Career start at ESYON: Interview with Carla Bokel
We are always looking for energetic support for our team. We are all the more pleased that we have recently welcomed several new employees who will strengthen ESYON in the future. But how do they find their way to us in the first place? What makes ESYON stand out as an employer and how exactly does our onboarding process work? In this interview, Carla Bokel, Project Manager and Consultant, tells us about her first weeks at the company and answers these and other questions.
Hello Carla, nice of you to take the time! How about you start by introducing yourself and telling us a bit about yourself?
Sure, maybe I’ll start with some information about myself. I’m Carla Bokel, 29 years old or young, depending on how you look at it, and I’m a very open-minded and versatile person. Most of all I like to be on the road and meet friends.
Originally I come from Bochum, a city that I personally like very much because it is very multi-layered like me. Then in 2017, relatively spontaneously, I moved to Leipzig. I like it even better here! In Leipzig, I then also took my first job in a medium-sized company. Somehow, however, I then suffered from the typical Corona blues with the pandemic – I really wanted to further my education in the field of IT again. That’s why I started studying for a Master’s degree in Business Information Systems at Merseburg University. My original background is in product design and project management. Product design is somewhat comparable to product management.
Okay, so your profile fits ESYON very well, but how did you find out about the company?
I found my studies and their content incredibly exciting from the start, but I quickly realized that I couldn’t really bring these topics to bear at my old employer. Then one of my lecturers drew my attention to ESYON. He said he knew a company in Leipzig that was still looking for people and could be a good fit for me. That sounded interesting and I submitted my application without further ado.
And that was your only application? What spoke in favor of ESYON?
Of course I also applied to other companies, but ESYON was the best fit. By that, I mean the contract conditions, of course, but above all the human aspect. I had my first meeting with Oliver Pankrath, then another with Ronny Büchner. We liked each other right away. Later, there was a day to get to know each other, where I noticed that the entire team made a pleasant impression and was very open towards me. I’ve never had that with any other employer. The bottom line is that ESYON was simply a good match, but there are two other points that are very important to me.
I like the freedom to organize my work. I have a lot of freedom in how I organize my day, and I don’t have to switch from one meeting to the next. There are days when I don’t have any appointments at all and can just work through issues.
In addition, it is often said that the job of a consultant involves a lot of travel stress. At ESYON it’s different and I find that very pleasant. The out-of-town appointments are kept to a minimum, and most things can be handled via online meetings, which saves an enormous amount of time and is much less complicated.
“Of course, I also applied to other companies, but ESYON was simply the best fit. By that, I mean the contract conditions on the one hand, of course, but above all the human touch.”
Carla Bokel works at ESYON in the areas of consulting and project management, and is currently writing her master’s thesis.
Now you’ve already mentioned the getting-to-know-you day, among other things. Can you tell us anything else about the onboarding process at ESYON? What does onboarding look like?
I can tell you something about my first few days. All in all, I found the onboarding process to be well structured. At ESYON, onboarding is a matter for the boss. Ronny had an onboarding checklist that we went through together. He personally introduced me to the various projects. My colleagues also included me in their projects, so that I was able to actively support them directly. Now I’m gradually taking over my own project and receiving support from my colleagues as needed.
So you already manage your own projects?
Yes, at least partially. I work part-time and am busy three days a week. The rest of the time I’m writing my master’s thesis in the field of business intelligence, where ESYON acts as a practice partner.
You’ve already mentioned elsewhere that you value freelance work. How do you deal with the issue of work-life balance in general?
A good work-life balance is very important to me, ESYON is very accommodating about that. I have core hours of 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., but much more important than just working hours is getting the tasks done. This approach is not just communicated, but actually implemented. That, at least in my experience, is not a given. Take private appointments, for example: As long as everything stays within the bounds, I can keep them without any problems, and I’m sure that if I needed more time for my master’s thesis, solutions could be found here as well.
Finally, we would be interested to know what the future holds for you personally. Do you already have concrete goals and wishes for your time at ESYON?
My master’s degree is of course my top priority, after which I will switch to full-time employment. Due to the topic of my master’s thesis, certification as a Business Data Analyst would be another possibility. The same applies to specializations in the Microsoft and OXID environment, where ESYON is a certified partner. Ultimately, however, I am most looking forward to the upcoming projects that await me. It will certainly be an exciting time!
We are sure of that! Carla, we had a lot of fun, thank you very much for the exciting interview. We wish you all the best for your further time at ESYON and hope you will stay with us for a long time. And of course all the best for your master thesis!
Would you also like to become part of the ESYON team? Then take a look at our job advertisements or send us your unsolicited application.