Nina Neissl, German Content Executive on why she moved from Austria to join Skyscanner, and what new starts to the company can expect.
When flights go wrong
From the moment I got into the car early in the morning to begin my journey to Edinburgh, everything that could go wrong, went wrong; from my hand luggage getting stuck in the test basket – the one that checks whether or not your suitcase will fit in the overhead locker – at the check-in at Vienna airport (yes that can actually happen) to me sprinting through Heathrow thanks to a delayed previous flight which subsequently led to me nearly boarding the wrong plane…
These boots are made for walking
The decision to move to Edinburgh and leave behind my old life in Austria wasn’t an easy one to make. Sure, I had already lived abroad before, but only temporarily. This time it meant a long-term change of my life. Luckily, I love challenges, so the prospect of an amazing job in a beautiful city in a country I haven’t been to before was more than tempting.
When I finally arrived in Edinburgh after my eventful journey it was dark, I was exhausted and the trip had nearly drained all my enthusiasm. My mood, however, changed rapidly once I got my first glimpse of this fairy-tale city on my bus ride to the most gorgeous and spacious bed and breakfast I’ve ever been to. What a start.
I spent the next few weeks randomly walking through the streets of Edinburgh – strolling along the Union Canal and discovering tiny alleys all over the city are already two favourite weekend activities of mine. When I wasn't on one of my many walks, I was actually trying to settle in, which turned out to be easy and time-consuming at the same time. I have one piece of advice for everyone moving to Scotland: get proof of your new address as soon as possible. You’ll need it.
Photo shoots and baking competitions
And then the day I was looking forward to the most finally arrived: my first day at Skyscanner as Content Executive for the German market. When I walked towards the glass building, I remembered how excited I felt clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button to send the initial application a few months ago; and now here I was.
As soon as I reached reception, I was immediately sent to take the photo that now adorns my staff pass and every other account profile in the company (be warned newcomers!) Right after, three fellow starters and I had a two hour introduction that covered everything, from where to find your nearest printer in the office to exciting Skyscanner events that range from career development to baking competitions. After a short office tour we were dropped off at our desks and finally met our teams.
The environment here in the Edinburgh office is a flexible and creative one. Every person working at Skyscanner has a desk but laptops mean people are constantly switching their spots; there is a constant flow of people meeting and mingling to get on new projects or continue working on current plans.
Being part of the world
Since I started working I have been to several of the many overview sessions which give newcomers an insight into what other departments are working on. This is great for understanding the big picture of Skyscanner and feeling informed about what’s happening in the company.
In my first couple of days here I also met many of my co-workers who are from countries all over the world such as Brazil, Croatia, Russia and the U.S.; it sure is exciting to work in this global environment.
If I had to pick the best from all the exciting moments I've already had here, it would be the warm welcome I received from everyone at Skyscanner. Edinburgh already feels like home.
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