By signing up you accept the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy
Career and Interview Tips

She Lives In Denmark And Is A Full Stack Developer For The Washington Post

What advice would you give other women interested in working remotely?

This is no job for procrastinators or idlers. You need to be able to keep track of your work and actually do it, but also know when to stop. It can become lonely, so keep up hobbies and try to take advantage every benefit of working remotely.

Do you have any strategies for staying efficient outside of an office? What tools do you use?

I try to keep my work completely separated from my private life on my PC so that I won’t get distracted. I try to keep a steady rhythm of when I work and during that time work is my number one priority. Multitasking is a fine thing, but not if it reduces your productivity. At the start of the day, I get everything ready that I’ll need while working (like drinks, snacks), and then I don’t stop working until I reached my goal.

How would you describe a typical work day?

My typical workday starts early, where I catch up on everything I missed overnight (because the time zone difference). I take a lunch break, where I cook, walk with my dog and have a bit of free-time where I can work in the garden or in the house, depending on the weather. At around 3 p.m. I go back to work and finish my day by talking with everyone I need to talk to and work until around 6 p.m.

What are the biggest challenges about working remotely? How have you overcome them?

Working remotely, you have to master managing yourself and your time. If you are hired for a certain amount of time or project, you have to deliver. At home, everything can turn into a distraction — dirty dishes, laundry or my dog — but it is important to stay focused. I have been working from home for several years and even before that, I had to manage my own work in an office. I think always keeping an eye on what has to be done prepared me well for remote work at home.

Tell us a little more about your home life and how you spend your free time.

I am German, 26-years-old and live in Denmark. Some of my free time is used up by going to language-school, which I will finish in November. My husband and I have a 2-year-old Bernese Mountain dog with whom I go to dog-training, teach her tricks, and take daily walks in the forest. The house that we are renovating together is keeping me entertained throughout the week and weekends. There is a little time for volleyball or beach visits, which I try to squeeze in as much as I can.

What did you like best about working with PowerToFly?

Well, I like that I am not alone. If I am unhappy or have questions, I have my PowerToFly talent manager who always responds quickly to my questions. Not to mention that I joined Power to Fly and got a job within the first few weeks!


How These Companies Are Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

According to a recent study, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen 150% since the pandemic started. But these acts of violence are not new — they are part of a much larger history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.

That makes celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (which was named a month-long celebration in May by Congress in 1992 "to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869") this year all the more important.

Autodesk, Inc.

How Embracing What She Doesn’t Know Led Autodesk’s Arezoo Riahi to a Fulfilling Career in DEI

Arezoo Riahi isn't a big fan of the "fake it till you make it" approach. She'd rather ask for the help she needs and learn from it.

Autodesk's Director of Diversity and Belonging joined the design software company from the nonprofit world after a long career in connecting people from different cultures. While her work had been deeply rooted in DEI values, there were certain parts of the strategy-building aspects to her new role that she wasn't sure about.

"If you know it, show up like you know it. If you don't know it, you shouldn't fake it. And Autodesk didn't shame me for not knowing everything. They helped me, and the entire team, by providing the resources that we needed, bringing in outside expertise to help teach us when we were in new territory," says Arezoo, who has been at Autodesk for three years now, during which she's been promoted twice into her current role.

We sat down with Arezoo to hear more about her path into DEI work, what she thinks the future of that work must include, and what advice she has for women looking to build fulfilling careers, from knowing what you don't know and beyond.


Behind-the-Scenes: Sales Interview Process at LogMeIn

Get an inside look at the interview process for sales roles at LogMeIn, one of the largest SaaS companies providing remote work technology, from Michael Gagnon, Senior Manager of Corporate Account Executive Sales.

Procore Technologies Inc

How Being an Open Member of the LGBTQIA+ Community Has Helped Procore’s Alex Zinik Overcome Imposter Syndrome at Work

Alex Zinik wasn't surprised that she started her career in education—she decided she would become a teacher when she was just in third grade.

She was surprised while working as a paraeducator in the school system and preparing to become a special education teacher, she discovered that it didn't feel quite right. "I didn't know if that's what I really wanted to do," she recalls.

So a friend suggested she take a job during her off summers at construction software company Procore. She thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try out this new challenge, and if she needed to, she could go back to the school district once the summer was over.

"Five summers later, I'm still here!" she says, smiling. "And I see myself here for many more years. I just fell in love with the company, the culture, and with the career growth opportunities I was presented with."

As part of our Pride month celebrations, Alex, currently the Senior Executive Assistant to the CEO at Procore, sat down with us to share how a common fear—the fear of being found out—underlay the imposter syndrome she felt when pivoting to an industry in which she lacked experience, and the anxiety she often felt before coming out to her friends and family about her sexuality.

Read on for her insight on overcoming negative thought patterns, being yourself, and paying it forward.


The Outlook That Helps CSL’s Paula Manchester Invest in Herself and Her Team

If you told Paula Manchester that you weren't good at math, she wouldn't believe you.

"That's a global indictment," she says. "'I'm not good at math' implies that you don't have the ability to nurture that muscle. And then I'd ask what kind of math? There's a lot to math."

© Rebelmouse 2020