I grew up dreaming of living in New York City for a while and having an international career. After graduating as an economist and being more realistic, I hoped to find a job that would allow me to work with and learn from senior managers while, at the same time, getting to know different disciplines. The traineeship turned out to offer me both. And, I was lucky enough to realise my dream and live in New York during one of my projects.
The projects were very diverse: I learned about market mapping methodology, I worked on a synergy based commercial strategy in a niche market with two CEO’s who had a common goal but sometimes opposite interests, and I was also responsible for improvements in a logistical process. The fact that I was a spider in the web between internal and external stakeholders taught me the importance of transparency, cooperation and reliability.
I also learned a lot about myself. In New York for example, I discovered how I could deal with sometimes feeling alone in such a vibrant and interesting city. I also realised that I am not a desk man. The more dynamic the project I am working on, the more efficient I am. I also became more proactive. Before consulting my manager when problems arise, I now force myself to write down possible solutions and indicate which of these has my preference.
After the programme
I am happy to have learned all of this before accepting my current role in the finance department of Arpa Industriale in Bra. As a controller, I focus on the entire production process. This means I work closely with both the CFO and the Operations Director, as well as with the people in the factory. I enjoy the responsibility that I have, the chance to grow and develop fast and the international exposure.