In her final blog, Noa identifies her top moments as a #KeenMarine, including but not limited to learning brand colours by heart, carrying raw mackerel around in her backpack, and gaining the nickname of ‘Albatross’.
Two months of working from home, copious Zoom coffees, and a virtual leaving do: (although lovely in its own way) I think it’s safe to say this is not how I imagined I’d be leaving Mindfully Wired. But after 16 months working closely with an amazing team and on a huge variety of interesting projects, it was never going to be easy to say goodbye – pandemic or not.
Before the crisis reached the UK, MWC was anything but ‘locked down’. We could be found doing everything from jumping onto Cornish boats and chatting with fishermen on the quayside to cooking up seafood dishes in the kitchen, enjoying the productive buzz of our Bristol HQ, or having endless fun at our quiz/board game/cocktail socials. (Even under lockdown we’ve been smashing the virtual quizzes – much to the dismay of our virtual rivals).
With so much going on – so many unforgettable memories made alongside such a supportive and inspiring team – I’d never be able to do justice to my time here in just one blog.
But here goes!
HIGHLIGHT #1 – THE SCHOOL OF FISH
Did you know that there really is no such thing as a fish?! As one of the rare #KeenMariners without some form of biology degree, I often found my mind fully-blown when the office chat turned to the inner workings of marine life.
In fact, from the moment I stepped through the porthole into this fishy world, I’ve been learning new skills and information every day – and that has continued right through to the end. Thanks to all the projects I’ve worked on and the help of our diversely-skilled team, I’ve not only felt my practical and creative skills become finer-tuned but also gained significant understanding of the fishing world and its relations to policy and environment.
I’ve also learnt about the intricacies of this unique industry from stakeholders themselves. Talking to fishermen directly and other members of the supply chain has shown me how fishing affects and is affected by climate, politics, and culture, and the huge role it has played in all of these even since I started my role.
As my first job, I feel pretty lucky to have learnt and developed alongside such an accomplished and knowledgeable group of people – both within and outside our team.