Walking into the office on my first day and I'm immediately greeted by three people I've already met...armed with 'welcome's and baked goods. I met them during an informal video chat that they invited me to, to get to know some of the team.
After being given a croissant, my eyes immediately dart to a large white board decorated with 'Welcome Alicja!' and a cartoon unicorn...okay, I think these are my people.
Soon another video call starts, (I quickly brush the croissant crumbs off my top) the other office in Tournai appears and they introduce themselves to me, explaining my first couple of days will be booked with 'Vis ma vie's where we talk casually about what we do, what we like, and what to expect.
A good first day, right? Well it was about to get a lot better. Incomes everyone's favourite co-worker, Chopin the dog. The CCO (Chief Cuteness Officer), as well as the two founders of myskillcamp (probably should have mentioned them first) welcoming me and ensuring I was settling in well.
Time to get to know the company, software, and the myskillcamp platform. And what better way to do that than by accessing the myskillcamp platform and taking their courses! All the courses I needed for onboarding were set-up for me. I found it a great way to learn as I didn't feel like I was bothering anybody or taking anyone away from their tasks. After a lunchtime of sitting in the shared garden I was asked if I wanted to work on a PR piece. I jumped at the chance because I like to get stuck in quickly. - What I immediately liked about the team is that they would ask for my input, even though I was new. That kind of camaraderie is difficult to find.
Off to Tournai, the other office in Belgium. My tickets were sorted for me and I even had a lift to the office by a colleague. Such great service!
It was a great day of meeting colleagues face-to-face and saying hi to the CCO. Lunch was provided for us and I found out that I have so much in common with my colleagues. I wasn't too surprised as part of the hiring process with myskillcamp is an in-depth personality test to see if you'd click with your other colleagues. I was a little sceptic about personality tests before this, but now I'm converted.
The opportunity we have to work independently and creatively is something I loved immediately about myskillcamp. Previous work environments tend to have barriers up when you want to try something different, but it's immediately clear this isn't one of those work environments. I'm encouraged to write with my personal style, I can shape my day-to-day, and can work from home when I like. The trust given to you here is refreshing, and if you get the chance to work here too you'll feel the same.
I started the second week feeling like I had found my footing a little more. I understand the software, I know people's names and job titles, and I've carved out my day to day. I worked from home for the first couple of days but kept up-to-date via Slack and a couple of video calls - where I also got to meet the various pets my colleagues own.
Overall, I love the environment in both offices and the company as a whole, it's laid back but hardworking, everyone is friendly, and also willing to help you. I also like the fact we get to use the platform that we're offering, it shows that it's a great service and we all have gotten to know it (not to mention take courses whenever we like). Lastly, myskillcamp practices what they preach: giving employees freedom to learn and achieve for themselves, and allowing them the opportunity to communicate and share knowledge with each other.
If I can give you any advice, it's to thoroughly enjoy your time with us, take courses, make friends, have a few drinks with us after work, maybe join the 'music' group on Slack. Oh, and be wary of the CCO at lunchtime, he may steal your food.