Emil (they/them) is a member of Sparrow’s Customer Operations team. Let’s get to know Emil!
How did you get to where you are?
I started my career as a technical writer and a marketing manager. About 6 years later, I segued into pre-release product management for a few years and landed at Sparrow shortly after. I had a handful of odd jobs along the way, too: selling clothes, bar security, rideshare driver, art installer, and post-production for a comedy website.
What is a fun fact about you?
I was born in an airport. Sometimes I like to omit the detail that the airport has a hospital attached to it, but my birth certificate just says the airport’s name on it.
Why did you join Sparrow?
I enjoy the opportunity to apply my experience in a new context and learn everything there is to know about very specific topics, such as leave management and state and federal regulations surrounding leaves. Instead of making sure we hit targets to launch a new product, as I did when working as a product manager, we’re ensuring everything is in place for someone to go on leave free of worries. There’s a bit of magic in being around excited families and helping people navigate bureaucracy too.
What do you know now about working at Sparrow that you wish you knew on your first day?
Some leaves can be emotionally taxing when they involve difficult situations, so there’s a bit of resiliency I didn’t initially realize I needed. Handling a bereavement leave can really make correspondence seem futile or insufficient given what the recipient is going through, but fortunately, we have the support of a wonderful team to talk through these situations.
What are you doing this weekend?
Fencing. I’m usually driving a few hours to tournaments for a weekend or two each month. I really enjoy fencing as a means to stay active, and it has helped me develop a healthy relationship with being competitive and handle personal wins and losses. Since I usually have busy weekends, I also really love times I get to stay in and commit to doing nothing.
Have you picked up any hobbies since COVID started?
I spent a lot of time cooking - recreating food and cocktails I missed during quarantine, improving family recipes, and getting really good at making every part of a pizza from scratch. My best friend got into Warhammer and gave me some models for my birthday too. I’ve found a lot of enjoyment in imagining the little lives of space monsters and painting them to look like they’ve actually lived them. I haven’t actually played a game at this point, but the artistic outlet is plenty fun.
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