Say ‘hi’ to Berenice, our newest member

admin/ August 17, 2017/ Community

Q: Hi Berenice and welcome to CambridgeSpace – what made you want to try Coworking and would you recommend it to others?
A: I am new in Cambridge and it seemed like the perfect timing to get a sneak peek of the co-working experience… I love it! So, yes, if given the chance… try it!

It is always refreshing to be around people working in absolutely different things than you are and getting the chance to meet people you probably wouldn’t have crossed paths with if it weren’t for this space.

Q: Tell us a little bit about what you’re up to…
A: Although I just moved in, I am still working at a PR- and marketing agency in Germany, specializing in tourism and lifestyle.

Q: What did you do before?
A: Pffuiii…! Long story short: destination marketing got me at hello, 10 years ago. I went to spend the summer in Chicago counting on a very relaxing month… but ended up as a part-time intern at the Mexico Tourism Board and just like that, I knew what I wanted to do for a living. A couple (many) years and (again… lots!) of studying and efforts later… here I am, living the dream!

Since I started at CambridgeSpace I’m feeling very much inspired to someday start something of my own so, probably yes. What? I have no idea. For now, I enjoy every day and look forward to being surprised by life. You might have all these plans and expectations but you suddenly find yourself in a new country with very nice people in a great co-working community. Eeeehh, see what I just did? 😛

Q: What is the most common issue you have to deal with and how do you solve it?
A: Cultural clashes between myself, my clients and their partners in the markets that I work for. I think I have learned to maintain good relationships between the involved parties while getting the project to move forward.

Q: What practical book / blog post / podcast etc would you recommend?
A: Everything that has to do with intercultural management! We now live in an extremely diverse environment and it is very useful to understand the cultural background of people because it allows you to be more empathetic towards others. The 6 dimensions of culture by Geert Hofstede is a must-read theory.

Q: What is your daily mantra?
A:  Depending on the mood, I have a mental jukebox of motivational, funny or deal with it quotes.

Being serious, every year I watch Professor Morrie Schwartz’s “Lessons on Living” interview on ABC Nightline and read the book Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. What a remarkable man!

Q: What productivity hack would you recommend?
A:  I have found it very useful to intercalate the tasks on my to-do list according to the level of concentration I need, in order to rest my mind a little bit after in-between.

Q: What music do you listen to when you work?
A: Some of you may have heard already about my guilty pleasure: very commercial pop music. I’m kind of stuck with the early 2000’s hits – what can I do… but embrace that flaw!

Q: Who inspires you and why?
A: It might sound cheesy, but my parents. They are what one would call a “self-made man and woman” that have – against the odds – studied, worked and given my sister and my opportunities they couldn’t have dreamed of for themselves. Working since their early teenage years, studying and working while we were growing up. My mom is now Head of a small charity that advocates for keeping children out of the streets and providing them with education or technical training for a better future; and my dad is unstoppable, at age 63 he decided it was time to study a Master’s Degree. I am just so proud and lucky!

Q: Where are you taking your next holiday and what do you plan to do?
A: If I can arrange it, probably San Sebastian in Spain or a mix of work and vacation to Peru. My main plan is to enjoy the fabulous food of either and eat like there was no tomorrow – you can’t help it if you are there!

Thank you all at CambridgeSpace for your warm welcome, you are making of this fresh-start a very enjoyable experience!