Hallo! My name is Anika, I’m a Project Manager here at Globalme. I have my fingers in a bunch of different pots; speech data collection projects in the US, QA testing for German, and even in-car speech data collection projects. Though I’m fluent in German and English, I’m happy to announce that I’m the only fluent Swedish-speaker in the Vancouver office! I also speak a touch of Korean (you’ll see why in a little bit).
I was born and raised in a small town called Heiligenstadt (“Holy town”) in Germany. It was a wonderful place to grow up; surrounded by lush forests and a whole lot of cows. While I do miss that small-town feel, my parents fostered in me a love for traveling that was hard to resist. I was just a child when the Iron Curtain came down, but I still remember the sparkle in my parent’s eyes when we were finally able to explore Western Europe.
When I was four, I told my parents I wanted to go to America. In 2004, I was able to do just that. I spent my Junior year of high school in Atlanta, Georgia, and got hooked on that feeling of “culture shock”. I had an incredible experience, and learnt so much. After my year was up, I finished off high school in my small town, and left to pursue my BA in Berlin. During my university career, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go to South Korea – twice – to study, work as a TA and to do research my Bachelor’s thesis. I miss the food so much that I actively debate on flying back just to binge eat. I also spent a few months in Copenhagen for an internship (I told you I loved to travel!).
After completing my BA, I spent one year as an assistant to the VP of a medical technology company before deciding to dive right back into academia. Soon, I found myself packing up and moving to Sweden to pursue a Master’s in Strategy and Management in International Organizations. It was then and there that I discovered my love for working among diversity; there were 25 students from 18 different countries. That’s why I was so excited to discover such an international company in Vancouver (that’s right, I’m talking about Globalme). But, I’ll get to that a bit later.
Once I finished my Master’s, I worked as a Project Coordinator and HR Manager for a fitness company in Stockholm. In 2015, the company asked me to lead the process of building a subsidiary of the company in Germany; a challenging, but totally rewarding experience. The travel bug was starting to crawl back into my life, however, and I found myself itching to try something new. I had always heard a lot of good things about Vancouver, and decided to come for a visit last Spring. Needless to say, the city blew my mind. I applied for a work permit right away and starting looking for opportunities in my soon-to-be new and perhaps permanent home (time for me to settle!?).
Globalme was a company I stumbled upon early in my search. Writing this is a tad ironic, because the GMTT posts are what originally caught my eye and helped me decide to work for Globalme! The vibe everyone gave off in their articles was exactly what I was looking for. After connecting with Hanna, I was more than excited to join such an open, multicultural, and cutting-edge team.
Here are two truths and one lie about me. Take a guess at what is what, and tweet it at us at @Globalmedotnet!
- I freak out when I hear people chew
- I’m a Hip-Hop DJ, not so good but just for fun
- I can’t say the word “caramelized”