Like any other prospective computer science graduate, I kick-started my career working as a full-stack web developer for a digital marketing agency where I spent most of my creative days building user-journey-focused websites for industry giants like Nestle and Amarex. Being super passionate about frontend development, I continued to specialize in this field, and until joining byrd in 2020, I was working as a software engineer in Egypt. However, from around 2019 onwards I had a goal to relocate to Germany in 2020 and hone my skills in a creative melting pot for startups, also known as Berlin.
Most people might know what I’m talking about when I say that it’s not easy to find a job as a young professional. I faced exactly the same problem earlier last year, shortly after I successfully completed my studies. I sent out countless applications to corporate companies and startups, but more often than not there was only a friendly rejection coming back my way.
Well, that is what I would say if I were a professional football player who just started playing for a new team. The truth, however, is that I do not really remember when I first learned about a small company called byrd, that I would identify with 100% after only “playing” there for a little more than a year.
While sitting at my desk at home during another lockdown, I took some time to reflect on these last weeks, months, and years. I joined byrd nearly 2 years ago as Head of HR. The company was still quite small then, we had round about 20 employees spread over two locations, everyone knew everyone and we had our German office in a warehouse in Berlin Marzahn (imagine Dorothy saying “We’re not in Kansas anymore” to her dog Toto in the Wizard of Oz – when we talk about how far out Marzahn is from the center of Berlin).
My journey at byrd began in 2016 before the company was founded and I actually never planned to join the startup. Let me explain – while I was doing my Bachelor at the University of Economics and Business in Vienna, byrd had given a project to a high-tech marketing class, a project course, which was part of the marketing specialization I pursued.
Allow me to take you on a mental exercise – as human beings living in a contemporary world, we are bound to spend roughly 90 000 hours at work over a lifetime, which amounts to about one-third of our total time of being alive. If we add burnout, stress, and other pitfalls caused by work imbalance to the mix, it’s safe to assume our job can make a huge impact on our quality of life.
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