My letter I sent out to colleagues when I left Kobo last year including the photos of the memories that I made while working in Dublin and Darmstadt.
Today is my last day with Kobo. I remember my first week starting in the Dublin office and I could not believe I was handed a drink on a Friday evening and told I could play pool - alcohol in work is a foreign concept in most offices in Ireland. The photo of me beside a Kobo sign in the old Dublin office with a drink was back in 2015 and I had started as a contractor for a couple of months.
I am grateful to all the open-minded people that I have met. I have made many great memories working for Kobo between having games nights, beer o’clocks, getting deadlines done and ordering pizza, going for hikes in both Ireland and Germany and most importantly making friends while working together.
In 2017, I moved to Germany to help out a different department that was absorbed into Partner Operations. Different role, different country, different language, different culture, same active Ali :-D We managed to introduce some beer o’clock to form some more #teamworkmakesthedreamwork and Kobo mentality adopted from Canada and hikes were introduced as well as runs with good posters (I have to say that as I made that poster myself!). We even did our own Oktoberfest.
I am extremely grateful for the support Kobo has provided to me especially personally over the last number of years. I had several operations that impacted me in all aspects of my life and I am lucky to have worked with a company that provided such outstanding support for that area of my life. Unfortunately the time had to come to an end and I wish everyone the best of luck in the future.