My first assignment was at DuPont de Nemours, a global science company. When I got the first information on my project from our sales department, I had no clue what they were talking about.
I was going to work as a Logistics analyst. My first question was; am I an analyst? Really? Throughout the trainings this seemed to be one of my strengths. This was my first step in the personal development process; getting aware of my personal strengths.
When starting the assignment, I realized that I still didn’t have a good picture of what I would be doing the coming months. During the first weeks at DuPont, I gradually got into my project. My first main responsibility was the implementation of new air carriers into the Dupont’s invoicing system. I was working in a team on this implementation, but I was the only one responsible for the freight settlement part specifically. This means that I was mainly working on myself and reported the development of my work to the team.
Once the implementation was finished, I received a new responsibility; managing one of the invoicing flows. For the rate verification after receipt of the invoices, there were different flows to check whether rates complied with the agreed contract. The one I was responsible for was a reasonably new semi-automated flow. The biggest challenge here would be to lead a team. Not the leading on itself was the challenge, but the members of the team were my closest colleagues with whom I had a good relationship already. I was afraid to break this good relationship because of my new responsibility. This was one of my weaknesses showing up, paying (too) much attention to relationships. In the end, it went quite well. They were constructive in the meetings and supported me afterwards, which gave me the feeling that I was doing a good job.
I learned a lot out of this first experience. It was very interesting, mainly at the start, as it was all new to me. It was good that after a few months I got a new responsibility to change the scope of the project a bit, as it was getting quite repetitive and the subject was not really my cup of tea either. I have a better idea now of what I do and don’t like in a project, which will help me in the process of finding a job that suits me.
- Logistics Analyst at DuPont
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