Saran Conde made the plunge moving from her home in Berlin to start a new career in Cape Town. We chatted to her about her journey, and her experience of spending time at Digi-International in London while she waited for her visa.
How did you come to join the Digi family?
Before I started at Digi, I was living in Berlin for 4 years. I moved there after school to grow and become more independent and finding the job at Digi was a further opportunity for personal growth and development. I don't remember the details, but I was searching online and clicked on an ad for a position of Customer Service Host in my native language of Italian. I decided to apply simply because it was what I needed at the time, a career change with new knowledge, and a new challenge. I believe that I stumbled upon the right job at the right time, it was one of those things that happen in life for a reason. I never imagined I would find myself in Cape Town exactly 9 months later.
Please tell us about the process of moving from Berlin, to London, to South Africa.
The recruitment process was quite fast, after passing the various interviews I was in London at Digi-International after only 2 weeks. The process of moving from Berlin was easy but the first few months in London having to settle in a new country and a new job, were challenging. Thankfully, everything went very smoothly with the help I received from Digi. After 6 months the Italian Embassy released my visa, and although there was a lot of emotion when it was time to leave, I received the maximum support both from Digi-International and DigiOutsource.
Tell us a bit more about your time at Digi-International.
I could write pages about my 6 months with Digi-International. They were not only a company to me, they welcomed me and made me feel like part of the family from my very first day. I was sceptical about all the good energy and positive atmosphere at work but from my first day in induction to my last day in London I met people who taught me, gave advice and offered moral support. I felt that I was a part of the team, the attention to detail is what really made the difference for me. I have worked at different companies in different sectors over the last 4 years, and what makes Digi different is the attention shown to every single person inside the building. From management to the facilitators to my fellow colleagues, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Digi-International for the memories that I will take with me wherever I go.
Now that you are in Cape Town, and at DigiOutsource, how have you been finding it so far?
Now that I'm finally in Cape Town, the feeling is beautiful and the differences are immediately noticeable. Majestic mountains accompany you everywhere during the car trips - the lifestyle almost makes you feel that you are on vacation. I am used to living in Europe but day after day in South Africa I realize more and more that the move was really worth it. I don't know what the future holds but I know that I will always be grateful to Digi for giving me this opportunity.
What is your favourite part of #DigiLife?
I don't know where to start, Digi has so many activities and events. I think one of the most awaited "events" of the week has to be Friday at Digi Bar, which allows us to socialize with fellow colleagues without the work tension.