Meet our Finance & Controlling Intern Hisham and find out what interns and founders at Silexica have in common.
WHERE AND WHAT?
I live in Cologne, in the Bayenthal neighborhood, right next to the Rhine river. Though my intention now is to stay living in Cologne until the distant future, I do have a background filled with moving around. From my home country, Syria, to Jordan, before reaching the final destination, Germany. As a Finance & Controlling intern, my duties include creating financial reports, forecasting the company’s financials as well as preparing the monthly financial closing. Considering my high affinity for numbers and analytical state of mind, those are all very enjoyable tasks to perform.
BEST THING ABOUT YOUR WORK?
I always wake up motivated to come to work in order to tackle the various issues we’re facing within the team, as well as helping my lovely colleagues with their diverse requests. What I really admire about our office though, is that it gives us the opportunity to meet lots of amazing, creative personalities that come from across the globe and gather right here!
BEST DEVELOPMENTS SINCE YOU JOINED?
One thing that never changes within Silexica is the open-minded mentality of everyone who works here. No matter if you are an intern or the founder, every Silexican can share their ideas whenever. Therefore, this leads to constant positive change and development.
HOW DO YOU EXPERIENCE OUR VALUES (TEAM, INNOVATION, CUSTOMER ORIENTATION) IN YOUR DAILY WORK LIFE?
We are always doing our best to be a tight-knit team, by lending each other a hand when needed, constant communication to improve productivity, and providing direction. We are also always coming up with ideas that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our internal processes.
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING IF YOU HADN’T BECOME A ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL?
If I had not become a Financial Controller, I would have probably studied music and pursued a career in singing or maybe done something related to theater or film production. The world is filled with opportunities!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ITEM OR PLACE IN THE OFFICE?
I would say my favorite location in the office is definitely where my desk is situated when the sun shines, as it gives such an amazing boost to the day. It makes me perform my tasks in a more productive manner. That is, of course, after enjoying it for 5 relaxing minutes.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?
I always enjoy going to parks and nature in general, especially in the summer, and practicing various sports and activities; such as Frisbee, tennis, swimming, and football. I also enjoy listening to and practicing lots of music, gaining knowledge of various valuable information, and keeping in touch with family and friends spread across the globe.
ADVICE TO FUTURE INTERNS?
My advice to our future Silexicans would be to grab the bull by the horns and embark on this amazing journey, while continuously gaining valuable knowledge along the way. This will benefit you massively throughout your future endeavors. Also, don’t forget to push yourself out of your comfort zone, think outside the box, and embrace your differences.