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Interview with Ceylan
Hi Ceylan, you have been working at Mei as an intern since September. How do you like it?
It’s great! I’d been following Mei on Instagram for a while, so I knew the agency is working on cool projects. But the team and the working method really appeal to me. The people are very nice, there’s a relaxed yet proffessional vibe and we often go on trips; for example, last week I went to get falafel with Robert and Remko after a project visit. There isn’t a strict hierarchy, because everyone treats each other equally and doesn’t mind explaining things. You are taken seriously and not treated as an “intern”.
What does your day look like?
Most of the time, I work on SAWA. I personally like that very much, because I hope to do more with wood construction later. The first priority is of course that I achieve my learning goals from the study program, together with the project supervisors, we select which tasks match those goals. In addition, I learn how to work with Revit, and I am invited to attend many meetings. I think that’s great, because that’s where you gain the most knowledge. It is very diverse.
You started in corona time. What are you most looking forward to when the office reopens?
I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone again, joking around with colleagues and just being able to ask people small questions more quickly. And of course I’m looking forward to French Fries Thursday!
Interview with Fatima
Hi Fatima, you started in January as trainee, but now you’re our junior designer. Do you notice a big difference?
Not really, actually. I started the traineeship after getting my master’s degree, but since I already had quite a bit of knowledge, it quickly became more specialized and I was given more responsibilities. That shifted very naturally into a junior position.
What attracts you to working at Mei?
I especially like the transformation projects. I think it is great to see how Mei works with the ‘soul’ of the building and keeps the different time layers visible. In order to achieve the best result, we’re often working together as a team. That happens in a Dutch manner; ‘gezellig’ but to-the-point. Everyone has their own skills and it is nice to see that your contribution is really appreciated.
What has been your best experience at Mei so far?
The fact that I could go to Marseille was really a great opportunity. Because French is one of my native languages, I was able to contribute to an important presentation not only technically but also linguistically. It kind of feels like an exchange; I’m learning Dutch from my colleagues, and at the same time I can give something back through my own background.