Dipping the toes into other industries
Working as a consultant is new to me. Since I have cutting-edge expertise in the automotive industry, it is mainly with automotive customers that I work now. But in the future, I can imagine dipping my toes into other industries. Aleido feels like a good workplace to be able to take that next step. Now I get more experience and the opportunity to continue developing, both as a person and in my professional life.
I think that being a consultant in a way is being an ambassador for my company. It is important to me to build good relationships, both with our customers and within the organisation. For the customers, I make sure to be positive and come up with suggestions for improvements. To be the driving force that makes things happen. To thrive in the consultant role, I think it is good if you are open to new opportunities. The assignment can change and that’s a bit of the charm of that, I think. That everything is not completely set in stone forever. If you take the chance, there are many opportunities to learn new things and develop.
The importance of understanding each other
My immediate managed cares about my professional development and that I enjoy my work. She encourages me to seek out what I am interested in and want to develop within. I also feel that there are different career paths within Product Information, depending on what you are interested in.
Working for a global organisation comes with benefits and challenges. A challenge is of course that it is extra important to make sure that we all understand each other, beyond language confusion and possible cultural differences. But I’ve also made connections that otherwise might not have been possible. For example, I have become good friends with a colleague in China. It has given me a greater understanding of what it is like to live and work there.
After working at Aleido for one year, my impression is very positive. The colleagues are very nice and there is an openness in the organisation. As a consultant, I get a lot of flexibility. Since I have a family, it is incredibly important to me that work and family life comes together, especially with all the various unforeseeable events family life entails. My experience is that the flexibility we have really makes life easier. I can do a good job and have time to pick up or drop off the kids. The work-life balance is great, quite simply.