When I chose to study International Business Communication I have always dreamed about working for an international company. That dream came true this summer.
Why do I prefer working for an international company rather than a Danish company? Don’t get me wrong. I wouldn’t mind. But something I love is learning about other countries and cultures. Imagine if you could do that in a meeting or during your lunch break?
Yes, that is my every day life at MACE.
A fruit bowl with all kinds of fruits in it. That is how I would describe my current workplace.
Irish, English, Danish, Australians, Scottish, Bosnian, Jamaican, Indian, New Zealanders, Dutch – that’s our office. Different kind of people with different backgrounds, opinions, nationalities, cultures and personalities. Some are loud, some are quiet, some are talking a lot, some are always happy, some are not, some love to joke around, some are older, some are very young, some love to eat Kit Kat, some love Snickers, some love bear and some love wine, and yet we are a perfect fit and we make it work every day.
There are a lot of people who prefer to be surrounded with people who think and look like themselves. It is easier and more comfortable. You don’t have to explain yourself. You just understand the unspoken rules, you are more relaxed and you don’t have to worry about someone questioning your actions or opinions. But how boring is that?
They say: “you think the only people who are people are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger you’ll learn things you never knew”.
We are more than 100 people at my office. Each person has a story to tell and they are so different from each other. I learn something new every day. My days are never the same and I am never bored. I wake up in the morning and look forward to go to work.
Here are couple of my favorite stories from work that made me smile. I have a lot of them but some of them I would like to keep for myself 🙂
Eggs & Frogs:
My colleague who sits next to me on my left is from Scotland. He has become like my uncle I’ve never had. He always gives me advice, make sure that I am alright and don’t stay for too long at work, tells me stories, went with me to check out my new apartment and the best part he always leaves the eggs and frogs from the Haribo bag for me. On my second day he asked me if I wanted to have some Haribo candy and I said no thank you cause I was on my way to the canteen to get lunch. But I told him that my favorites are eggs and the frogs. Since then whenever he eats Haribo candy he leaves the eggs and the frogs for me.
My other colleague who sits across me is from Cape Town.
He is married to a lady from Pakistan. He has an Ipod with World’s music on it he says. Every morning he leaves his Ipod on my table. It has music from all over the world on it. It is quiet interesting to listen to while I am working, even though I don’t understand it. Sometimes I google translate the titles just to get an idea what the song is about.
One day he told me that he missed his wife and her Baklava (a cake we make in Bosnia for Eid) and my mom made some and I brought him some. It made him so happy and he in return made some snacks from Pakistan. Actually it was supposed to be for my mom, but it was so good that I ended up eating the whole thing. Lol
My manager is from New Zeeland. Very creative, takes amazing pictures, knows how to ride horses, plays pretty much every instrument, has traveled the world. She became my friend at work really quickly – a person who always has my back. In Denmark we are used to having a certain distance to our managers. But this is opposite. She is always ready with a hug in the morning and always listens to my dramas and everything else that follows with life.
Maria (Danish) who actually chose to send my CV to my manager is like my mamma and big sister at work. Always asks how I am doing, if I need anything, also always give hugs. Last week when I wasn’t feeling so well at work she made sure to stay with me, calm me down and drive me home. When I went for a walk to get some fresh air she invited me to her home (she lives near my house) and her two little boys gave me a little basket with all kinds of candy in it and a cute note saying “get better Irina”.
My colleague who sits next to me on my right is a girl who works in the same team as me. We are same age. She was the one who was responsible for teaching me in the beginning. Thanks to her I got through it and I’ve learned so much and still am learning. She is very different from me. I sometimes think I am too Barbie for her. She loves cars, I don’t even know how to park properly, I eat a lot of salad, she loves meat and eats very little green, she is amazing at dancing and Zumba, I can barely follow at the Zumba classes, she is calm and quiet, I talk like a waterfall, I love dresses and she loves jeans and t-shirts. But we work so well together and it is because of our differences, I give tons of hugs and she runs away (but she is getting used to it slowly lol ) We like to work with different things and therefore we never fight over tasks. We support each other and she always has an answer ready when I need it and at lunch we share every day life stories with each other.
My little dinosaur buddy:
One day I was very tired and had a lot on my plate. When I went to lunch and came back this little fella was on my table. My colleague Helen, who is from England made him and left him on my table to keep me company 🙂
Winnie The Pooh was right when he said that sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart. Call me fluffy, but that is true – life really is about the little things.
I am part of this amazing, big family and I am so grateful.
Have a great Monday everyone 🙂