Meet Melissa, she’s the Content Lead at Funzi, otherwise known as the heavy-squatting CrossFit machine with a whole lot of love to share. Get to know the world of content management at Funzi a little better through our interview with her. And should you discover that this is the perfect job for you, click here to apply. (Our lovely Melissa is heading onward to her next adventure so we’re looking for a new content superstar to join us!)
What do you do at Funzi?
“I help partners and clients Funzify their content into bite-sized mobile courses and apply mobile pedagogy to make the courses engaging and beneficial for Funzi learners. We design all our courses in a way that optimizes the learning experience and has a positive impact on the lives of learners. This makes them not only fun to use, but enables understanding and long-lasting learning retention!”
This is the main and most important aspects of the Content Lead’s role: taking valuable content and turning it into impactful learning experiences that our users love!
“There are also lots of other responsibilities that come along with the role of Content Lead at Funzi like brainstorming ways to make the course production process more effective and leading teams that include a local content specialist, an imagery specialist, and a subject matter expert. And sometimes for fun, I help organize team days for Funzi!”
What’s the hardest thing about your job?
“The hardest part about my job is knowing that there’s so much valuable information out there, but I can’t give learners access to it right away. Even though I would like Funzi to become a fully working library in the near future where everyone in the world can find what they’re looking for, and customize their own learning path, I am not an expert in every topic.”
“I cannot create all these courses alone.”
What matters most to us at Funzi is the quality of the content we offer to our learners. Accurate, practical, and engaging content. That means we won’t publish any course without a subject matter expert.
“For example, when our learners recently requested a course on music, all I wanted to do was create one for them, but I’m not an expert on the subject. I would need the help of a professional in the field because I want the right content and not just any content.”
What kind of skills have you learned at Funzi and in your position that you think will be helpful for you in your day-to-day life?
“Through the content we receive from partners and clients, I get to learn new things about various topics every day. The intent of most of our projects is to do good in the world in a unique way: whether it’s teaching learners about the SDGs, health and wellness, how to start a business, or how to get a job. All the courses on Funzi add value to the lives of learners, and therefore, to my life as well since I work with the content daily.
“I’ve learned a lot of really cool things about the world we live in that I might not have otherwise known or sought out!”
Like 21st century skills. In the past, I’ve worked mostly with small companies and startups, but until now I have never really connected the skills I had been using in these environments with 21st century skills. For example, I tend to have a lot of tasks at work that requires a growth mindset, flexibility, empathy, and cultural awareness. And these are skills that are not always taught in a traditional classroom. Applying mobile pedagogy that fosters the growth of 21st century skills to our courses has driven my self-development and improved my work by leaps and bounds.
I am certain that understanding and developing these skills further will continue to help me in the future (whatever the future may bring) in not only my professional life, but also in my personal life as well.”
What do you love most about working at Funzi? Any highlights?
“The highlight of working at funzi is all the people I work with. My colleagues, coming to the office every day and being greeted with a smile, a funny story, getting into mischief, being so loud in our passionate processes that everyone around us is like, “wow, what is wrong with these people?” it’s really really great! It really makes you want to come here every day and spend time with the people you work with because they’re all just so positive and inspiring. And not just our awesome team, but also the people at our coworking space Innovation House Finland, our clients, partners, and of course the learners! Seeing the positive feedback coming our way every day is super inspiring and energizing!
At IHF specifically, the thing that inspires me most is how eager everyone is to help one another. If I go downstairs to grab a cup of coffee and there’s something I can’t wrap my head around, there’s almost always someone at the coffee machine who can help me make sense of it. And extending that to our clients and partners as well: their vision, drive and the fact that we can all come together from different parts of the world with the help of digital tools to ponder how we can make the world a better place for everyone inspires me.”
Like we mentioned above and as you might have noticed on our social media, we’re looking for a new Content Lead at Funzi. This is because Melissa is heading to coding school! At Funzi, we don’t just preach life-long learning, we live it! And we cannot be any more excited for her. Perhaps one day you might even find a ‘Coding 101’ course here on Funzi?
Does it sound like a job you would be passionate about?
Does it seem like a work environment you would thrive in?
Are you our next Content Lead?
Click here to apply.