Digi People: Meet Georgie, our Project CoordinatorJune 22, 2020
Welcome to our special 'at home' edition of Digi People! Each month, we sit down with a team member at Digistorm to talk about their life, their career before Digistorm, and what their experience has been since joining the team. Today, we're catching up with Georgina O'Neale to learn more about what has kept her busy during lockdown, how she swapped 3D design for project management career, and a touching highlight to come out of life in isolation.
Tell us a little about yourself, your family, your hobbies, and what you might normally get up to pre-isolation.
I have a little 10-month-old, nearly 11, and so he has kept me pretty busy this year. Pre-isolation, I guess we used to fill up our weekends with visiting friends and having barbecues, but we haven't really been doing that so, it has been a bit different. My husband also has two older children, so it's usually all about entertaining kiddies.
What are you reading, watching, or listening to right now?
We did the Tiger King thing, like everybody else did and that was pretty insane. I'm actually listening to the radio a little more than I used to, just to get news and weather updates. Now that we're in air-conditioned offices, I guess we care about what the weather is doing.
What was your journey to working in project management?
I started out in a very different role to what I'm doing now. I started as a 3D designer and worked in a few different architecture firms – I was the person who put together the 3D representations of what the buildings were going to look like. I did that for quite a few years, and then I got to the point where I felt as though what I enjoyed the most was the concept side of things and helping clients to realise their goals. That's how I ended up looking for a job in project management.
I landed a job with a company that creates 3D representations of architectural projects and worked as a project manager there – that helped me bridge into project management. I learned a lot and was lucky enough to be posted to New York for three months, which was super exciting! Then when I had my son I took a little time off and was always keen to get back into project management so, when the position at Digistorm came up I was very excited.
Why did you decide to join Digistorm?
I decided to join Digistorm because it's a young and exciting company. I think the products are really exciting as well – I really enjoy helping within the education sector because it's the future and I'm getting towards those decisions about schooling and it has been really interesting for me in my role because I'm helping schools but I'm a parent too. So, it has been really cool for me to feel like I understand what the other parents (the end user) will be dealing with.
What do you enjoy most about working at Digistorm?
I think it's the people that I like the most. I've never worked with such a positive group of people before! Everybody has a 'can-do' attitude, nobody's difficult to talk to. I've never met anyone at Digistorm that wasn't friendly so, I've really enjoyed getting to know everyone.
What does a 'day in the life of Georgie' look like in your role?
A typical day for me starts out by answering lots of emails in the morning, then I'll join our Implementations team for a stand-up where we talk about the current sprint and how everyone is going. Here we usually try to identify any issues and roadblocks, then I'll go away and action those. Then the rest of my day is spent discussing User Acceptance Training (UAT) and helping clients to structure their new online enrollment forms. I'm also usually sending slack messages to the Implementations team to help me learn – because there's a lot to learn.
How has your role changed since the lockdown?
Well, work-wise it's exactly the same, although I'm really busy because I have my little boy here most of the time and when his nanny isn't in it's like two full-time jobs! Often I've got him on one hip while I'm in a meeting. Right now he's on the baby monitor, I just put him to sleep so, at any minute he could start crying...It's been really interesting for me to get on top of my time management and constantly plan ahead.
What are you getting up to now that you're at home 24/7?
We started out just trying to fill the weekends with things we could do like watching movies with the kids and setting up a fire pit. Even when it was still warm, we'd let them toast marshmallows. Then I guess as the weeks have gone on, I've been doing a bit of cooking and pretty recently I discovered that I quite like gardening so, I've been getting into that. I'm actually really looking forward to this weekend, I'm going to pull out some weeds – I really enjoy it! I've discovered a new passion, it has been good.
What's your greatest challenge since being locked down?
Well for me, I'm kind of introverted so it hasn't been too bad. The social isolation hasn't been so hard on me, its been a lot harder on my husband and. I've watched him go slightly crazy. For me, I kind of like having my own space and my own company, but it's been hard to keep the kid's spirits up. My son is at such a crucial age of development and he hasn't been in daycare and it's been hard to make sure that he's learning and no just watching TV all day while I'm in meetings.
What's something positive that you've noticed to come out of the lockdown?
Well, I get along with my husband a lot more, it's kind of forced us together and we've really enjoyed the quiet time. We were constantly on the go before all of this happened, so it's just really put a pause on our life and has helped us to just reflect and get to know each other on a deeper level.
To wrap up, can you describe yourself in three emojis?
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We're always on the lookout for talented people to join the Digistorm team. Think you'd be a great fit? Then we'd love to hear from you! Send a copy of your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to meet more Digi People? Check out the rest of our series:
- Patrick, Our Support and Implementations Coordinator
- Heather, Our Marketing Manager
- Jamie, Our Senior Account Executive
- Deb, Our Lead Designer
- Mark, Our Full-Stack Developer
- Gus, Our Lead Developer
- Monica, Our Customer Experience and Implementation Specialist
- Chris, Our Software and Implementation Developer