East, West, Cape Town is best!

LENNE MOVED TO CAPE TOWN FROM SWEDEN TO START HIS CAREER AT DIGI, AND ALMOST 7 YEARS LATER HE STILL LOVES THAT HE GETS TO WORK IN A FIELD THAT HE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT – SPORTS! WE SPOKE TO HIM ABOUT HIS DIGI JOURNEY, AND WHY HE LOVES CAPE TOWN.

How did you become a part of the Digi family?

I was living in Sweden, feeling restless and bored (my hometown is tiny and there is not much to do). I was browsing around for a job, and came across a position available for a Swedish-speaking Sports Customer Service Host at Digi on a recruitment site. I applied straight away, it certainly didn’t hurt that the job was based in Cape Town!

Tell us about your journey from Sweden to Cape Town

I was a bit of a vagabond before moving to Cape Town, roaming around Europe. I lived in Northern Ireland, Malta, Norway and the Republic of Ireland. I worked in various positions for different businesses. 

The opportunity to move to another continent, working with something I love and am passionate about, was too great to pass up. After the Skype interview (which went really well), it felt like the perfect fit. I was offered the positon as a host and accepted immediately. It didn’t take long before the flight tickets were booked and I was sitting on the aeroplane, taking off toward a new and exciting adventure.

The process was smooth. I applied for my Visa and after six weeks I had it in my hand. In October of 2013 I was met at the Cape Town International Airport and taken straight to the accommodation supplied by the company. The free accommodation in the beginning of my Digi career really helped me to settle in and gave me plenty of time to look for a place of my own, shedding any unnecessary stress from my shoulders.

Tell us about your Digi journey

About six months into my career as a Sports Customer Service Host a thrilling opportunity presented itself, and I applied for the job as a Swedish Sports Content Marketer. One of the happiest moments in my career was when I got the phone call from HR, informing me that my application was successful!

Being a Sports Content Marketer was amazing, and every day was different. I got to write about sports and promote our offers on the website. I stayed in that role for four years, before another great opportunity came along. There was a new Sports department launching and I decided to apply for the role as a Sports Retention Marketer. Once again, I was successful in my application for the role, and the thrill of receiving that news was even greater than what I had felt four years prior.

The role I am currently in lets me work with some of the best people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. The passion we have for our job is something else. I consider myself very lucky to be able to work with so many talented colleagues.

Tell us a bit about your current role as a Sports Retention Marketer

One of the best things with my job is the sheer diversity of the things we do. I get to be creative and write sport content, I get to plan future promotions and communications, I get to be a part of a team that wants to achieve great things, and the journey we have been on for the last two years has been nothing short of exceptional. There’s always something to do and every day I learn things I never knew before.

Another great aspect of the role I am in is the different departments we get to work with. I can honestly say we would be nowhere without the brilliant people in our Translations team, Creative team and Communications team. We always seem to reach a middle ground and do our best to make sure we deliver a product of the highest quality.

My manager has been amazing, through thick and thin, he always encourages new ideas and he has played a big part in my professional growth. I am very thankful for the faith and trust he has put in me and I would not be where I am without him.

What is your favourite part of DigiLife?

If you are determined to climb the ladder, you will. As the company continues to grow and expand, roles are regularly advertised. If you really want something, and you put in the effort, there is no limit as to what you can achieve at Digi. It’s up to you to make it!

I have worked with many internationally renowned companies and I have never experienced a company that treats its employees as well as what Digi does. We are not just a number, we are people – and are treated that way.

The perks are almost too many to count: Free lunch, massages at work, a free gym, Digi Bar on Fridays with free drinks, a coffee bar with ridiculously cheap coffee (and all proceeds go to charity!)  There is even a mobile hairdresser that comes to work once a week so you can get a haircut. There’s always something happening at Digi.

How are you finding Cape Town, after almost 7 years of living here?

There were a lot of new things I had to get used to but that is always the case when you make changes in your life. There are worse things to get use to than 30+ degree summers!

My favourite thing about coming to Cape Town was meeting my amazing wife. We have two gorgeous children (one human and one Dachshund).  As a family, you can’t get bored in Cape Town. There’s always something to do, and everything is close by. You can go for a picnic or a concert at Kirstenbosch Gardens, or go for a nice lunch at a wine farm, and it’s all within a 30 minute drive.

There are so many things that one takes for granted when one’s lived in Cape Town for a while. Table Mountain! Milk Tart! Koeksisters! Curries! Rugby! Cricket! There are lots of new things to experience here in Cape Town, and you’ll never be bored.

What advice do you have for someone considering moving to South Africa?

My advice is that if you’re looking for a change, South Africa might be the place for you. It certainly was for me.
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