What does a Community Insight Specialist at Karger do? Nives Vajda told us in an interview about her typical day at work, how she structures her tasks and what she appreciates working at Karger.
Take us through a day in your work life. What are some of the work habits you’ve developed over the years that help you maintain productivity?
My workday is usually a mix of many different activities, depending on where the projects I am working on are at the moment. Doing desk research or analyzing data and writing reports demand a lot of time for quiet, concentrated, analytical work. On the other hand, research planning and data collection are very dynamic, with lots of interactions with colleagues and research participants and many short-term tasks. I try to do the short tasks early in the morning and leave time later in the day for focused work, and break down larger projects into smaller units or tasks to make daily time planning easier.
What motivated you to apply for a position at Karger?
After starting my career in marketing, I later moved on to working on scientific research projects in the field of psychology. I enjoyed working at the university, but I missed the creativity and the dynamic of marketing. This position at Karger attracted me as an optimal opportunity to remain close to the scientific community while being part of a marketing team.
What has been your experience during the remote working over the last two years?
My job interview and onboarding were almost fully remote, so I was used to it from the beginning, and it was not challenging at all. The flexibility of remote work is also very helpful for my interactions with customers — it is much easier to accommodate the scheduling preferences of interview partners from different time zones when working from home.
It was interesting, however, to finally meet everyone in person when we returned to the office, and I am glad that we can now also have an informal exchange over lunch or in the hallway and that I got to know some of my colleagues better.
What do you enjoy the most about your time at Karger?
Openness for new ideas and initiatives. I greatly appreciate working in a team where I have freedom to try out new ideas and build new processes and have positive and constructive discussions with colleagues.
The other thing would be the opportunity to work with and learn from a wide range of experts from various fields both in Karger and in the Karger community. Listening to them to better understand how they work, their motivation and their needs often gives me insights into interesting new areas, opens questions I never thought about before and inspires new ideas.
What would you like someone who’s interested in applying to Karger to know?
That is a difficult question since there are many various roles in the company, but speaking from my experience I would say: you can look forward to a great start. You will be welcomed by a very well-organized onboarding process and kind colleagues happy to answer your questions. You will also have access to a user-friendly digital platform with extensive information about various topics, which allows you to get a better understanding of the company, products, and services in your own time.
What kind of media are you consuming every day?
Other than quickly checking the news and LinkedIn feed, I cannot say that I use any media daily. I am subscribed to many newsletters and follow many professional groups, to better understand the field that I am researching and keep track of new developments, so I visit their pages or take part in their webinars when something interesting comes up. Lately I have been reading a lot about big data and machine learning, especially its impact on society.