Communication, writing and project management are some of my strongest assets. Aiming at developing these key skills further, I am looking for a place in a company that offers a steep learning curve as well as responsible tasks to its newcomers.
Journalism has interested me since high school, when I became editor-in-chief of the school’s magazine. Thus, I learned from an early age how to write articles, bearing in mind the audience, while respecting a set of rules given the context of the magazine. I collaborated with one of Romania’s biggest publishing companies, which allowed me to work with their editorial director, art directors and copy editors. My writing improved during university, where my assignments consisted mostly of essays. Aided by thorough research, I excelled in my written assessments and thus obtained a First Class degree. During my internship at trivago, I researched new features and provided my team with possible ways of implementation, an estimate of resources needed and the kind of impact these new changes were likely to have. Since trivago has its own internal wiki, I wrote articles about my findings there, making them available for the entire network. In addition, I wrote “How Tos” and reports on my day-to-day tasks and on the ongoing projects, as well as style guides about images and tools, both for the trivago Community, as well as for some of the other departments. I am currently trying to take my writing skills even further by maintaining a blog.
Although I only spent six months at trivago, I never thought of myself as “just an intern”. Instead, I always strived to deliver the best results and subsequently gained admiration from my reporting line. I finished all tasks within the narrowest of time frames and even found myself extra assignments every now and then (e.g.: researching new ideas for tool optimization, editing hotel pictures). I also managed my very own project that involved sending photographers to eight small and medium locations across Germany in order to complete trivago’s image inventories. I was in charge of the entire process – from determining locations, recruiting the photographers, signing contracts and coordinating appointments to receiving the photos and getting people paid. Organisation and communication were essential parts of this project as I had to ensure a smooth collaboration between three parties (company, photographers, hotels) with different interests.
Teamwork played a crucial role in my internship at trivago. I organised and taught workshops with the Content team in order to exchange knowledge, keep people up-to-date about the latest bugs, and train them in using the image tools to their full potential. Moreover, I cooperated with developers in doing QA for various algorithms they implemented in order to improve the image database, such as duplicate image detection or corrupt files deletion. The algorithms often turned out problematic, bringing with them a whole host of other issues. However, I always regarded setbacks as challenges, only increasing my motivation further.
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