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Anja Stollberg
@ Trivadis

Anja Stollberg, database developer and team leader, regularly bakes for the Trivadis "cake challenge" and lives the Categorical Imperative.

 

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I have fond memories of my early days at Trivadis. It was a month before the end of my business informatics studies when I saw an advertisement for the trainee programme and quite spontaneously applied for it. Shortly afterwards, I already found myself in the interview. It wasn't a classic "What are your strengths and weaknesses" procedure. We just had a casual chat, at eye level – super nice. I would say that at this point, the Trivadis spark had already jumped over. Only two weeks later, I started the programme together with other trainees. We were a really good bunch.

It wasn't a classic "What are your strengths and weaknesses" procedure. We just had a casual chat, at eye level – super nice.

And we still are today – some 16 years later. Of course, we trainees developed in different directions. But the team spirit, which I felt at Trivadis from the very beginning, has remained to this day. It starts at the professional level, where we maintain an extremely harmonious and uncomplicated relationship within the team, but also among the teams and with clients, and ends with the regular cake challenge. That's right. Those who want to can bake a cake, which is then rated by the colleagues using an elaborated system. Some fabricate real works of art – and the three winners, including their picture, are displayed on the Wall of Fame in the office.

In addition to the collegial interaction, there is another thing I particularly appreciate at Trivadis, of which I am probably the best example. I started my career as a trainee and am now a team leader. I didn't have to push myself to the fore for that. Good work is seen, and employees are encouraged. This is generally true in terms of responsibility and tasks. I can still remember when I – actually an expert in Oracle development – was suddenly asked to participate in a Microsoft SQL BI project. At first, I declined, but they persuaded me that I would grow into it. For me, it was a jump in at the deep end, but in retrospect it was also one of my greatest highlights: on the one hand, to feel this confidence in my abilities, and on the other hand, to be able to discover new areas and develop skills "on the fly". By the way, the project was a success – and I still love working in this field.

I started my career as a trainee and am now a team leader. I didn't have to push myself to the fore for that. Good work is seen, and employees are encouraged.

Apart from being a team leader, meanwhile I am also a mum. This is easy to see from the many children's drawings hanging up here in my home office. Home office: a great advantage for me in particular. With children, you have to be able to put the pen down if necessary. That's possible here. Not least thanks to the support of my great team and my husband, my roles as a mother and as a team leader can be perfectly combined. Homeoffice also makes it possible to take quality time more easily. Besides my passion for baking, I love mountain biking, if the weather permits it. For a short tour, I even sometimes take a longer lunch break. In winter, however, I mainly work out in our extended fitness cellar.

All these values and advantages that I appreciate so much at Trivadis I also try to pass on myself. My guiding principle is Immanuel Kant's Categorical Imperative: "Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law." I am convinced that I can do my part to ensure that Trivadis remains a good bunch.

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