My journey at Siemens began in 2009, in their Sydney office.
As part of their Engineering Graduate Program, I rotated through different departments, spending time in sales, projects, marketing and engineering. I also had the opportunity to work interstate on some pretty challenging assignments.
This wide exposure gave me a solid understanding of the business, as well as a strong internal network, and I continued working at Siemens once I’d completed the Graduate Program.
When I came to the end of a major project in 2017, I decided to start developing my career further – the time felt right. The perfect opportunity came up in Singapore, so I transferred over and moved into my current role, leading the project management department for Siemens Smart Infrastructure.
I did a lot of research on potential employers in my final year of university. I intended to stay with the same company long term and wanted the best possible start to my career.
It was worth the effort. I’ve really enjoyed my time with Siemens, and developing my career here has been a great experience.
My Start With Siemens
I knew that Siemens was an innovative company with an extensive portfolio. I was drawn to the opportunity to work with a wide variety of technologies, and potentially all around the world.
Through my research, I had learned that Siemens focused on the current global megatrends including climate change, urbanisation and demographic change. It appealed to me that Siemens was creating technologies that captured the opportunities and addressed the problems that these global changes would bring.
People often have the impression that joining a large company straight from university will make them feel like a ‘small fish in a large pond’. On the contrary, I found that a significant amount of resources and attention was given to developing my career from my very first day at Siemens.
During my first weeks, I received a lot of support from my colleagues. They were eager to assist my learning and make me a part of the team and I quickly felt comfortable in my role.
The Exciting And Challenging Moments Of My Day To Day
Working in projects means there is always something different each day, and new challenges to overcome. I work with many different people from multiple countries and it’s great to be part of such a large network.
I work quite a lot with our sales team on new opportunities and winning a new contract is always one of our most exciting (and busy!) times.
One of my most significant milestones at Siemens was when I became a Project Manager in 2013 and was given full responsibility for my first major project, a building management system for a data centre in Sydney.
It was extremely demanding and my team was stretched to its limits. I was really driven to prove my ability and ultimately delivered a successful project. Soon afterwards, we received another contract from the same customer, for another data centre in Perth.
Another highlight was when I started working in Singapore and received my new box of name cards. That was when it really sank in that I was actually managing a team in another country – something I couldn’t have imagined when I was growing up and studying in Adelaide!
I’ll never forget the sense of achievement I felt in those moments.
One Of The Most Valuable Things About Working With Siemens
Siemens places strong focus on professional development and provides various continuous learning resources and opportunities.
In my earlier years, I was mentored and guided by my managers and other more senior team members as I progressed into each new role. I’ve also engaged in many formal training programs in project management, people management, business strategy, and more.
Lately, Siemens has offered a series of short, 1-2 hour courses on things like coaching, remote leadership, mental health and effective storytelling. These are a great opportunity to learn about new topics and they supplement the more in-depth courses we are given really well.
The company has also recently introduced a new “Work From Anywhere” model, which allows employees to work remotely for 2-3 days per week. I think it’s an excellent initiative and judging by recent staff feedback, it will be very well received!
And I’d have to say, as someone who has personally experienced it, that the Siemens Graduate Program is definitely one of this company’s best initiatives. It’s certainly my favourite.
The grad program is designed to give recent graduates a global experience and it prepares them to be future leaders of the company.
The most rewarding part is, if you put in the time and have the right mindset, there really are limitless opportunities available to you at Siemens.
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