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A Wallflower’s Sentiments

The corporate world has always been a mystery to me. The image of people seriously glued to computers, having various spreadsheets on the monitor, a steaming cup of coffee on the table, and stacks of papers on the side, had stuck with me. Perhaps that is true in some other companies, and maybe at Cooee too, to some extent. But more on that later.

You may be wondering as well, who am I? I’m still not quite sure myself. But here are some facts about me: I am a confused and self-critical recent graduate of accounting, and my first job is working as a financial analyst at Cooee.

I am supposed to find a job immediately after a short break after graduating. But because of the pandemic and lockdowns happening then, that plan was postponed. But eventually, restrictions have eased, and with the vaccines, the world has become a bit safer. After scouring the job sites and filtering posts that accepted people with no experience, I stumbled upon a post from Cooee. I never really give it much thought anymore. The more I think things through, the more likely I will end up doing nothing. So, I applied, and lo and behold, they responded fast. Within the duration of the lockdown, I actually tried doing a lot of things I didn’t normally do. I cleaned the house regularly, I exercised daily, I ate healthier, and I grew out my hair. Upon receiving a schedule for a video interview, I immediately got a haircut. A decision I am kind of regretting because, apparently, it is allowed at Cooee. As you can imagine, this is one of the life decisions that keeps me up at night.

As of writing this, I am currently in my 8th or 9th month, if I can count correctly. Time flies so fast. But from the job interviews and spending time in the office, I can tell that the people here are nice. And nice people don’t just happen by accident. It could be a personal choice to be nice, but you also attribute it to the working environment at Cooee. You are free to take a breather when things get a bit too stressful. My manager is easy to talk to and very down-to-earth. I don’t know if other companies do this, but I even got a chance to have coffee with the CEO. I was internally shaking during my first few months, even until now. I am kind of amazed at how much and how fast Cooee is changing. I am glad to have found a company that practices their values of authenticity, being empathetic, and believing in potential. The same values that I tried to live with before even realizing it.

I’ve rambled on long enough. If there’s something I want you to take away from my experience, it’s that you need to take a leap of faith sometimes. You can always ask yourself “When am I ready?”, but you probably don’t know unless you just take that leap. It’s tough not knowing things, everything is mostly a mystery, but such is life.
Ronie Carmona, Financial Analyst, Cooee Inc., Fresh Graduate
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