I still remember the day I was interviewed by Martin Chan, president of Viogee, Inc.  At first I was not sure if the job fit me well- I wasn’t sure if I could perform well since English is not my first language. Now 3 months have passed by and it turns out that I not only could I handle the job, but more important, I made a lot of good friends as business partners in the working environment.

In looking back, here are three of the most important things I focused on with my time at Viogee:

First, more than any other job I have had in the past, this position allowed me to learn and practice management skills. I learned how to communicate with customers to close sales, an essential skill that all businesses depend on. Also, I learned how to interview and train. My job provided me with a lot of resources to learn and practice this skill. At the same time, I got the chance to manage my own team. I trained others to become professional and transferred all the knowledge and skills I gained to everyone else. All these skills are critical for me to become a good manager in the future.

Second, nothing is given but earned- people should fight for what they want. This was a merit based job, people don’t just sit in an office and wait for a pay check. If someone wants a big pay check, they earn it; if they want to practice interviewing, they earn it; if someone wants to learn new things, they take the initiative and go after it. The best thing about my experience was if I put the effort in, even if it wasn’t immediate, I would see some good results.

Lastly, there were many energetic and motivated coworkers. From my experiences, I did not just put in time with employees, but I met team members, business partners, and even life-time friends. All the people here were energetic and motivated, they are good at what they do and are willing to help others becoming successful. I could always learn new things from them. Outside of work, the best relationships can be made building off of the professional foundations. For the rest of my life I will remember going skydiving with Jordan, someone that trained me in the office when I started with Viogee!

Overall, I’m so happy to have had my first job with Viogee. It’s been a great journey and I’m thankful for all the skills and knowledge I gained.

written by Qi Liu. Qi is a former employee of Viogee and recently moved back to China after his work experience with us. We valued his tenacity, work ethic, and camaraderie.  Thanks for everything Qi!