Maiven Interview Series: Ann Do
This week marks a new set of interviews we will be releasing. The subjects of these interviews are current employees and interns of Maiven.
My name is Carl Agers, and I am responsible for our blog posts and the marketing communications here at Maiven. I will be conducting these interviews in the coming weeks as well as this one.
This inaugural interview is with Ann Do, our Project Manager. Let's hear from Ann!
Carl (C): Thank you for taking the time to talk. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Ann (A): My name is Ann, but my family and my close friends call me Annie. I am currently a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies. My major is similar to a grad school program: you come up with a research topic that you are passionate about, then a thesis, and the classes you take help you write your research paper. In my case, the paper needs to be 40-page long and done in your last semester.
C: What is your thesis on?
A: My thesis covers the effects that social media has on people and our relationships while focusing on isolation and instant gratification. I’m mostly taking Psychology, Sociology, and Philosophy classes.
C: How long have you worked at Maiven?
A: I have been at Maiven for about three months.
C: What do you do at Maiven, and what is that experience like?
A: Initially, I applied for the Social Media Marketing position posted on Indeed. At the time, I was still experimenting with things because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Later, I found out that marketing is not really my cup of tea. Luckily, Kat, our CEO, was totally open to me switching to something else. It took me a while and a few conversations with Kat to figure out what I truly wanted to do, but I decided to pursue Project Management.
C: What do you like about Maiven?
A: There are a lot of things to like about Maiven, but my favorite is the people I work with. I think that an important thing you should look for in an internship is the mentorship and relationships you can gain from it. Kat has been a great mentor, and the whole team has been very respectful and talented as well. My work is always enjoyable when it comes to the team.
C: Since Maiven is developing a game, are you a gamer yourself?
A: I do play games, and I have moderate knowledge about gaming. It comes in handy when I have meetings with our game developers.
C: What is your favorite game?
A: I play League of Legends the most. It’s a great game with fascinating lores and beautiful visuals. It’s also fast-paced, so it’s great at taking your mind off things. I use LoL as inspiration sometimes when it comes to brainstorming for the Maiven game.
C: Because Maiven is a fintech app, do you care about finances? If so, when did you start?
A: I had to start taking care of my finances when I started community college. I was on my own, so I had to learn how to manage my own finances. It didn’t come to me as an interest per se, but I think financial management is a life skill that every young adult has to learn.
C: Did you or are you experiencing any financial difficulties in college?
A: Yes I am. In community college, I had a job and stayed at home so I wasn’t struggling financially. Now that I’m in Berkeley, the high rent is definitely a significant source of stress. Right now, I’m living off my savings that I saved up from when I was working before for rent and food. It’s an on-going financial difficulty, but I tell myself it’s for a better future.
C: What is something you know now, but wish you had before starting college?
A: I bought myself a Mini Cooper, and the maintenance fees drained my wallet. I wish I could go back in time and tell myself not to buy a nice car, and focus on the necessities instead.
C: Here is the last big question: what is a tip you could give to young adults preparing for their careers?
A: The biggest thing I learned is that it is very unfair to ask a young person to make up their mind of what they want to do for the rest of their life. In my case, it took me a while to choose what I wanted to do. Now my major doesn’t really match with what I want to do as a career, but that’s okay. It would be so awesome if everybody just knew what they wanted to do as soon as they turned 18 right? But that’s not the case for a lot of people including me.
I think your character is very important when you land a job, because that’s what will make you stand out. Having a good resume and going to a good school is great for opening doors for your future, but having a good personality is very important as well. If I can give our readers one piece of advice, I would say: Preparing for your career and future is important, but don’t forget to focus on being yourself and staying true to your values - those are the most important things.
A huge thank you to Ann for taking the time to share her heart with us. Check back next week for the next interview!