WHAT I DISCOVERED WHEN I JOINED SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC
I started my career at Schneider Electric in 2016. I was studying Industrial Engineering after I graduated with a degree in Business Administration. I joined the Methods Department in the Meliana, Spain factory through an internship program. The internship taught me the principles I uphold throughout my professional life: to be smart, open-minded, nice, and honest. Also, I learned how to work in a team and take care of each other as well as how to contribute to a positive and dynamic environment. When I finished my internship, I was offered a position in the same department, and of course, I accepted it.
My development at Schneider Electric was very dynamic in the beginning. The greatest thing I value about this company is its commitment to making people grow. As this is a global company with a variety of positions, you can accomplish whatever you want with this combination of infrastructure, and managers are willing and supportive to maximize your career opportunities.
In my third year at the company, I was leading a Supply Chain Project. I learned a lot about logistics and stock in terms of technical competency, and more about organization and creativity. I gained valuable knowledge from this experience. Then, I took on the role of Finance Business Partner in June 2021. It meant a very big challenge both in terms of competencies and responsibility.
“My development has always been accompanied, not only by the training I’ve taken part in but also by the social network I’m striving to build”
TO GROW HAND IN HAND WITH TRAINING AND EXPERIENCES
I received as much training as I needed, both on a technical and personal level. In addition to learning industrial competencies and how to calculate financial figures, I also developed an understanding of my strengths and weaknesses and improved my reaction to uncertainty. For instance, in the Women in Leadership program, I had the opportunity to connect with other female colleagues working at Schneider Electric, who are in very different positions, but with whom I shared many common interests.
My development has always been accompanied, not only by the training I’ve taken part in but also by the social network I’m striving to build.
WELL-BEING OR HOW TO BUILD A SAFE ENVIRONMENT
I love people and sport. This is another thing that makes me love this company. Since I joined Schneider Electric, I have found a healthy and exciting environment. I have shared a lot of non-working time with my colleagues, from just social after-work to triathlon competitions. Thanks to this initiative, I have built different connections with the people I work with. Planning Christmas dinner together, preparing choreography for the event, and joining a training team with people with the same schedule and purpose. Even during the pandemic, Schneider also creates a healthy environment and provides guidelines to promote health in the workplace.
I discovered this supportive network also when I traveled to other Schneider Electric sites, so this is motivated by the company, and it’s an easy and smart way to feel integrated when changing locations!
To summarize, I found a company with a clear commitment to professional development, and a large enough infrastructure to cover a variety of positions. As well as training and projects of personal growth, the company accompanies me during my development. Furthermore, Schneider makes me feel like I’m part of a community and takes care of me. This is why I encourage people to join Schneider Electric.
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About the Author
Angela Román is from Valencia and works as a Financial Business Partner for the Meliana plant in Spain. Since joining Schneider Electric five years ago, she has worked in Supply Chain and Finance departments as well.