Hi! My name is Melissa and I’m working at KRY/VIDAs Spanish office. My role at KRY includes everything that involves Medical Operations, such as hiring new doctors and keep them up to date.
So why did I join VIDA/KRY? When I first heard about it I thought it was an amazing idea, and that probably would change the way of communication with doctors in the future, and I thought: I´d love to be part of this! And of course, the opportunity to work with a Swedish company was an interesting challenge. At the moment, I have been working at KRY/VIDA for 10 months. I got 20 questions about myself, that I’ve answered, in order for all of my co-workers in Sweden and Norway and most of all our blog readers to get to know me a bit better!
1. What is, in your mind, best about Mondays?
I like to have new challenges every week, and I think Mondays are the ideal time to plan and organize them. I also like that I feel refreshed because I have rested during the weekend.
2. What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My alarm and my sense of responsibility with my work. I´m very sleepy and it´s hard for me to wake up.
3. What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?
I used to have my own practice as a psychologist in Venezuela working as a couple’s therapist. It was always refreshing to see how after months of therapy the couples solved their problems and ended the treatment happy. On one occasion, I met a couple at a wedding, that I had treated four years before we met again, they were still together, happy and with a baby.
4. What does a typical day look like for you and what are you currently working on?
Currently I´m working with Medical Operations and with the Growth team at the same time. In Medops I´m teaching doctors how to use Quinyx (one of our systems), fixing any problems they could have with patients or the back office, training doctors in new protocols, and making payrolls. With the growth team, I´m doing some surveys to people on the streets about our product, trying to understand how to improve KRY/VIDA in Spain, and I´m also helping in the Cataluña project.
5. What three competencies would you use to describe your role?
Empathy, organized and problem solver.
6. What is on your wish list for your next five years here?
I would love to see KRY/VIDA on all my friend´s phones without me asking them to download the app!
I also would like to see even more international people working with us.
7. What are your biggest professional challenges?
Now, contribute in all possible ways to the growth of the Spanish market, hire the best doctors, and have an amazing team.
8. If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
Haha, that is a very tricky question. I think everyone here is great and I could learn a lot from each one in different ways.
9. What do you like most about your job?
I love talking to people, listen to their ideas, and learn from different ways of thinking. I feel I can do all that in VIDA / KRY,
10. Explain your office vibe at the KRY/VIDA office in Spain with one word!
11. What advice would you give to recent new entrants?
Work hard but also, don't forget to have fun!
12. When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
Last weekend, I had a dinner with some friends, and my friend´s daughter (she is two years old) took my phone out of my purse, and she kept it in her backpack without me noticing. When they were about to leave my friend said to the baby: "Let´s go, we must go and see grandma." The baby took my phone out of her backpack and said: "Hello, grandma?" We couldn´t believe the little thief she is!
13. What is your motto or personal mantra?
One day at a time
14. What is your best health advice?
Eat everything in moderation
15. What’s the most recent app you’ve downloaded but are yet to use?
Showroomprive. It´s an app with great discounts on clothes, household items, gifts here in Spain.
16. Given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
I would like to be the president of the United States and send an invasion to Venezuela to end communism.
17. What’s your favorite line from a film?
Carpe diem (From "Dead poets society").
18. What should one do when visiting Madrid?
You should go to El Mercado de San Miguel and eat some tapas for dinner, and after that to El Circulo de Bellas Artes rooftop for some drinks. If you feel like having fun in a traditional Spanish way, go to Tony 2, it is a piano bar. Keep in mind that we have dinner at 10-11pm, and the piano bar opens at 1 am!
19. What is your guilty pleasure?
I love to travel and know new places, it does not matter if it´s only for a few hours!
20. Tell us one fun fact about yourself!
When I arrived in Madrid, I was looking for a job and it wasn’t easy! People in Spain ask for experience in Spain which I did not have! At some point, I despaired and I started looking for any kind of work, I didn’t care, and I found a job as a waitress, which I had never done before. In my first and last day, I spilled beer on five different customers! I l left the job before I got fired..
Thank you all for reading my blog post, now - let's head back to work and have some fun!