#ProudConnector Unveiled: Kim De Witte | Personal Assistant
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What is your role within YouConnect?
What did you do before you started at YouConnect?
I worked as a receptionist in a hotel in Ghent and before that I was a Management Assistant at a recruitment company.
What attracted you to your role at YouConnect?
The wide array of tasks and the ambitious team.
What motivates you from day to day?
I like to feel that my role in the company is important and that my contribution and support are appreciated.
What gives you energy?
Being able to help someone in any possible way. The idea that I was able to help or support someone, gives me a great deal of satisfaction.
What characteristic do you value most in your interlocutor?
The fact that someone shows a genuine interest in what you have to say. I think that is the key to a good conversation.
How do you bring efficiency to your workday?
I always end my day by listing the things I definitely need to do and prioritize the following day. When I start my day, I pull out that list and add to it if necessary. Then I go through my emails and other communication channels to see if any urgent matters have come up and then I get to work.
What is your favorite season and why?
The early autumn. I love those late summer days when the sun is shining, everyone is outside enjoying the last rays of sunshine and the trees still have their colorful autumn leaves.
What was your last online purchase?
A soup maker. I hesitated for a long time before I bought one because it seemed like an unnecessary purchase. You can easily make your own soup in the pot with a blender. However, I have to admit that now that I have one, it really is an asset in my kitchen. If I have some leftover vegetables, I throw them in the soup maker and 20 minutes later I have fresh soup.
What would you like to spend more time on?
I started learning to play the piano 4 years ago. I took one year of evening classes and although I really enjoy playing and I am so proud when I play a score smoothly, I don’t spend enough time at it now.
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
I usually go for straciatella or vanilla with a topping of M&Ms.
What annoys you easily?
Rude people. I'm always upset when people are rude for no apparent reason. Even if you're having a bad day, being polite is a small effort.
Do you like music? If so, what is your all-time favorite?
Yes, definitely! There is not one particular genre that stands out. If you scroll through my playlist on Spotify, you will come across a very diverse collection. From classical to hip hop, from Dutch folksongs to pop. An all-time favorite is a tough question but one album that has remained in my top 3 for years is Anderson Paak's album Malibu. It's a groovy, funky hip hop album that always makes me happy.
What was your last vacation destination?
Immerath. A very small village in the Vulkaneifel region of Germany. I had never spent a vacation in Germany before and I must confess it was a pleasant surprise. It is easy to reach by car and it’s an ideal destination for hiking, good food and quiet reading.
What 3 words best describe you?
Curious, empathetic and positive. I am very concerned with how the people around me feel and if they are happy, I am usually happy myself.
What is your most favorite part of the day?
Although I don't always get out of bed easily, I can really enjoy the mornings. Walking through the centre of Ghent early in the morning is blissful, especially during the weekends when few other people are awake. A long and extensive breakfast is also on my list of favorite activities.
Are you a nature or city person?
Both. I live in the city now and I can definitely acknowledge the advantages of that. Everything is close by, you can easily get around by bike and there is always something to do. But I can also intensely enjoy the outdoors. My fondest memory is a one-month trip through New Zealand. We had a car in which we also slept so we spent most of our time outside. I would do it again immediately.
What is your favorite city and why?
Marrakech in Morocco. It's only a four-hour flight from Belgium and you end up in a completely different culture. It is a very busy city, something that I normally don’t enjoy, but in Marrakech it’s such a huge part of the charm. Wandering through the souks and then eating or drinking something in a small Moroccan restaurant on the roof terrace, it’s heaven for me. The architecture, the colors and the aromas are fantastic too.
What book do you think everyone should read?
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. A classic novel but with a very temporary message. And on top of that, it's also a beautifully written and humorous story.