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?
If it's stupid but it works, it ain't stupid!Who are you and what do you do at Virtual Forge?
I am Philip, 23 years old and have been ‘promoted' from intern to working student not too long ago.
What's the best aspect of your job?
The insights into the IT world and getting to know what really happens behind the curtains. Plus, the atmosphere is one of the most pleasant ones I have been allowed to experience so far. Last but not least, the culinary variety of food in close proximity to the office!
What is the biggest challenge of your job?
For me it is a challenge to get used to flexitime and home office because I got to know this from my earlier working experience in a completely different way. I worked for nine years in catering where it was not only essential to be present but also to be on time. Here at Virtual Forge I have the possibility to organize myself in a flexible manner.
I would say math and everything that comes along with it is the biggest challenge regarding my studies.
What is your job about?
I'm studying Computer Science at Mannheim University for Applied Sciences, where I am taught in programming, the technical aspects of it all and a little bit of economy. At Virtual Forge, I act as 'First Level Support' for smaller technical questions, tasks and onboarding of new Co-Workers.
How did you get your job?
Funnily enough, I met my cousin for the first time in years while shopping and she told me that she is working for Virtual Forge. Since I was looking to head into the direction of IT, it was obvious that Virtual Forge was the first address to apply to. After completing a three month internship, I gained my current position.
Which qualities should one have for your job?
Logical and technical comprehension, pleasure in finding solutions, a good portion of humor and a lot of patience.
What was your highlight at Virtual Forge until now?
Aside from the implementation of diverse software on our servers, I would say that each Friday afternoon has developed to be an individual highlight. Our summer party was very nice even though I barely knew anyone there, which is why I was a bit reserved at first. But three months later when our grill party came around, it had changed completely.
What do you associate with Virtual Forge?
IT security and compliance – who could have guessed?
What has been your worst job so far?
I won't even start to answer that question. Otherwise this will develop into a 20-page essay that no one would want to read. However, those were not experiences at Virtual Forge.
If you could give three advices to your fourteen year-old you, what would it be?
Don't go crazy because of your future; nobody knows at that age where they're heading. And as stupid as it might sound: your parents are right when they tell you that you should study for school and enjoy that time. And last but not least, do not let yourself be manipulated by others and do what you really want to do. There are enough stipulations in life as it is.
Thank you, Philip!
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
Fridolin Hanf, Head of Support
Pouwedeou Tcha-tokey, Support Team
Mariana Lasprilla, Quality Assurance