Cruising the fintech waves: my unforgettable journey with bunq in Istanbul

Embark on the thrilling tale of bunq's arrival to Istanbul with Zeynep's journey from First Line to Second Line Guide.

13 November 2023

Zeynep in Istanbul
Zeynep in Istanbul
Zeynep in Istanbul

January 2023 marked the beginning of a new chapter in my life, as I started my job at bunq, a company that was making waves in the fintech industry. I was hired as a First Line Guide, ready to embark on an exciting adventure. One month ago I found myself in the role of a Second Line Guide. Today, I want to take you back to that very first day, when I was filled with nervous excitement and surrounded by the warmest of colleagues.

As the first team to launch the Istanbul office, my colleagues and I felt like pioneers, venturing into the unknown to bring bunq’s innovative vision to a new corner of the world. I couldn’t help but feel the weight of responsibility on my shoulders. The anticipation of what may lay ahead, mixed with the thrill of being part of such a groundbreaking team, made for an unforgettable start to my journey at bunq.

On my first day, I arrived at the Istanbul office with a bundle of nerves, ready to embrace all the challenges and opportunities. However, my initial excitement was met with a minor hiccup – the first two MacBooks I received seemed to have some technical issues. While any other workplace might have made this a stressful situation, the atmosphere at bunq was different. What impressed me most was the kindness and camaraderie of my colleagues. Instead of panicking or making me feel like a burden, they came together to solve the problem swiftly. Without hesitation, they provided me with a third MacBook that worked flawlessly. This gesture illustrated the company’s commitment to ensuring a smooth onboarding experience, and fostering a sense of unity within the team. The rest of the day was a whirlwind of introductions, training, and absorbing information about bunq’s culture and values. It was fascinating to see how a relatively young company like bunq was able to blend innovation with a sense of togetherness, even as they rapidly expanded.

The First Line Guide role involved assisting bunq’s customers with their queries and providing solutions to their financial needs. It was my responsibility to ensure a seamless experience for our users, guiding them through the world of bunq’s products. With each conversation, I gained valuable insights into the world of fintech and the unique features that set bunq apart.

Fast-forward to the present day, and I’ve transitioned to the role of a Second Line Guide, with a deeper understanding of the product and its services. My journey has been a rapid one, and it’s all thanks to the supportive environment that bunq provides for its employees.

To sum it up, my first day at bunq was a rollercoaster of emotions, from nervousness to gratitude for the warm welcome from my colleagues. The company’s dedication to providing the best experience for both employees and customers has made my journey a truly unforgettable one. As I continue to grow, I am excited to be part of a team that is not just changing the fintech game, but also setting a standard for how a workplace should be - supportive, innovative, and a joy to be a part of.

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