Coffee Break with... Melanie Waraschitz, Consultant Investment & Letting – Austria & CEE
Coffee Break with… is a Christie & Co series showcasing the brilliance, expertise, and diversity of our network of over 200 employees.
When did you join Christie & Co?
Since October 2019
Where were you when you accepted your role at Christie & Co?
At my internship.
What was your first job?
I started helping in the gastronomy quite early, and still enjoy doing that from time to time.
In a couple of sentences, can you tell us a bit about your job at Christie & Co?
I mainly work in the transaction team, where I support owners in their search for new investors or tenants. At the same time, I also took over the marketing agendas for Austria a few months ago, which makes my working day very varied.
What’s your favourite thing about Christie & Co?
The young team and the flat hierarchies - I felt very comfortable and well received right from the start. The daily routine is very varied and can sometimes be stressful, but we always have a lot of fun.
If you had to pick a favourite project that you’ve worked on at Christie & Co so far, what would it be?
Actually, every project that we complete successfully is a highlight in itself. But the most exciting was definitely the small operator search in Vienna during Corona. I was allowed to look for (and find) a tenant for the hotel project of a very well-known Viennese developer, and had many exciting and entertaining meetings along the way.
What’s been the biggest challenge of your career so far?
That must have been the 2020 Covid crisis. In university, we were still being taught "Tourism is the safest place to work - people will always travel" - and suddenly the world stood still. Those were (or are) very crazy times.
How has the industry changed since you started at Christie & Co?
3 months after I started, the biggest health crisis of our time began - that turned some things upside down, I would say.
Tell us a bit about your life outside work – what are your hobbies?
I love going to concerts, and I often combine that with travelling. Other than the usual things: good books, good food, good wine, and sometimes even sport.
What’s your hometown? Where do you live now?
I grew up in the beautiful Marchfeld area/Lower Austria, and now live in (almost) even more beautiful Vienna.
Where’s the best place you’ve been on holiday?
From an emotional point of view, that was definitely my first solo trip, going to Barcelona at the time. Eventually, I fell in love with the pretty city of Girona more than anything else.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
I am probably impatience personified. People who walk slowly in front of me or don't get to the point when they talk drive me crazy.
If you could live and work in any city, where would you go?
I lived and worked in Amsterdam for a few months during my studies, and I could definitely imagine going back there for some time.
What would be your desert island meal?
It doesn't matter, as long as it's topped with cheese.
What’s your favourite film?
When it comes to feel-good movies, definitely "Mamma Mia!" - or has anyone ever listened to ABBA without getting in a good mood?
Please tell us your favourite Joke / What is your favourite movie quote?
I'm probably the worst joke teller of all time, so we'd better save that. So, here's a quote from probably the wisest monkey of the 90s:
“The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.”
What is one thing on your bucket list?
My friends gave me a voucher for skydiving for my birthday some time ago - but I'm still waiting for the necessary portion of courage.
What is your biggest fear?
I'm quite afraid of heights - maybe that's why the voucher hasn't been used yet....
What news source do you read every day?
The online editions of ORF, derStandard and Falter
What’s your social media platform of choice?