How did your college experience prepare you for your career?
As you can see from my resume, I have studied both engineering and management. I felt like I needed more knowledge apart from electrical engineering skills in order to become successful in the field. I chose to study leadership to improve my personal, communication and management skills alongside with my engineering knowledge. I believe that without management skills, it is impossible to operate a successful system within an organization. During my university years, I also took part in work projects, and while I am doing my MBA I am still working to try the methods learned in practice.
What are your career goals?
In the future, I see myself as a leader who is able to implement positive changes in the procurement department. I believe that process improvement is one of the most important drivers of creating competitive advantage, therefore, as a future procurement manager, I believe that I would be able to make the system more effective, thanks to my practical, computer system and engineering knowledge, as well as the MBA studies.
What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
I am honest to say that I am self-motivated. I do match my motivation to the expectations of the employer and develop a plan to over-achieve the goals. When I am given a target I try to over-achieve it and set myself a higher one. I am motivated by recognition of managers, colleagues and feedback from customers as well. When targets are met and customers are satisfied, the whole organization benefits and I feel like I have contributed towards that achievement.
If you were hiring for this position, what qualities would you look for?
I know that the company requires the highest level of accuracy. I would look for somebody who is able to make calculations and predictions fast without mistakes. I also would look for a self-motivated employee, who is able to manage workload without needing regular supervision and keep track of the deadlines.