While I introduced the topic of personal reflection, I would like to look back at and share my journey to the graduate program, which has not been a straightforward path.
When I finished my master, I had built my elective courses across different subjects such as economics, law, public policy and felt that I was more a generalist than a specialist, although I had a strong preference for subjects where quantitative skills were important, like finance or supply chain management. And with a generalist background, choosing a first job was hard. I did not know where I wanted to work neither in terms of position nor in terms of industry. I had a keen interest in optimizing processes and was used to interacting in teams so the skills I developed could be useful in many different areas. Since I did not know where to start so I decided to create my own rotations!
I first started joining a start-up company to help build the activities in the US, then I worked as a project finance analyst in a large energy company recommending on acquisitions. While being close to the decision-making process and interacting with decision-makers in these previous positions, I felt I also wanted to be closer to where things happened, to be more active in making things happen and to optimize them, so I decided to seek for more challenges.
After two rotations in the Product Supply graduate programme (I will get back to those in a later post), I realize how fulfilling it is to be in an area where there is strong culture of hands-on problem-solving and of continuous improvement both in the support functions but also on the production floor. For instance, in my first rotation, I would go on the shopfloor and help production managers to identify financially where to prioritze efforts to reduce waste and help initiate the projects to make it happen. I also recognize how the graduate program enabled me to grow even further in terms of professional skill sets with training and personal impact with the opportunities given to graduates to use their skills on challenging tasks. And besides work, the graduate network opens up to great people with diverse backgrounds, interesting stories and a common desire to keep on learning while having fun.
Feel free to ask any questions, I will be happy to answer them.