I was born in and I grew up in Cyprus. I took a science-oriented choice of classes in lyceum (the upper-half of a typical foreign high school for ages around 16-18). After that, I decided (took a familiar road tbh) to attend a university course.
I felt like I barely knew anything about this interesting sector, and I wanted to learn more, with people (lecturers, professors, class-mates, like-minded individuals etc) actively guiding and helping me through the journey.
Taking this course would also help me become recognized as a “Computer Scientist” and open doors to my future ahead (not quite like Rick but we’re both considered scientists w-o-w).
After finishing my Computing course, I felt very lucky to be quite confident in my skills. I also felt like I was ready to take a job as software developer in order to get more hands-on experience and learn even more than the university could be capable of providing me.
At a similar point in time, I started realizing that what I was picturing as like-minded individuals had started to change.
For example, a lot of people around me at university and at work were interested in computing and programming, but only a few people shared the same values and ideals as myself.
I am still discovering those values as I go, but I started to think that who you team-up with in life, and the journey you are going to have, are even more valuable than what you will actually be working towards (you might’ve realized this a long time ago yourself, but at this point I felt like someone put their hand over my head and turned it for me to stare at what mattered most).
I feel that Ideas2Life honestly cares about your journey and wants you to flourish.
It consists of like-minded individuals. And, now, by like-minded individuals I realized that I mean the people of Ideas2Life!
They are curious, willing to learn how to do new things, adopt useful habits, constantly improve themselves (both professionally and personally), are open to change, are considerate and serious towards what you have to say, are smart and full of energy to put to use, want to hear your feedback, are happy to get into work.
I think that a lot of interviewers will be looking for the potential candidates to be all of the above things, but the team you will be joining is actually lacking most of them…
A lot of companies’ way of working is engraved by where the most and easiest money lies while keeping their employees happy enough to continue to work. But Ideas2Life wants to provide you (yes, you(!) , the most simple employee) an amazing experience at both work and in life.
The basic result is that you won’t feel like you are working (or what you thought working meant – in its most traditional way), and you are just working for your happiness and growth instead of just earning the highest salary possible, acquiring a prestigious job title, or boosting your ego.
The Ideas2Life team is not the kind of team that my 3-years-ago-self was imagining I would be in, but it is certainly the team I cherish being in and I can’t see myself being in any different kind of team.
While the team expects you to follow some “best-practices”, they seem to make your life better while not actually restricting you from doing what you want (because what you want is where those best practices are guiding you to!).
They are like life-hacks given to you by your wise old friend, which you decide to adopt (while you had adopted most of these life hacks anyway on your own!) because of how improved your life has become.
The people at Ideas2Life basically asked me to be myself. Even though you shouldn’t need anyone to tell you that, it was a very good push and a “slap-of-realization” that I should indeed be that and exercise it as much as possible.