Finnish Fyggex Oy Ab, a born global startup was my training place from July 2020 until the 31st August 2020 and this blog post presents my experience, which can guide you as well, if you wish to join Fyggex.com
How many people are working there? How was your boss?
During my time at Fyggex, there were 2-4 trainees, temporary freelancers and part-time working investors. I had two managers, one was steering the trainees and was present every morning with a stand-up meeting. To me, he was solution focused, cheerful, encouraging, empathetic and helpful. My other manager met with me 2 times a week, where we focused on building the Fyggex community. This was a more precise and time-focused meeting than the first one and also encouraged me to learn several new attributes which I can take on to the future.
What time did you start your day? How long was your workday?
My work day was usually 9:30-12:00 then 13:00-18:00. I defined myself these times as previous to this I was less efficient, spending more time on finding and learning the context of articles. I was tasked with along with the fundamentals of digital marketing, UX, blockchain and cryptocurrency. Despite this, I often chose to go to bed very late each Friday, where I wrote informative articles for the website.
What kind of work tasks did you have?
At the beginning I had a plethora of tasks
- Community creation and solutions search (a big project)
- Content creation: writing one article by week for the website
- Increase Fyggex visibility every Wednesday by writing Q&A for a Q&A website and on
- Networking on LinkedIn
- Content marketing coordination
How did you manage to do your work?
I noticed very quickly that all these tasks were too much for me, so we refocused on the community creation and solutions search and article writing. Not to be mentioned, I got the impostor’s syndrome right during the on-boarding. After a lot of research on UX, we finally broke down my tasks into smaller tasks, with defined task outputs and deadlines, it helped me to get to the speed. Pro-activity and willingness to explore these issues was key. When I got to the speed, I participated in social media marketing projects on Wednesday, where I improved upon my social reach and engagements each week.
How did the communication work?
Technically as a trainee I had every morning a meeting with the Team Leader along with another trainee via Google Meeting. Following discussions and sharing content were done via community software such as LinkedIn and Slack. I scheduled video meetings with other team members, made with Google Meeting, Zoom, WhatsApp. Finding the right slot to have a call was sometimes challenging, but my manager encouraged sharing and learning from each-other with a growth-mindset attitude.
What did you learn / What was beneficial? Challenging?
I learned fundamentals about the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry, SEO and content digital and social marketing, User Experience (UX) all together was extremely interesting and makes me want to know further. As I aspire to be a web developer I think it was a super bonus.
Every Friday I had the writing challenge of matching the reader’s interest, making it insightful, fun, writing fast, and finding relevant information of time. But I managed to deliver successfully upon the tasks each week after practice. Posting on LinkedIn and Twitter and looking ways to get more visibility I noticed that being a good social media marketer is much most challenging than I thought. It was an intense learning experience.
In addition, I learned practically how distant work within a ‘network’ company is beneficial and challenging for the business and the members. I could decide how long breaks, what kind of break and where I would have them. I could reschedule my workday. Sometimes I had no choice, often working home around the children sometimes you cannot pretend to not be there. Therefore, I enjoyed the morning call with my manager as well as the Team calls. These were open discussion moments and I was happy when others attended these fortnightly meetings. Remote work is quite new for me, and I faced new challenges each day.
How did you solve problems?
Using Google whilst asking for tips and feedback from colleagues and utilizing professional social networks. Applying a continuous improvement pattern. We broke-down my tasks into smaller tasks, with defined task outputs and deadlines. At some point it clicked, I reconnected to technical skills I had learned in previous experiences.
Being part of a professional group contributed to raising my awareness. For the lack of technical knowledge I had to dig into SEO and content marketing, UX, community software solutions, and blockchain and cryptocurrencies.
I noticed that my boss had quite a lot of empathy, patience, and was encouraging. And celebrating small achievements had a positive effect on me. I’m very grateful for that.
How much did you improve your skills?
Prior to the internship, I had close to zero knowledge in everything related to : SEO, content and social media marketing, UX. I’m now more than aware. I learned that UX and design thinking and Systems Engineering have a lot in common like: Problem Statement, Requirement Analysis, User centered design, Design or Engineering Process, Test Verification of hypothesis, Iterative and feedback loops. Being connected to UX professionals and within my personal struggles improved my vision and helped to review my empathy skills at work and at home.
Would you recommend Fyggex?
Has the internship changed your future plans?
The internship has broadened my awareness and my views on what I’d like to learn in the
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