Novita Globalme Administrative Assistant
Hi! I’m Novita, and I’m the Office Manager/Administrative Assistant and QA tester for Indonesian at Globalme. My background experience encompasses a little bit of everything; I like taking chances and keeping myself open to new things. It’ll be a bit of a roller coaster ride reading about it all (and it was certainly a roller coaster ride living through it!) Where do I even begin?
I was born and raised in Surakarta, also known as Solo, a small yet beautiful city located in Central Java, Indonesia (adding yet another nationality to the Globalme team). Solo is known as a hub of Javanese culture, with incredibly delicious food that I miss every single day. After getting my degree in Air Transport Management (bet you didn’t expect that one!), I spent the next four years working for a couple of different airlines and travel agencies in the bustling capital of Indonesia, Jakarta. In my free time, I volunteered with an organization that allowed me to work with children and communities in the slums of North Jakarta. It was through my volunteer experience that I realized my passion; I wanted to pursue a career in non-profits, and I wanted to help better the lives of communities that needed help. I moved to the smaller yet wonderful city of Yogyakarta and started my first professional job at a non-profit; I managed a handful of projects, and worked alongside people from a whole range of diverse backgrounds. It was amazing! On the side, I started my own little business where I taught personalized Indonesian lessons to International Students and working professionals.
I made the move to Vancouver to start a life that didn’t include a long-distance relationship (no more of that, thanks!) with my long-time boyfriend. He just so happens to be one of the founders of the organization that I volunteered at in Jakarta! I tried a handful of other things around Vancouver when I arrived; I worked for a bitcoin company, as an extra on movie sets, and also spent a lot of time volunteering with the Vancouver Women’s Health Collective. But, eventually I found Globalme. What started off as QA testing for Indonesian turned into a full-time opportunity, and I couldn’t be more excited. I adore the company so much, especially the multicultural environment, and the opportunity to always learn new things. I had never dreamed of working in a tech company, but now that I’m here and being exposed to so many different things, I’m jumping in my seat! To top it all off, my work schedule fits with my volunteer activity, so I can still work on my passion for non-profit. Although I miss Indonesia, Vancouver blows my mind – I’ve never been anywhere that has such easy access to beaches, parks, bike lanes, mountains, and so many different backgrounds. The community movements here are filled with passion and led by amazing people, as well.
Here are two truths and one lie about me – take a guess at what is what, and tweet it at us at @Globalmedotnet!
- I love durian.
- I have 9 siblings.
- I ran a successful little business when I was 12.
Hope you enjoyed my story – until next time,