Being smart is good, being a team player is better – Azamat Erikov

by Anna Friedrich on April 5, 2017

Azamat holds the position of Lead Data Enrichment at Kreditech. The Kyrgyzstan born national joined the company as an Intern in September 2013. Azamat is a polyglot, speaking Kyrgyz, Russian, English, Turkish, Bulgarian and German. He has a deep love for books. His favorite is the Count of Monte Cristo by the French author Alexandre Dumas. “It perfectly illustrates when giving up is not an option and difficulties in life makes a person stronger”.

Azamat

What is a typical day like for you at Kreditech?

There is a lot of variation. One day I might be investigating a critical bug with the engineering team. Then the next day I am with the business intelligence team working on data sources budget planning.

Do you have a preferred time in the working day?

My working day usually starts around 8am. Early mornings are very quiet and it is the best time for some productive work.

What does it take to be successful at Kreditech?

Focusing on the right things, being proactive, generating ideas and being able to sell them to people who make decisions.

How do you describe your work to your family or friends?

I get to know our customers better, so the company can better serve them.

Do you have any tips for applicants?

Do your research and don’t hesitate to ask questions.

What has working at Kreditech taught you?

Being smart is good but being able to work with people around you is even better.

How do you balance your career and family?

I recently got married, so I still need to learn how to do this. However, I believe that finding the balance between career and family is not easy. But flexible working hours at Kreditech is a lot of help.

What advice would you give your 13 year old self?

Spend more time with family and loved ones.

What do you miss most about your home city?

I miss traditional Kyrgyz food. A lamb steak would make my day.

Is there an aspect of German life that was hard to adapt to?

German bureaucracy was the most difficult thing to get used to. However, after living here for a while I realize that it helps to keep things in Ordnung – 

the german word for order and discipline.