After an enlightening summer of travelling throughout Europe, I returned home and was determined to find a role which was not only enjoyable but also rewarding. And as luck would have it, along came Swipii. I had come from the corporate world and was now entering the startup scene, something which I had never done before. And starting a new role is nerve-racking as it is, never mind entering a completely different sector. When starting a new post, you have so many aspirations which you hope come into fruition; especially when your job title is client success executive. It’s hard not to imagine the possibilities!
I must say from day 1 Swipii did not disappoint. My first day at Swipii I was introduced to the full office and this in itself was a great experience as I was made to feel very welcome and that I could speak to anyone to ask for advice or support no matter what their role in the company was. In addition to this before I had even begun my official training, to ensure that I fully understood the role and the culture of the company I was eased into my new working environment, through buddying sessions with my peers for the first couple of days. This began with the onboarding process, which was a great initial step as it gave me an insight into the goals of the business and how all the different departments would feed into this, including myself. I was also given the opportunity to observe my fellow team members so that I could grasp what the day to day role would look like for myself and to get to know my team a better. Lastly came the ‘intense’ official training, which I felt as though I picked up quickly and was able to put into practice as soon as it had completed. I actually enjoyed the learning aspect of my induction and I was now ready to start my role in an official capacity.
Despite all the training and support I received during my initial weeks at Swipii, I still felt as though I was asking so many questions when it came to processes and my daily tasks. However, the culture within Swipii is such a nurturing one that I was never hesitant to do so and was always encouraged that the right thing to do was ask. The learning process was such a positive experience for me that I felt that my confidence within the role grew significantly in such a short period of time. Furthermore, I felt as though my opinion was valued from the offset- I was being asked my position on certain tasks- something which I had not really had the chance to do in previous working environments. I felt respected. Consequently, when I felt as though I could assist with a task out with my role I was trusted without hesitation. One noteworthy responsibility I took on was managing the Swipii social channels – please feel free to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Linked-in & Twitter. As a result of all of this, I really feel like I have contributed to the company and I have only been here for 7 weeks!
The move from a massive corporation to a startup company has truly been a breath of fresh air for me. I felt as though Swipii would be a good fit in relation to my career development but you never know until you start a new position whether this will be the case. But Swipii has exceeded my expectations. I feel respected and valued and I have been here for less than 2 months. I am so glad I have made the move and can’t wait to see what the future holds not only for myself but also for the company.