Employee Interviews: Lua
1. How would you describe yourself in 3 words and why?
I would say I am spontaneous, independent, and caring. Spontaneous because I am always in for things. I think being spontaneous also relates to being positive, I am always thinking in solutions. I am independent because I always get my things done, both at work and in my private life. If you give me an assignment, I will just figure it out. The last word is caring. This is because I care a lot about people, and I like to help others. It gives me a lot of satisfaction when I can arrange things for others. I think it is important to make sure that everyone is on the same positive page. You could say that I am a ‘People person’.
2. Can you tell me a bit more about your role at Levy?
Of course! I am a corporate recruiter and office manager. It is the best of both worlds. It is a very dynamic, chaotic, and alternating role, I love it. In this role I can work independently, I have a lot of freedom and responsibilities. It consists of recruiting internal roles, hr administration, finance, office supplies, organising internal events, business trips and maintaining a good and positive environment at the office. I love the fact that I am busy with people the whole day and that I have a say in things. I can decide things what can also impact people around me in a positive way. I am an organiser, so organising things gives me energy.
3. What is your favourite thing in the whole world?
The first thing that came to mind is food. I love it! To be more specific: Mexican food, because of my roots. My favourite dish is enchiladas. I do not often cook Mexican dishes, because it takes a lot of time, and it can be unhealthy. But when I do, I mostly make tacos or burritos.
On a more personal level, I would say it would be happiness. The most important things are that you take care of yourself and do things that make you happy. So, I am making sure that I am happy with my job, that I am successful, I take care of myself (eating healthy, working out). But it is also important that you are good to others as well.
4. How did you ‘survive’ the corona period?
I lost my job 2 times during the corona period. The corona period was actually a hard time for me. I was not very happy, not especially because of corona but I needed that time to figure out what I wanted. The times that I was alone, I had time to think about my future. During the second lockdown I found this job at Levy, I still feel very lucky about it. During that first period I was unhappy, but when I look back at it, it was a very interesting period for me, and I learned a lot. I did a lot of tests online to figure out what job would fit me and my personality. The result? A job with people. I also got into working out and maintaining a healthy lifestyle helped me during the harder times.
And how I survived, just by not giving up hope. I picked myself up and started to workout. Losing weight and eating healthier. I also did yoga, read a lot. I changed my interest in something that made me happy. I still try to work out every day, even if it is just yoga or some meditation. In my opinion meditation is also a workout, but for your mind. When I run, I run 10 km. It helps me relax.
The books I read are mostly mindset related. For example, ‘Master your mindset’, ‘Redeem yourself’ and ‘Four agreements’. But I also have a big interest in cultures and religion. So, I also read a lot about that. I find it important to know a lot about religions and what they stand for. That gives me a better understanding of people and life.
5. What do you love most about Levy?
The reason I chose Levy is because they are giving a lot of trust in their employers. They have a lot of faith in them. I was used to be micromanaged in my previous jobs, and at Levy it (luckily) does not work like that. So, I had to learn how to work more independent and how to deliver.
One of the powers of Levy is they are small and successful. There is a lot of potential to grow and opportunities within the company. As an employer you have a say in what is happening in the upcoming years. I am planning to stay here for a while!
6. Which hotspot would you say someone should visit in The Netherlands?
- Amsterdam tower, in the north of Amsterdam.
- The Madam, where the high swing is (also in the north of Amsterdam).
- Sky lounge, Hilton. Very nice view!
- Amsterdam city centre.
7. Funny fact about yourself
A lot of people see me as a girly girl, but I am actually a tomboy. I am one of the guys, most of the time I am in comfy clothing and like to be challenged in outdoor activities. I am a little crazy at times, but I enjoy life at its full potential!