There’s much to learn from Elena’s extraordinary path in Signify, and she was kind enough to offer a few words of advice for others – especially our interns:
1. Explore the organization: use every opportunity to gain new experiences and learn. I have seen firsthand how stretch assignments in other departments help employees get a better understanding of the organization and become more successful in their current role, while also seeing if the next role is a good fit for a future career move.
2. Have a clear vision of your milestones: Know what you want to achieve (with a subsequent plan of how to get there). It’s not necessary to have an exact future career path in mind but at least have a direction.
3. Share your ambitions: Let your direct manager, HR or even managers in other departments know what you want to do. They can help in finding suitable opportunities as they arise. Signify is always keen on developing internal talent, but they need to know what your ambition is so that the right people are considered for the right roles.