As we wrote about earlier the graduate program is not all about exploring and developing your technical know-how. One thing that we are constantly working on is personal development. I personally find this very positive, as the rest of the group I have an engineering background and technical fields tend to have less of this in there scheme. To be able to handle different situation and have success in your career a knowing of different types of personalities are key.
During our first stay we covered the topic of what shaped us as persons. It was very rewarding both in a private and professional context. When we got together this time the topics covered where constructive feedback and personality types. We all had a chance to develop and practice our skills in a set-up environment based on the time we spent as a group so far at our graduate program. We had also the possibility to do a personality test to find out what type of strengths and weaknesses we might have according to literature. I am convinced we all received great insights which we can develop further and carry with us as we gather more and more experience in life.
Time goes incredibly fast and it feels like you get to experience new things every day. In this way, supply chains and the role of SQA is very dynamic where every new day is different from the others. Now that the first internship is reaching is end, I thought that it would be a great opportunity to summarize some of the impressions of the initial time and my role as a future SQA. As previously mentioned, the role of SQA involves actively collaboration with suppliers and issues of quality, this leads to need of constantly keep up with the flow of information to constantly keep oneself updated. Practically this implies day to day work shaped by several emails, conference calls and other discussions. The funniest thing about this is that you get to meet a lot of different people, and especially people with deep expertise in certain areas, e.g. material or hot and cold structures. The opportunities to learn new things appears therefore to never be further than around the corner.
During the end of November and the beginning of December, I had the opportunity to travel on my first business trip abroad. It was a few days visit to United Kingdom to visit one of our suppliers. This was very interesting and educating, and we had good discussions e.g. quality and statistical process control. As you can interpret from the text above we also had several other discussions and a few visits to the manufacturing facility, but I also had a great opportunity to gain deeper insight to some of their data and measure some details in order to test an hypothesis we could decipher from previous data. This was truly educational and developing and I eagerly look forward to future company visits and business trips.
At the end of last week, it was time for the annual Christmas dinner, which the new graduate engineers host and organize in traditional Christmas spirit for old graduates and their partners. Due to my days out of office, I missed the careful preparations of the Christmas carols. I was instead in charge of the curtain, a crucial task for the audience to be able to take part of the show.
That was all for now, but keep following the blog, because soon there will be more post about the Euro trip conducted by the young graduates, and more information about some of the company visits we conducted.