Colleague in the Spotlight: Mareike Wysocki

While you can find our entire team on this website, we think those short biographies don’t do them justice. This month’s colleague in the spotlight: Mareike Wysocki!

What did you do before you joined Aexus?
‘Something completely different! I originally studied real estate management, but after two years felt I was ready for something new. I was hoping to go abroad. When I typed in ‘studying in Spain’ in Google, I found ascenso, a university offering international business management program. So off I went, to Mallorca, for two and a half years. The island was really nice, as were the courses. Really practical, also: I was working with real customers on real campaigns. And the classes were quite small – mine counted only 15 students – which made for a perfect learning environment.’

How did you find your way back to Germany?
‘I had to do an internship as part of my studies. My brother was living in Düsseldorf, which meant I could easily stay there. I found a place at a cool startup, MINTANO, offering software solutions for marketing. At the time, it was just the two founders and me, so I was responsible for many things. It allowed me to learn a lot in a short period of time. I was really passionate about the work, so when the internship ended, they agreed to hire me. I stayed on for another two years, before I decided it was time to switch again.’

Why did you choose Aexus?
‘Julia Weltmann reached out to me on Xing. Aexus had just opened an office at the Factory Campus in Düsseldorf, which meant I was working two floors above her. Two minutes after receiving the message, I went downstairs and had a cup of coffee with her. That first meeting was like talking to a friend. I obviously did not prepare anything, but because of my previous experience, I was familiar with the challenges of startups and scaleups. All in all, the job sounded like a very interesting challenge. So, after two follow-up meetings with management, I joined Aexus.’

What is it like to work at a Dutch company as a German person?
‘Although I loved working at MINTANO, I was not looking forward to moving to a grey and rigid German company. Because I lived in Arnhem for a couple months, I was already quite familiar with the Dutch. I find them to be very open minded and friendly, which helps to create a very nice company culture. At Aexus, I have never felt like an outsider. Sometimes my colleagues even forget I’m not Dutch. Starting at Aexus really felt like coming home.’

What does a typical day at Aexus look like?
‘That’s just the thing: I don’t really have a typical day, which is something I really like. I could be spending the day in front of my laptop, but there are also weeks in which I am constantly on the move. I am working with many different and innovative partners, and they all require something different from me. Not one day is the same.’

 And finally, what is the best thing about working at Aexus?
‘I always mention two things. First, there is a lot of trust: no-one is asking me where I am or what I am doing: people trust you to make the right decisions and to work when you are most productive. As a result, the work is really flexible. The second thing are my colleagues: there is not one person at the company of whom I think: you’re okay, but that’s it. On the contrary: I really like working with everyone.’