A place for authenticity
“The most amazing thing about Zühlke is the environment. It really lets you bring your whole self to work,” Szymon explains. “It’s fine to say you don’t feel good. I’ve had quite a hard time after losing two relatives, and being able to rely on my colleagues for support really helped.”
And on those tough days, Szymon had the support of his colleagues. “It was hard to convince my friends and family to join in with Skype calls, so I’ve actually been talking more with my colleagues about how I feel.”
The connections he’s built with colleagues not only generate a sense of belonging – but have supported him through personal tragedy. “I don’t know how many people can say that after a tough time, coming back to work was something they’ve looked forward to.”
And this mentality has unlocked a new area within Szymon’s career: He now gives back and shares his skills and experience to help other people succeed. He’s currently mentoring a Junior Developer on a data project and takes every opportunity to give back to his community. For example, he’s coaching people who want to become data scientists at events in partnership with Manchester Digital.