Crystal has welcomed the second batch of volunteers who will stay in the company for the next 6 weeks as part of our #GlobalCrystal project. Through a partnership with AIESEC, the world’s largest leadership development organisation, we will bring volunteers from 60 countries to our headquarters during the next two years.
Jazmin Cortijo from Peru, Madina Atabaeva from Kirghizstan, Muhammad Bilawal from Bahrein, Sally Ahmed from Egypt and Shaheer Shikrani from Australia are working on a comprehensive market research plan to collect insights from their home countries and collaborate with Crystal to expand its international reach. The team’s multicultural background will also help us solve problems and meet customer needs in new and exciting ways.
According to our Export Sales manager Metehan Kart, a team with a varied and diverse background will inevitably have a broader range of experience and ideas to draw upon. “Whether it is creative input for product features, marketing campaigns or how to tackle a business problem, an international team member can offer a fresh perspective that we may never have thought of”.
Shaheer was born in South Africa to Pakistani parents and has lived in Melbourne, Australia for where he’s a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate. “Meeting and working with people coming from different countries is an incredible opportunity. I have found it extremely interesting to learn how things work in other cultures – the similarities and some of the striking differences. Knowing other cultures well allows us to connect with people more strongly, allowing for better communication. This is important for not only doing better business, but also forming better, long-lasting relationships”, he adds.
“Working with people from other backgrounds exposes you to different working styles, encouraging you to develop stronger communication skills and confidence as you progress your career.It also helps you to step outside your comfort zone, which opens up opportunities to develop new skills and have new experiences”, says Jazmin.