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.
What's your life motto?
You can make it happen, you can make it real.Who are you and what do you do at Virtual Forge?
I am Hella, I am 19 years old and from Berlin. I have been employed as a trainee at Virtual Forge since the beginning of this year. I assist my colleague Kate with different tasks, but especially with the employer branding. This means that we work on different concepts to be able to present ourselves as an attractive employer.
What is your job about?
My job is mainly about coordinating different tasks with Kate and assisting her with her work. Virtual Forge is doing quite a lot this year 2018, especially regarding the public relations activities of the company and how we can get potential applicants and students interested in us.
Among other things, I take care of our company profiles on employer portals. Recently, I have been put in charge of the blog series "Life @ Virtual Forge". This means that I talk to our colleagues and ask them questions about their work and everyday tasks at Virtual Forge.
Furthermore, I organize our appearances at university information days, university fairs and orientation events together with my colleagues Cecile from Marketing and Kate.What can you tell us about your team and the collaboration within Virtual Forge?
My team consists primarily of Kate and myself. Though, an aspect that I like a lot about my job is that I also work with colleagues from other departments every now and then. The collaboration works really well even though I am not in the office and communicate mostly via Skype, phone and email.What's on your schedule today?
Today is quite diversified. First, I will send emails, amongst others regarding and the organization of upcoming fairs. After that, I will call Kate, who will discuss further tasks with me that I will work through afterwards.What do you like most about your job here?
I learn something new every day which obviously is very valuable and important to me. My job at Virtual Forge is my first real job and I am gaining a lot of experience. I notice that I have picked up a lot in a very short time, which will of course be an advantage for future tasks.What is the biggest challenge of your job?
I'd say that the biggest challenge of my job is the fact that I'm not in the office in Heidelberg, but working from home. This makes it impossible to just go to a colleague to quickly ask something or asking them for help. I sometimes miss that but I think that I have gotten quite used to it by now.
How did you get your job?
I did a three-month internship in the Marketing department of Virtual Forge last year. When my internship was almost over, Kate asked me if I would like to work with her starting in 2018. Since this was a once-off offer for me, I accepted it on the spot.
How did you experience your time at Virtual Forge so far?
The time at Virtual Forge is always very exciting. You can always look forward to new challenges and tasks every day and it certainly never gets boring.
Which qualities should one have for your job?
You should be spontaneous, flexible and motivated and obviously enjoy the work!
Which development perspectives are there in your department?
I think I will be employed as a student trainee as soon as I start studying. Obviously, it is great to have a part-time job and therefore be able to directly apply all the theoretical things I learned at university.
What was your highlight at Virtual Forge until now?
The highlight of my entire time at Virtual Forge was among other things accompanying my colleagues to fairs. But I also like my new tasks, like the social media work or the organization of upcoming events, like the CSCG in Düsseldorf.
What do you associate with Virtual Forge?
For me, Virtual Forge is a young, flexible and cool company with an exciting future.
What has been your worst job so far?
It was rather a punishment than a real job. I had to clean the tray trolleys of our school canteen with friends. It doesn't sound that bad but it was certainly not the greatest thing I have done.
What do you do to keep busy when you're not at Virtual Forge?
Aside from my work at Virtual Forge, I am doing another voluntary internship at an organization in Berlin. When I'm not working, I spend a lot of time with my family, friends and my dog. I also like to travel and am volunteering at a Belgian cancer aid foundation.
Thank you Hella!
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
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
Cecile Elias, Marketing Specialist