recognition value does not get lost along the way.
How did you get your job?.
A colleague at Virtual Forge informed me about a vacancy in the marketing team for which I then applied. We had already known each other from my previous job and always got along very well. I was then invited to a job interview and was persuasive. ;-)
How did you experience your time at Virtual Forge so far?Exciting, varied, sometimes chaotic, charming, funny, spontaneous, challenging, stressful, but nevertheless instructive and successful.
Which qualities should one have for your job?My top priority is to keep cool in stressful situations and to look for solutions. Losing your nerves only prevents you from thinking clearly. As you work constantly in a team and depend on each other - the ability to work in a team is crucial. Above all, you should be open and communicative, as you also work closely with other departments. Flexible and creative minds are essential in marketing. 😊
What development prospects are there in your department?
In marketing, everyone works on their focus topic. However, since we are a small team, you always have the opportunity to take over new topics, develop yourself further, and improve your skills.
What was your highlight at Virtual Forge until now?
Despite the long working hours, the trade fairs are always fun and entertaining. Further, I love the internal company events like our Christmas parties. You can get to know your colleagues in a different atmosphere and can talk to them about private things.
What do you associate with Virtual Forge?
For me, Virtual Forge is THE contact for SAP Security.
What has been your worst job so far?
As I’m still at an early stage of my career, I luckily did not have any bad experiences in any jobs so far.What do you do to keep busy when you're not at Virtual Forge?
After work, I meet up with friends or do sports. Furthermore, I love travelling and I’m interested in getting to know foreign cultures.
In your opinion, what is the best investment that Virtual Forge has made or should make? (e.g. monetary kind, time or energy)
It's great that Virtual Forge offers a gym membership for all the employees. Since the gym is in the same office building, I can do my training during my lunch break or after work. So, I save time and can get my mind off work.
What advice would you give to a student or apprentice in your profession to get ahead? What advice should they ignore?Do not be afraid of the unknown and accept every new challenge! Never approach new tasks with too much prejudice, but always be open-minded towards new topics. If you accept challenges, you are constantly confronted with new things and learn the most. You gain new experience and remain flexible. The one profiting from this is you the most. When you successfully master new situations, you gain morel self-confidence and after a few weeks the "new" becomes routine again.
Thank you, Cecile!
Should you be interested in the other entries of our blog series 'Life @ Virtual Forge', please refer to the links below:
Leonard Ertel, Student
Simon Skalik, Inside Sales
Constantin Hocke, International Sales
Hella Speidel, Assistant
Christian Fein, Security Consultant
Philip Wulsten, Working Student
Fridolin Hanf, Head of Support
Pouwedeou Tcha-tokey, Support Team
Mariana Lasprilla, Quality Assurance
Markus Heid, Senior Developer
Sandra Möckel, Quality Assurance