Q&A with Simon Dwyer

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What is your position in the YDC team?

I am an intern.

How would you describe your role?

I see my role here as a learning assistant. Learning to assist and assisting to learn, with the goal of developing my marketing skill set.

When did you start working at YDC?

On March the 22nd, which happened to be the birthday of our co-founder Dominique.

What part of your job do you enjoy most?

Learning to use new software, having the chance to help bring on new clients and stretching my creativity.

What part of your role do you find the most challenging?

Getting used to the various time and task management software that we use everyday ALL THE TIME.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the YDC team?

I like working in a small team where each individual knows one another on a personal level and have great working relationships.

What do you do when you’re stuck for inspiration?

Try get onto the mountain for a climb or, at the very least, go for a walk in nature. Nothing gets the create juices flowing like natural beauty.

What is your pre-work routine?

Wake-up…go back to sleep, then wake-up, kettle on, shower, and make coffee to drink while I pull myself towards myself.

If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why?

Wolverine for sure, I would be able to climb, slackline, and snowboard, all without worrying about getting injured or breaking bones.

What’s your favourite way to spend a weekend?

Taking a trip out the city to go camping with a group of friends, preferably in a place with hikes, waterfalls and good rock-climbing. I always feel calm and content when I am out of the hustle and bustle of city life.

What music do you like to listen to while working?

Oooo…that depends on what mood I am in, but usually ranges from 70s and 80s rock (The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Police, Roxette, etc.) to electronic based psy-trance. I like most music though, just not anything with the words “babe”, “dollar bills”, “booty”, or any other generic references to woman and money.

Introvert or extrovert?

It depends on where I am and who I’m with, but no matter what I always need alone time to recharge.

Cats or dogs?

Dogs for sure, I mean cats are awesome too but there is something special about knowing that after a long day at work there is unconditional love waiting for you at home.

Shoes or barefoot?

Barefoot!! I think its silly that people think they can improve on thousands of years of evolution, and as for the argument of hygiene…the western word doesn’t scrub their shoes or take them off before going inside, but at least I clean my feet every day.

What’s your favourite spot on Kloof Street?

It’s a tie between the laid-back vibe of Mixa’s Shwarmas, that I’ve been frequenting since I was a student, and the fairy-tale-like environment of Kloof Street House.

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