#FutureInYourHands – This motto properly describes how TÜV SÜD empowers its employees. It’s best to hear from TÜV SÜD executives and staff members what their personal experiences are working for TÜV SÜD.
Can you describe your role within TÜV SÜD?
I have been with TÜV SÜD for four-and-a-half years. I started out as the Medical Product Expert in Active Implantable Medical Devices (AIMD), and now I am the Regional Team Manager for Active Medical Products.
Has TÜV SÜD allowed you to grow within the company?
Yes definitely, TÜV SÜD has allowed me to grow within the company. In the beginning, I was given a lot of training. I spent three weeks in Bangkok, Thailand, doing the basic training generally given to the AIMD experts. I then had to go back a year later to do some additional training also in Bangkok. Following that training, there was a lot of one-on-one work with mentors and monitors from the Munich team. A lot of support and help enabled me to grow within the company.
I also joined the Women’s Network. They have monthly sessions on different topics, which really provide information and connections within the company. The Women’s Network also allows for networking to get to know people outside of my team. Since I am 100% remote for work, it can be hard to find and talk to people outside of my team. I am based in Houston, Texas, so I do not really talk to people outside my team or meet them face-to-face.
How does your position embody the slogan, “Add Value. Inspire Trust.”?
Having been at the company for four-and-a-half years now and knowing the business, and using my industry knowledge, I can inspire trust in our clients. Our clients need to be able to trust that we know what we are doing. I also add value from the knowledge that I have from my previous positions. Working with the folks on my team and in Munich allows for a lot of knowledge sharing.
What is your driving mission in this role?
I enjoy seeing what sort of technology is coming out of the active medical implant area. I used to be in the quality department of my previous position, and I was able to see the research and development and all the new technology that people were able to come up with—seeing that new technology still is something that I really love. I like being able to know that what I am reviewing and what I am looking at to potentially approve is going to go out there into the industry and helping people.
What sort of advice do you have for young college students?
I think many young college students have a very good idea of what they want to do when they come out of college, but they do not know what it really means for the job industry. For example, as an engineer, I had three co-ops in my college internships. Going into college, I was certain that I was going to develop new products as a career and go into R&D. Through the experience from these internships, I was able to learn that there is actually more that an engineer can do than just R&D. You can look at manufacturing; you can look at quality; you can do sales; you can do complaints; there are so many different positions that can be achieved based on the degree that you are pursuing.
My advice to someone coming into TÜV SÜD is do not try to pigeonhole yourself into what you think your expectations are for your degree and what kind of job it could be. Try to broaden your horizons. Go out there and say, “I may have an engineering degree, but I really want to try something different.” Using your knowledge and training, you would still be able to do well in a position like that. Internships definitely help you to figure out what direction you want to go.
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