Wie es ist, bei Wikimedia Deutschland im Bereich Software Entwicklung Praktikant zu sein, erzählt uns Andrew Pekarek-Kostka in diesem Gastbeitrag auf Englisch. Andrew berichtet über seine Vorstellungen vor dem Praktikum, der Arbeitsatmosphäre, wie er sich an unsere Prozesse der agilen Softwareentwicklung angepasst hat und an welchen Wikiprojekten er arbeitete.
Before starting at Wikimedia Deutschland e. V., being a 17-year old with no previous work experience, I was under the impression that working for such a big organization would be similar to the way a typical work day was portrayed in the famed 90s movie “Office Space”: boring, dull, and uninteresting. However, when I walked into the office for the first time the contrast between the rather dark and grim weather in Berlin and the ecstatic attitude of the office was huge. The overall working atmosphere is welcoming and spirited with a perfect balance of fun and professionalism. It was a positive opposite of what I was expecting.
My first few days at Wikimedia were spent going through a process called “onboarding” which enabled me to get ready for my following 7 weeks. This consisted of prepping my machine, my software, and getting all my accounts setup along with a quick tour which gave me the opportunity to briefly meet most of my colleagues from all departments. If I had any questions or needs, I always knew I could ask one of my colleagues for assistance. Following the setup came a series of meetings through which I gained valuable insight into the various different departments and simultaneously meet the many interesting people who, together make Wikimedia Deutschland possible.