Andreas recently accepted a position at Trane/Ingersoll Rand Company in Bellevue, WA as their Strategic Solution Project Developer. Andreas worked for Puget Sound Energy for the last 6 years as Sr. Energy Management Engineer.
When I was at PSE, I was in a good job, where the schedule was right, I had work-life balance, a great boss and colleagues, and good pay where I could comfortably support my family. I was also growing and contributing in the community. The problem was that I was getting too comfortable at PSE and reached my growth potential.
The light came on for me when my boss (an EDI Alumni) told me early in 2016 that he was worried that he may not be able to offer any more challenges for me at the current level, especially in the technical side of the coin. I had all the technical certifications that he suggested, and even more, went to all the trainings, managed projects, even a very complex one for the team, and managed programs for the departments. He is a very technical person and a wise man and I consider him as my mentor who cares not just for my performance but for me as a person. So when he mentioned that in our one-on-one meeting early in January this year, I took notice.
I completed my MBA in August 2015, and I did have several opportunities presented to me. This particular one came up late in 2015, but due to my vacation schedule and a family emergency that required me to be out of the country for more than 2 months, I put it on hold. After everything calmed down, I finally was able to think about these opportunities. This particular position really interested me, since it is in a Sales Office, and in my 12+ years career, I’ve never worked in a Sales Department. Nevertheless, I always feel satisfied when I can pick holes out of a sales proposal, so it is interesting to be part of the team, and again, I think it is a great opportunity. It will be good to develop myself and learn more about Business Development.
EDI really influenced me especially the risk session. I still remember – Nothing Risked – Nothing Gained. It was also interesting since during the process of getting this position, I was in a meeting where my CEO at PSE was there and she gave a speech about trying to ensure that employees don’t get too comfortable in any given position. She always looks for ways to grow her employees and to be on the “Mid” circle (where growth takes place) instead of the center.
It was interesting, since I was struggling to make the decision to go or not to go and after that presentation, I made my decision to move on. It will be an adventure to go back and work for a global company, from PSE with over 3,000 employees to Trane/IR with over 50,000 employees worldwide.
As I look back on my development, EDI really influenced/ helped me in deciding to accept this position. I have always excelled due to my technical skills which is what allowed me to move forward in my career and into the various positions that I’ve held. After EDI, I am striving to grow intentionally on my soft skills (presentations, dealing with people and especially perceptions). One of my mentors who is also an EDI graduate really influenced me and held me accountable for what I wanted to achieve.
This year, I’m volunteering my time as a program chair for EDI to develop myself and learn how to manage the program and to learn more about non-profits. I’m using this as a learning laboratory to improve my skill set.
Advice that I’d like to share is that the best way to prosper yourself is to prosper others. Also, if you are not continually learning and upgrading your skills, somewhere, someone else is. When you meet that person, you will lose. Get out of your comfort zone, and start to work on prospering others and your life will prosper.