Documill has seen considerable growth during the past year and with new business come new faces. In this series, we will turn the spotlight on those who have chosen to join Documill to further their careers.
This week we welcome Prakhar to Documill. Like Huong, he joined us in February as a Marketing Specialist. Together, they take care of most of the day-to-day in marketing, ensuring a steady – but ever-increasing stream of leads. But more on that later.
Prakhar is originally from the east side of Delhi, India. “We’re known as people from across the river,” he contributes. Luckily, Prakhar managed to relocate to the civilized world – and I don’t mean from populous Delhi, but from Kouvola, Finland.
You see, when he first came to Finland it was to study International Marketing Management. However, since he hadn’t heard of Finland before (it does exist, contrary to what the meme suggests), let alone of exotic places like Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsijänkä or Ii – both real Finnish places – he figured that the location doesn’t really matter. And that’s how he ended up in Kouvola, often playfully referred to as “Finland’s most useless town”.
Prakhar managed to survive the undoubtedly quiet years there with his sanity intact and we are all better off for it.
Moving from the second-largest city in the world to the Finnish countryside
When I ask him about his time in Kouvola he reminisces; “when I first arrived in Kouvola, I was a bit surprised. No one told me what to expect and it was the first time I went abroad. It was definitely a new experience for me.”
“Kouvola was quiet and peaceful. It was also boring. When you have nothing to do then you really don’t have anything to do. There is a lot of nature which made the summers nice at least.”
“Delhi is a totally different world from Finland. There are way too many people, which also means that literally everything is available and easy to get. Everything works 24/7 there. At least in Finland, I have personal space everywhere I go. But it takes some getting used to. Like, in Kouvola when it is Easter, everyone has a day off. That never happens in Delhi.”
Working in Finland’s Capital Region
On his first day at Documill, Prakhar commuted from Kouvola to Espoo by car, a cool 2.5 hours’ drive because of a chilling blizzard, but he has thankfully moved closer since.
In his role as Marketing Specialist, Prakhar primarily focuses on content creation and distribution. In fact, he recently published his first blog article. He also introduced the team to Canva as an easy-to-use (and affordable!) alternative to Photoshop and has become a Hootsuite regular.
Prakhar himself has the following to say about his first few months at Documill: ”It has been a good learning experience for me because I do know a little about a lot of things, but to actually put that knowledge into practice takes a different skillset. For example, before I started, I didn’t understand that well the technical side of how things work on the internet. Working at Documill means that every day I understand a little better how the algorithms work and what goes on behind the scenes.”
“I really like how working in B2B is different from B2C. Everything is very planned and targeted. It’s a more limiting environment. The content pieces that I create require me to study up on a lot of niche topics, which in turn make me understand better how companies operate,” he concludes.
Being part of a team
Huong and Prakhar started their marketing careers at Documill on the same day and have complemented each other excellently from day one. While each of them has their specialty, their communication and willingness to learn from each other means that both are learning and growing faster as professionals.
Prakhar nods and happily chimes in that “working together is really fun. We help each other all the time and we can share our ideas with each other and give our opinions. Huong and I complement each other really well; she understands the technical side better, while and I can help her with content creation and grammar.”
Huong just laughs and adds a “no comment,” as we catch her listening in on the discussion.
The importance of collaboration
Collaboration is a word that can often be found back in our material, but it is more than a buzzword or a selling point to us; it is one of the cornerstones of successfully doing business. It would be hypocritical and counterproductive to not focus on our own internal collaboration. We eat our own dogfood, after all.
This is exactly why we are delighted to have Prakhar, Huong, and everyone else highlighted in this “Welcome to Documill” series on board: because they have effectively and fluently become part of the team and expanded upon how we collaborate.