Andreas Koch supports tutor recruitment for Nimbus partners and is responsible for ensuring that Nimbus is a fully bilingual service, translating our apps, websites, and any partnership support material.
Having graduated with an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in political science, Arabic and history, Andreas previously tutored through the Nimbus platform, allowing him to apply his knowledge of the ins and outs of a successful tutoring session to the next generation of tutors.
Andreas guest-writes this week’s blog post about his experiences working for Nimbus and the lessons he’s learned in his first several months on the team and how collaboration is crucial to a widely successful tutoring program.
My name is Andreas and I graduated from McGill University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, History and Arabic. As an international student from Switzerland and Greece, I hoped to keep working in Montreal after my studies, so I was thrilled to find a position at Nimbus several months after graduation.
Since I began working at Nimbus in November 2020, I’ve had the opportunity to practice a range of different skills. I was originally hired as a part-time translator and English-French translation remains an important part of my work, especially since Nimbus has been steadily developing its relationships with French-speaking universities, CEGEPs and high-schools. Translation can be an interesting and stimulating challenge at a tech start-up like Nimbus, where I translate everything ranging from partner contracts to the code of the app itself.
”Translation can be an interesting and stimulating challenge at a tech start-up like Nimbus, where I translate everything ranging from partner contracts to the code of the app itself.Andreas KochPartnership Success Team
Since January 2021 I’ve also been working as a Partnership Associate, gaining valuable experience in recruiting and interviewing candidates for the tutoring programs of several partner universities, both in Quebec and anglophone Canada. Since it required me to keep track of regular meetings and interviews, my position also encouraged me to become a lot more organized than I had been previously, and to fully integrate online scheduling into my day-to-day routine.
As a Partnership Associate, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and collaborating with the student unions of the North Alberta Institute of Technology, the École de Technologie Supérieure in Montreal, and Université Laval in Quebec City. All three of these schools are very different from each other in terms of academic focus, location and institutional culture, which makes the job that much more interesting. In my experience, the best tutoring programs grow from a collaborative process between Nimbus and its partner student unions, who are best placed to promote the program to their student constituents.
Our partners have also proven to be valuable participants in the development and improvement of the app itself, by providing crucial feedback and suggestions to the Partner Success Team!
”In my experience, the best tutoring programs grow from a collaborative process between Nimbus and its partner student unions, who are best placed to promote the program to their student constituents.Andreas KochPartnership Success Team
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