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Starter for 10 - Viney Kumar

Meet our new Marketing Assistant, Viney, who discusses the challenges and opportunities of joining a company virtually.

  1. If you could have the power of teleportation right now, where would you go and why?
    The moon. To try capture a better view of our solar system and different galaxies. Who knows, I may unravel the mystery behind black holes and get myself travelling through time.
  2. If you were to arrange an online dinner party who would you add to your guest list? (This could include people you know or people you don’t know).
    Hannibal – Some would say he’s crazy nevertheless one of the best military tactician in history. Elliot Aronson – Social Psychologist who focused on structured reasons for prejudice and aggression when beliefs are countered. J Cole – His wordplay is unparalleled. Elon Musk – One of the biggest innovator in modern times. Virat Kohli – Cricketer and an aggressive leader who is very expressive which uplifts his team.
  3. What is your favourite self-care routine you do when you need a pick me up?
    A good 8 mile walk with some music – best way to disconnect from the world. Reading books, some noteworthy books which I have read are: Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, Influence by Robert Cialdini, The Good Immigrant by Nikish Shukla, Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawkings, Thinking, fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman and The Upanishads.
  4. What is your most memorable moment at Parliament Hill so far?
    My first day. I had the opportunity to meet everyone at Parliament Hill socially, at Flight Club. I was quite nervous because I didn’t know anyone and everyone very quickly established that darts is not my strongest suit. However, I have got to know a super friendly team. Parliament Hill has taught me that less is more. When the fundamentals of an organisation are based around adding value to people’s lives, those values truly speak for themselves. “If speech is silver, then silence is gold.“
  5. Who or what has an inspired you over the past year?
    The sun. It always rises no matter what, shares its heat and shines its reflected light during dark times – try be like the sun.
  6. What is your top TV watch recommendation?
    Historical content on YouTube, a David Attenborough documentary, BBC documentaries on crime related topics or cultures within Britain, Inspirational Biopics, Peaky Blinders, Lucifer, You and Top Boy. I feel like I spend a considerable amount of time on TikTok too.
  7. If you could be an animal, which animal would it be and why?
    A wolf. You may find a lion or a tiger in a circus but you will never find a wolf. Wolves are not the most powerful creatures but they stay true to themselves and are difficult to tame. When they want something, they stay consistent, maintain a “never give up,” attitude and are loyal to their pack. I think they showcase rebelliousness positively.
  8. How does it feel to start a new job via Zoom?
    We already know how challenging it can be to give/gain training virtually but my line manager has implemented innovative techniques to support my learning. Initially, I found it difficult to navigate around our systems, grasping numerous brand partners and adding content. The idea of screen recording totally changed the game which acts as a visual guideline – a great use of technology and human touch was displayed for training purposes. Which goes to show that negatives can be converted into positives when you have right people in the right place.
  9. What fictional family would you be a member of?
    I would like to be Mowgli from Jungle Book and be surrounded by a pack of wolves as my family.
  10. If you could pick a new skill in an instant, what would it be?
    Sword fighting (fencing), play a violin and learn to speak Spanish.
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