We have another part of the world represented in this month's edition of Meet the Team. From the land of braai, Kruger National Park and Elon Musk, meet our Financial Administrative Assistant, Cherise Greenhalgh!
Where are you from?
Johannesburg, South Africa.
When did you first join Yieldr?
1st of August 2017.
What do you work on at Yieldr?
Administration and Finance.
What's your biggest professional accomplishment at Yieldr?
Tackling Scrum head-on and becoming a Certified Scrum Master.
What's your biggest personal accomplishment?
Traveling the world. The dream to leave South Africa was never something I had imagined I could do on my own. Now, reflecting back on the young girl who didn’t think she could do it - I hope she knows that I am super proud of her!
What do you love most about working at Yieldr?
Our interesting colleagues! All of us are so different. It is awesome learning about all the corners of the world and what makes each of us so unique.
What's your life philosophy?
Pick your battles! Honestly - why worry or focus energy on things in life that aren’t important? You only have so much control.
What's your favorite Yieldr value and why?
I was asked this in my interview before joining the Yieldr Family, and I must admit that my answer is still the same.
"Life is an Echo". I honestly feel that learning from our mistakes, from one another and the path that life takes us on, can only make us better people.
What's the most interesting (or unusual) job you've had?
Being a live-in carer in England. Witnessing what could happen to any one of our lives... How an unforeseen circumstance, illness or accident can change someone’s life completely. It makes you appreciate life - and the small things that used to go unnoticed.
What keeps you busy outside of work?
Traveling and experiencing all things new! I enjoy family time and getting together with friends, as well as curling up on the couch with a good book or movie.
What's your favorite plane-related film?
Definitely the mystery thriller Red Eye. For those who haven’t seen it, you have no idea what you’ve missed out on!
Window seat or aisle seat?
Aisle for long-distance trips. Window for shorter ones and to destinations I haven’t been to yet! (Yes, a lot of thought has gone into this travel principle)
Most memorable travel moment
Whilst traveling from London to the Netherlands for the first time to meet up with this guy I’d met while touring Ireland, I didn’t listen to Easyjet’s very clear hand luggage rule of ONE piece only. I was told at the boarding gate that I would need to combine my two bags into one (a rather sizeable handbag & cabin luggage) and let’s just say that I am not the lightest packer.
In complete distress, I was rescued by four amazing Zimbabwean guys, who took pity on a fellow African. In a combined effort, they all ended up helping me with repacking and finally sitting on my suitcase to zip it up!
They then heard what my travel plans were - to meet up with this potentially dodgy Dutch guy that I hardly knew - and made sure I took all of their numbers in case something happened (as a young South African girl traveling alone, who knows...) I couldn’t believe how kind and caring strangers could be. That is Africa for you!
Needless to say, this Dutch guy is now my fiancé, and after 13 return flights from London, I now love calling the Netherlands home.