Chloe has joined the Apptaura team on the Kickstart Scheme; this is her Kickstart Diary Month One entry!
Tell us a bit about yourself…
Hi, my name is Chloe and I like baking, mainly cakes and I enjoy going to the gym to keep fit and healthy.
I am especially passionate about Taekwondo, because of the opportunities it has given me, and because it keeps me physically and mentally fit.
Think of 5 words that characterise your experience with Apptaura over the last 4 weeks…
Funny/Crazy – On my first day I accompanied my team to a socially distanced, outdoor event where we ‘met’ a pig sculpture painted in colourful flowers, and ‘answering’ to the name Horace….!
Tell us about your long-term aspirations/career goals?
One of my main long term goals is to complete my degree – I’m currently studying an Open University BA (Hons) in Business Management (Marketing). And someday I want to run my own business. I’m not sure what quite yet, but I like the idea of being in charge of the organisation, and the aspect of control that comes with choosing when and where I work.
What drew you to our company?
I researched Apptaura before I applied – checking out your social media and website, and my Grandad encouraged me to apply because it looked like a fun, energetic place to work where I would fit in well.
What do you hope the Kickstart placement will do for you?
The kickstart placement will support my learning and development on my Open University degree course. I also think that it will increase my confidence and the ability to work effectively.
What are your strengths?
This is always a hard question to answer! I would say that I have two main strengths – team-working and determination.
From my experience in Taekwondo, I have learned how to work with a variety of people from different backgrounds and experience levels. I have seen first-hand how working as a team builds trust and increases productivity.
Taekwondo has also helped me to fine-tune my determination – the nature of the sport is that you take small steps, moving closer to achieving your goal. If an obstacle occurs on my path, then I stay focused to push through and find another way to solve it.
What are you looking forward to, working at Apptaura?
I’m looking forward to developing my critical thinking and problem solving skills. I am also up for the challenges that working in a team brings – I enjoy thinking creatively and I’m looking forward to learning and sharing new ideas with different people.
Also, surprising/impressing my new boss with my awesome taekwondo ability…..
What are your initial reactions to your first few days?
My first few days were a bit of a whirlwind – I was naturally nervous and a bit overwhelmed, but also hugely excited to get stuck in!
What have you been working on this month?
This month I have been composing testimonial shout-outs to celebrate our favourite suppliers, creating and scheduling tweets, and collecting app data for client analytical reports.
Tell us something new you have learned this month:
As this is my first ever paid job, I feel like I am developing my skillset and learning something new everyday… And this month I have been learning how to be adaptable in a working environment and to accept that things don’t always go to plan!
(And that there’s always a biscuit or snack to be had if you know where to look!)
Share something that you have found difficult or tricky over the last month:
Settling into a new job and environment can be tricky for anyone, but especially in my case when it is in fact my first ever job! The main challenge, so far, has been that I have no experience of what is expected in this sort of environment, and learning how certain tasks need to be completed, in quite a specific way, has been a steep but fulfilling learning curve so far.
How long until you got your first spam email?
Unbelievably just one day… and they are super annoying!
What did you buy with your first paycheck?
Nothing yet – I am saving at the moment, and plan to spend my first paycheck on driving lessons – I can’t wait!
Finally, if you were an app, what app would you be, and why?
If I were an app, I would be an organisational or to-do list app because I like to have structure both at work and at home. This allows me to be more productive, reduce clutter and enjoy the benefits of good time management…. That way I can always find time for Netflix and Taekwondo – I didn’t get to be a 3 degree black belt without a huge amount of practice, commitment, and kick-ass ability!
Chloe will be back next month with the next instalment of her Kickstart Scheme Diary. Stay tuned for our other Kickstart guru Niall who’ll be posting up his Kickstart Diary Month One entry in a couple of weeks.