Being a millennial in Cyprus today, you know that there are certain life and career paths you are expected to follow. These are usually “predetermined” for you in a way, not only by your parents but the island’s society in general.
Usually this path consists of graduating from university or college, and instantly getting a “good job” that ideally you will have for life, and it should also pay well, so you can easily “create a family, buy a car and build a house”. At least that’s our parents’ fantasy, that they try to instill to us from a young age.
In reality, trying your luck at the job market in today’s economy, is basically a major gamble. And most times you end up with a job you don’t particularly like, that doesn’t pay as well as you hoped for and has you working long hours.
At least that was my personal experience getting out there. Ending up with jobs that had me overworked and well, miserable.
March of 2017, I started working at foody.com.cy, after leaving a job like the one described above. Even from the interview I was feeling optimistic and excited, because no matter if I got the job or not, it was a different interview experience than what I was used to, and I had actually learned things.
Starting, I felt the same as the interview, optimistic and excited. And I was not wrong to feel that way because the work environment here is not what I had experienced in other jobs. Here you don’t constantly feel stressed and anxious and you won’t find the typical company structure we’re all used to.
You don’t have to be in constant fear that the world is going to end if you make a simple mistake. Here, you treat each mistake as a learning experience. Of course, mistakes are made, we’re all humans after all, but we learn from them, share our learnings with the rest of the team and move on.
The welcoming and friendly work environment, paired with the flexibility that is offered, makes you actually wanting to be more productive. It’s been a long time since I was last excited to get to work, and it’s great to have that feeling instead of being full of dread every morning at the mere thought of it.
The team consists of energetic, young people, that are here to help each other. You are a part of the team from day one and have a say in the decision making process. Your opinion is valued and heard here.
You have the freedom to try different things and make suggestions. You gain knowledge through everything you do.
There’s certainly been challenges for me, personally, so far for sure. Getting used to a new way of working than the one I was used to, feeling the need to give a full report on things whenever I’m asked something, and often having self-doubt on whether I do things right or not, because that was the way I was used to, are some of them.
I believe that feeling that way it’s natural. Everything new scares us at the beginning. But I’m presently in an environment where people help each other be better and where everyone is helping everyone to reach their full potential and develop new skills and new bodies of knowledge.
Creativity is strongly encouraged in what you do. And me being someone who needs to feel creative, I feel great knowing I can do just that, in more ways than one.
I am aware that I still have a long way to go, and lots of things to improve and I’m honestly looking forward to it. I want to learn and tackle new challenges, and I know that I will have the opportunity to do just that here.