Two reasons: The 1st is failure. Another organization did not accept me; the 2nd reason is there was not an organization that had the exact community I was looking for. Those two factors lead to the creation of the organization you all now make up today. Thanks for keeping it alive!
Nanometrics, a semiconductor industry capital equipment supplier, has been my employer for the past seven months. Before then I worked at ABB, a Zurich based Power and Automation conglomerate – think of GE with a Swiss accent-, for two and half years.
Senior buyer. We are a medium sized company, so all employees wear many hats. My roles range from negotiating with suppliers and eliminating operational inefficiencies to placing orders and fixing invoicing issues.
Overcoming workplace challenges:
While supply chain is primarily an operational function, most of my challenges come from poor institutional procedures and weak culture. Persistence and taking pride in your work is what gets me through the workweek. Of course, getting components at a cheaper price and on-time is the hallmark issue of supply chain. Two peices of advice I would like to share here is to 1.) learn how to communicate well – the social pillar - and 2.) don’t be afraid to express yourself and ask for what you want, professionally. Be reasonable, but don’t be shy. You must fight for your wellbeing and happiness, especially if you managers don’t care about you.
Experience prior to full-time employment:
It’s impossible to pinpoint what single action or group of actions led to my current place in life and career. In many instances, I’ve already won the lottery; other people who made the same choices may not have had the same good fortune. However, one action I took that certainly helped was interning at several companies in my undergraduate years. My first internship was with ABB, whom I ran into at a job fair after college and subsequently lead to a full-time offer. Starting an organization also had a tremendous impact on my personal growth. Founding SOU taught me more about tenacity and leadership than any class or internship.
ABB | Procurement Agent Intern – Summer 2012
South Carolina Department of Commerce – Business Intern 2012-2013
Schaeffler Group | Supply Chain Management Intern – Summer 2013
Keer America Corporation | Logistics Specialist – 2013-2014
ABB | Supply Chain Rotational Trainee – 2015-2017
Nanometrics | Senior Buyer – 2017-2018
Every week, I go Latin social dancing. I recently go to dance at the Reno Latin Dance Festival, the ‘Coachella’ of bachata. On weekends, I enjoy riding my Monster around the beautiful Bay Area mountain roads. Occasionally, I get the opportunity to spend a few days camping in the ineffable Sierras.
Don’t be afraid of failure; that’s how you grow.
You don’t need permission from anyone to live the life you want. Not saying it will be easy, but trust your gut, even if others disapprove.
SOU has a lot of great people and values, however, don’t let one community command all your time and energy. SOU was built on the concept of diversity. Apply it! There are lots of other organizations and pastimes to discover in your short 4 – or maybe 5- years in college.
Express genuine gratitude to yourself and others.
Thank you for dedicating your time to personal improvement and contributing to the growth of your community. Totum maior summa partum!