How did Davi de Vor experience his first half year at Hammer?

At the start of 2022, Davi de Vor started as Junior Market Analyst (working student) at Hammer – Market Intelligence. In this role, Davi can combine completing his master's degree with gaining relevant practical work experience. Davi reflects on his first half year at Hammer.

Could you quickly introduce yourself?

Hi, my name is Davi de Vor (22) and while having completed a bachelor's degree in Public Administration I am now in my second year of the master’s degree Philosophy of the Business Sciences. My master’s degree is focused on developing various (philosophical) tools with the main aim of critically reflecting on the knowledge and skills I acquired during my bachelor. To illustrate, during my bachelor I got trained within a paradigm of ‘doing science’ without thoroughgoing reflection on the used methods, now I question the why and whereto of these methods, discuss various advantages and disadvantages of numerous ways to do science, and so on. Next to developing these skills I get to study a wide range of topics, varying from logic to ethics, from the problem of consciousness to the question of being. While not all these topics may be as ‘practical’ or ‘relevant’ as was the case while studying Public Administration, I genuinely enjoy thinking about these matters while it sharpens the mind.  

What kinds of activities energize you?

Reading philosophy doesn’t stop with the required literature, to read outdoors is one of my favorite activities. In a way, while reading philosophy you are engaged with this line of thought which never fails to illuminate some aspect of the world and reality. Following the author’s line of thought and trying to untangle the ideas and concepts are challenging and satisfying at the same time. The downside is that after every few pages I have to stop and think about what I read in order to establish whether I understood it, if I agree or see fault in it, or just to be amazed with it for a moment. Furthermore, I go to the gym a few times a week to keep getting bigger and stronger and I enjoy walks in nature as well. A less healthy activity of mine is tasting different whisky’s every once in a while. My favorite is the Lagavulin 16 years.  

Why did you choose to work at Hammer?

I chose to work at Hammer to get relevant work experience and develop my skills in a professional setting. Before I knew what Hammer was, I had been wanting for a while to use and sharpen my skills in a challenging setting while getting relevant work experience. By coincidence I met Mark and Hammer was exactly what I had been looking for. Other factors are the great colleagues and the variety of projects I get to work on.

How did you experience the first months?

During the first few months at Hammer I got to know my colleagues and the Hammer methods for tackling projects. I felt the work to be satisfactory because of its challenging nature. At the start of a project it is all about defining and setting up a path for research. It is a good feeling to see the work progress and culminate in a professional advice. What I had to work on during the first months was to let go of my feeling that I have to be prepared for everything. For example, before deciding the relevancy of something for a project I want to have read most material there is to make a well-determined decision. But this costs a lot of time of which there isn’t much. I got to improve on this shortcoming of mine by working at Hammer and now I make these kinds of decisions a lot quicker. Furthermore, I don’t feel the need to be maximally prepared for everything and I can judge better what level of preparedness is appropriate.

What projects are you currently working on?

Currently I have finished working on a project where we mapped the Dutch connectivity market and researched the optimal strategy for a Dutch company that installs connectivity equipment. Not only was this project a good challenge, but I also learned a great deal about different kinds of connectivity and current and future trends within this domain. Now I will start working on a project to map the European ingredients market. Not only can I improve my skills, but also I learn all kinds of things because the projects are so varied.

To conclude, a non-work related question to get to know Davi a little better. What do you miss most about being a kid?

What I miss the most about being a kid was that the future didn’t yet exist. As a kid you live on a day-to-day basis and are always bound to the moment. I did not have to worry about things like the housing problem, student debt and taxes. There was only school till about 3 o’clock and the outdoors adventures after that. I did not have a phone at that time, it was just me and my friends. The only times that the future existed as a kid was when my birthday was coming up or I knew that I would go to an amusement park. These days I try to bring back this perception I had while being a kid.

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