Hope everyone is having a blissful and safe Labor Day! I am at the Great Wall trying to do some studying while being entertained watching people of all colors walking by! I never thought there could be such a big mall in our country, but it actually exist! Some updates about what "Sweetbasil" has been up to lately...
I don't know if I mentioned before that I am in a rotational program for the first 9 months (just found out it is 9 months) not 12! I was hired by a major retailer in Minnesota, and the purpose of this program is to "train" you to become an "executive" while giving you exposure to the different pyramids within the company. We are not technically being "train" as it is doing a lot of different projects while rotating. We are only four in this program, and our first rotation is in the Global Trade Services Pyramid. My projects are as follow:
1. Creating dashboards and metrics to capture data for their for the audits that are conducted at the factories. This department deals with the security of the company's brand, shipments, and assets. The team is composed of 5 people, and oh boy, they do a lot of work. I came in the middle of a major transition for them, so I have worked closely with this team to achieve their objective for my project. I call this project my "teenager boy" because it has taken quite a bit of creativity, time, and effort to be able to deliver them with something substantial. In the beginning, I was getting all kinds of different directions as I was doing my own research of their processes and trying to understand the what they already have in placed; the findings were a little shocking.
2. Project two is my "middle child"- a calm and easy to do type of project because it was based on learning a new technological platform and creating a Global Trade Virtual Library for them. I really enjoy learning new technologies, so this was hands-on. I even created a manual for them on how to use it and this Team is very pleased with my speed. Our motto is "Fun, Fast, and Friend" and I think "middle child" of mine was just that. This project was for the Compliance Department- they study different trade laws etc., and needed a place to archive all of the research.
3. My "Little Baby" - this project is also within the Compliance Department- I feel like I just gave birth to this "child" because it is simple, yet, I am limited as this particular Team is not very open to using Access instead of Excel to create a better recording process for their Prior Disclosures. I have learned that even thought I feel very comfortable with Microsoft Products, using excel as a record tracking template has pulled some of my creative hairs in trying to improve the process that they have. The second part of this project is also to create metrics to show the data that has been collected- dealing with the numbers is easy, but trying to be creative and making the record tracking template that they are using has been a challenge. The manager is very pleased with my progress, but I am finding ways of adding more value to my work.
4. Project 4 - my "oldest child" - a project where I am the bridge between Headquaters and our Asia Team in optimizing a Micro Model for the upcoming Lunar New Year. The goal is to get POs out of the factories in time before they close for the holiday; yet, we need to hold this POs in the system so that they don't arrive too early and we end up spending on storage. I have enjoyed learning about this process and since it is a hands-on type of project, I am looking forward to seeing the results in the near future. I have enjoyed working with different people across the world.
Building relationships is a main key in our company, having people trust is a key to be successful in "Corporate America" as I been told. I have learned about myself that I truly enjoy meeting people, but I am trying to adjust to the pressure of "meeting them now." I focus on the quality of time that I spend meeting someone, instead of the number of people that I meet. My Team Members as well as management have said that I have "soft skills" (people) as well as "hard skill" (technical) which it is true. I have met so many people and I am privilege when they have asked me " I would love to have lunch with you"- My goal is not to be the next CEO, but just to continue to do my best so that I can have this decent good, and I can pay my bills and have a comfortable life. Living on my own again has been a learning experience, scary at times, but I am trusting God and I know I am meant to be here.
I found my church yesterday, so I am creating roots here! It has been truly a journey so far, and I hope that I can continue to do my best, and put my little grain of salt in helping the rest of my Team Members create something great for the company as well as for our Teams.
This has been my first weekend on my own without having to go out with anyone; I have enjoyed it so much!
Thank you for of the support that many of you have given me.