2 years of Qrious confessions.

The Qrious team are super excited to celebrate Kat, Nooshin and Kori’s 2nd workaversary this month! We’d like to thank them for all their awesome hard work and contributions that make up our fantastic team. It's a great opportunity to ask them to confess their thoughts on the team and working at Qrious.

First up, is Kathryn Blight, Programme Director:

Can you tell us more about your role?

After having my daughter in January 2019, and as my maternity leave came to an end, I started looking for a new role. I was after one that would fit in with family life but would challenge me after a few months away. Along came Qrious (or Status as it was at the time) and everything fell into place. From my first interview I knew I wanted to join the team and be part of the Qrious success story. I joined in October 2019 as Programme Director and it’s been my best career decision to date.

I look after all aspects of client services and project & programme delivery. I get involved right from initial discussions with prospective clients, all the way through to managing client support plans post launch. I also have many responsibilities across operations and HR for the team. I love my job, and working with such a supportive, creative team and such a varied range of great clients.

What is Qrious life like?

We’re an eclectic mix of people, each with a different story, background and career journey. We all complement each other when it comes to solving problems and working collaboratively. Our different skills mean that when we come together, we’re super innovative at coming up with solutions or plans that work for us, and for our clients.

We’re all about teamwork and collaboration. Throughout the pandemic we’ve had daily 10-minute chats all together (we call them our 10@10s). In these chats we check in and go wherever the conversation takes us - and we've covered many random topics the longer we worked from home! We’re a relaxed but professional bunch with a genuine curiosity around all things customer experience and digital transformation.

Of course, I’m biased, but I love our team and the support they bring. I’m writing this from maternity leave with my son who joined us in July this year – he’s already met the team on a 10@10 and both of my little ones are firmly part of the Qrious family!

How would you spend a million pounds in 24 hours?

I’d put my ‘adult’ hat on and do some of the boring grown up stuff like pay off the mortgage and put money aside for our little ones and a rainy day. Then, I’d book the trip of a lifetime to Disneyworld in Florida – my husband is desperate to go, and more excited than the kids I think!

I’d give some to family, some to charity, maybe make some smart investments… Of course, I’d also do some shopping! Kids grow out of clothes faster than the speed of light so I’d do some forward planning. I’d get my husband a Panerai watch and would probably give myself a couple of hours in Selfridges, supermarket sweep style!

Then I’d love to set up some STEM scholarships with local universities. Getting more girls into STEM careers is close to my heart. I’m all about showing my daughter that she really can be whatever she wants to be (a doctor this week…probably spiderman next week!)

Say you were directing a fairy-tale play. Who in the Qrious team would you cast as the King/Queen, Wizard, Princess/Prince, Knight and Dragon?

I don’t profess to be a thesp in anyway…but I’ll give it a go!

The King or Queen – this would be a tossup between Dave and Anki! Dave was our King of all things social before the pandemic hit… then Anki joined us earlier this year and she’s taken the mantle to become our Social Queen. Together they’re an unstoppable force – the Christmas Party should be a good one this year!

The Wizard – I think this would be Andrew. He’s a magician when it comes to all things development!

The Princess – Would have to be Nooshin. She’s already got the princess hair (which I’ve marvelled over since the day we joined together 2 years ago!) plus she’s super smart and definitely wouldn’t need a prince to save her!

The Knight – I’d say Graeme. He’s my go-to fixer with any sort of IT or technical question, or as a sounding board when I’m working through something.

The Dragon – this is a tricky one…being a dragon has negative connotations, so I’ll look at it from a different angle. A Chinese Zodiac Dragon is ambitious and a great leader, they’re perfectionists with high standards. With that in mind, I’d choose our Head of Experience, Tony. He’s incredibly well versed in all things UX and is a perfectionist when delivering the highest quality outputs for clients and users. He’s building our UX capability and leading our team with such positivity, he’s a fantastic example of what a great leader should be!

Next, we’re asking Nooshin Taravati, Junior Web Developer to tell us about her life at Qrious:

How would you describe what you do to a 7-year-old?

What you see on the screen of your phone and computer, it is my job is to tell the device how and what to show on the screen. For example, write (code) to the computer that the rectangle is orange and a particular size, then when it is clicked on text will be inside of it.

What’s your favourite thing about working at Qrious?

What attracted me to the role and what I’ve liked since is that Qrious values being willing to learn and working toward making progress and innovation in its employees more than perfection all the time. This encourages me to be more curious and restless rather than feeling discouraged or disappointed.

Tell us one thing that people don’t know about you?

I don’t think others know that it is not only Harry Potter books and spells that I remember from when I was a teenager. I also remember some of the cheat codes from GTA San Andreas, as I was a very keen player! I made a lot of progress in the game, until my computer broke and I lost it all because it didn’t save!

If you had to be stranded on a desert island with a person in the Qrious team, who would you choose and why?

Hmm… I think I wouldn’t mind anybody in the team. But, if I had to choose, then I remember Graeme and Anki talking about camping and camping experiences, so they’d probably know some tricks about how to survive in the wild! On the other hand, I know I won’t get bored having long conversations with Kori which is a good thing when being stranded on a desert island!

Last, but certainly not least, is Kori Hanson, UI Designer:

What is it you do at Qrious?

I am a User Interface (UI) Designer at Qrious. This means that I collaborate with the User Experience (UX) designers to create the users' visual experience across an interface. I design the visual aspects of the screen’s users interact with, using patterns, typography, space, and colour. This includes adding interactivity and animation to the visual elements and ensuring the user has a positive and seamless experience across an interface. Since University, I have really enjoyed taking wireframes and bringing them to life with the visual elements and interactivity.

How would you describe the team at Qrious?

I would describe the team as a group of positive people who think differently and are always up for a challenge. Everyone is happy to get involved and help. There's always someone available if you need a hand or just to get ano ther’s opinion on something you are working on.

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?

I’d become an expert in random interesting facts. This is so that I could use them in our ‘Water Cooler Hangout’ when we ask each other for facts to spark up our daily conversations.

On a night out, who do you think in the team would be the happy drunk, the emotional drunk and the clown?

This is a such a tricky question because we’ve not been on a night out because of the pandemic!

The Happy Drunk - I’d have to say Anki, because she’s already very happy and chatty every day. So, I'd imagine alcohol would only make her even happier.

The Emotional Drunk - I’m not sure why with this one, but I think I’d pick Vikki. I just have a feeling this could be the case - I’m sure I’ll find out on the Christmas Party night out in December.

The Clown - I think Dave, because he’s always joking, and that’s without any alcohol in his system!

Thank you, ladies for spilling the beans and for all you do for us. Happy workaversary - cheers to others to come!