Olga Koenig

Community Manager & Consultant

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My Story

Olga Koenig

Community Manager & Consultant

Experience: 3 years

Colour: Depends on my mood ๐Ÿ™‚

Book: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Pets: Unfortunately none. But I will try to change this situation soon

Community is People and building meaningful connections between them

How did you start into community management? What was your career path across the years?

After studying aircrafts and law, and working in various administrative roles, I enrolled in a frontend bootcamp to become a developer. However, I soon realized that while I enjoyed the technical aspects of the job, what I really missed was the human connection and interaction. While searching for a new role, I came across a job posting for a Junior Community Manager position at Codility. Although I was unsure of what the job entailed, I applied and was offered the position. It turned out to be the best decision of my career. My first two years at Codility were filled with learning opportunities, and my manager gave me the space to make mistakes and grow as a professional. I took advantage of this and enrolled in various courses, attended meetings with other community managers, and gradually built up my knowledge and skills in the industry. I have developed a passion for my work, and can’t imagine doing anything else. And now I am proud to make a meaningful contribution to the tech communities and share my knowledge with others.

My journey in community management is one of growth, learning, and discovery, and I am grateful for the opportunities that have come my way.

What have been the main challenges of your career?

Lack of strong technical background and experience.

What has helped you develop yourself as a community professional?

Continuous learning – “stay hungry, stay foolish” – my life motto. The tech industry is constantly evolving, and it’s important for community professionals to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and best practices. Networking: – Building strong relationships with other community professionals is a great way to learn from others and expand your knowledge. My first manager who really believed in me

What's your favourite community platform?

I really like Slack

What is โ€œcommunityโ€ for you?

People and building meaningful connections between them

What's one single strategy that you may suggest to increase value for the people in your community?

Community Onboarding Buddy Program ๐Ÿ™‚ – Read one of my articles HERE

What would you recommend to those just starting into community management?

Be always curious and humble to learn from others – no matter how many years of experience you already have

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