In this article, we introduce Quality Assurance Lead Jessica Thellman. She is part of the Inpsyde family since September 2019 and an enthusiastic Japan fan. Jessica is one of many Inpsyde experts from all over the world.
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This is Jessica Thellman
Jessica is 29 years old and lives in Munich, Germany.
Munich is my hometown. I was born here and also studied at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University. I like living in Munich and I love Bavaria. It’s great that from here it is not far to the mountains because I like hiking. Nothing spectacular, just a little exercise. And I simply enjoy the great view and the nature. I am also often at Lake Starnberg or Lake Ammer.
My family is from Poland. My grandparents still live there. I also speak Polish but I grew up in Germany. In my childhood, I spent a lot of my holidays with my grandparents near Katowice. Today, unfortunately, I often don’t find the time for this anymore.
How can you be described?
I am an extroverted, Japanophile hobby singer and video gamer with a distinctive blonde mane of curly hair who also loves shopping! In my youth, I was confronted with many external doubts. But that only made me follow my dreams even more. I have always followed my way and never gave up!
I developed a passion for Japan during my childhood. It all started with anime series, especially Sailor Moon which was my favorite. Later, I started to play Japanese role-playing games and early on I came across really good Japanese games that weren’t published in German or English. In order to understand what the games were about, I learned Japanese. I partly taught myself with books and also took a course at the LMU later.
In 2015, I was in Japan for a few weeks. I was particularly surprised by how much punctuality is valued there. As an example: A train driver apologized per announcement for a delay of 90 seconds. That wouldn’t be worth mentioning in Germany! It’s simply a completely different culture. Politeness is also very important in Japan. This is especially noticeable in communication. I have noticed that Europeans are often more direct and open, while many Japanese are more reserved and less direct in their conversations. That is why Europeans can do a lot wrong here.
Unlike before, I wouldn’t want to live in Japan anymore. It can be very cramped in the cities, because of the mass of people there is always a lot going on and it can take a long time to get from one place to another. Nevertheless, this was certainly not my last visit to Japan!
How do you spend your spare time?
With my family! When I have time for myself, I like listening to music (K-Pop since 2009 and various anime openings and endings), watching anime series and playing video games, mainly western RPG and J-RPG. I like games with a well-rounded story and a good ending. In general, fantasy settings have enchanted me from the beginning, that’s why I love Final Fantasy. Because of work and my kid, I don’t have much time to play at the moment. But that’s o.k. for me because I enjoy the time with my child and wouldn’t want to miss it.
I also like to sing and – after a break – I will join the German-Japanese women’s choir again. It’s mainly about cultural exchange. We explain the words and meanings of the German and Japanese lyrics to each other. Sometimes, this is not so easy because Japanese songs are mostly very poetic. We also often sing songs that have to do with holidays. So, it’s about understanding and explaining the context. For example: Why do mandarins appear in a Christmas song? This makes you more attentive to things you otherwise wouldn’t notice.
What is important to you?
Positive communication, honesty and a lively exchange of knowledge. And very important: the environment! I am gradually switching to environment-friendly products and trying to live without plastic to a large extent. I also take care not to eat so much meat and to buy mainly regional products. But I am concentrating on myself. I think it’s important to talk about this topic and inform people but it has to be up to oneself what to make of it.
I studied North American Studies at the LMU because I was interested in English and I also had the opportunity to study Japanese as a minor subject in this way. The time I spent studying was very positive for me. In school, I had a hard time with some subjects. But in the Japanese course at university I always had the best grade. This showed me that I can be really good at what I am interested in.
After graduating, I worked as a QA tester in a game company for seven years. That was a great time for me. I met a lot of crazy people who shared my hobbies and interests with me. I am happy to have had the opportunity to gain experience in this industry and to see every day how a game is created piece by piece. Unfortunately, the reputation of testers in the gaming industry is still relatively bad.
Jessica‘s Way to Inpsyde
What particularly attracted me to Inpsyde was that, as the new QA, I would be the first to build up the tester’s role and processes at Inpsyde. I can learn so many new things here! And of course, it is great to work in my home office. As a mother, you have to deal wisely with your time! My quality of life increased immediately.
The working atmosphere at Inpsyde is very open, I like that very much. Before I started, I had the opportunity to get to know my new colleagues spontaneously at the team meeting in Berlin. I quickly made new friends. It was really great how I was introduced and involved from the beginning. The team is very open. I immediately had a good feeling and knew that I wouldn’t have to be inhibited or careful with what I say.
For me, remote work is a great benefit in all respects, because it saves me the trip to work and makes my life even more environmental-friendly. In addition, I generally save time and am less stressed. I like to spend my break at home. In this way, you don’t have to be considerate of anyone who might occupy your favorite place or the kitchen. And I can relax in a way that I like. I also have more freedom in what I do and can, for example, train myself more purposefully and on my own responsibility.
Questions to Inpsyder Jessica
We asked Jessica a few personal questions to give you the chance to get to know her better:
Who was your hero as a child?
Who is your favorite cartoon character?
At the moment Captain Marvel.
What makes you really angry?
Processes and procedures in public authorities.
What was the last book you read?
Novel: The Witcher – The last wish (Polish).
Specialist book: The Leadership Gap.
What should be written on your gravestone?
That I love my WHOLE family above all else, especially my son, my husband and my parents!
Do you have a favorite karaoke song?
“Feel Invincible” from Dragonball Z and many more anime songs.
Describe your ideal weekend.
Sleep late in the morning, then get a proper brunch!
Plan a trip, experience something, enough time for a video game in the evening. And a creative break for everyone and time to relax on Sunday.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
Singer, meteorologist, working for the radio, voice actor – I still want to be the latter.
Which character trait in other people annoys you the most?
People who need bullying to make themselves feel better.
What do you like most about your city?
The diversity, the quality of life and the beer.
If you could travel through time, which time would you visit first?
About 2-3 years back, when there was the biggest lottery win (Eurojackpot), fill out a ticket, then send myself a letter saying that I myself made sure from the future that I am rich now!
About what would your friends say “that’s typical you”?
Clumsy! I often put my foot in it, also in small talk.
What is the best meal you can cook on your own?
Penne with lemon cream. It tastes FABULOUS.
If someone gave you an envelope with the date of your death, would you open it?
I would only open the letter so far that I could see day and month, but not the year. So, I would only be stressed one day of the year about whether it will happen. And there would always be dinner with my family the day before.
What would be the slogan of your life?
“Never give up! Always get up!”
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