I found an internship offer at my university career page and decided to apply. In addition, one of my course mates (from different year) had already worked at Outokumpu and had positive feedback. Another reason, why Outokumpu caught my eye is because the company is working in manufacturing industry, which is related to my studies program – industrial technology.
If I could describe my internship in one word – it would be “short”. Literally. After 1.5 months I had an interview with my current manager, and I was accepted as a full-time employee. So instead of full 3-month internship, I was an intern for only 1.5 months. I was excited to learn what part Outokumpu GBS in Vilnius plays for the company in general, and how & why people work here to support the whole billion euro company.
I decided to stay here as an employee probably because I found this job the most interesting out of several ones that I tried previously.
I decided to stay here as an employee probably because I found this job the most interesting out of several ones that I tried previously. Another important factor was career possibilities – during the internship my manager emphasized that employees can grow in the company not only by climbing career steps vertically, but also horizontally. I already witnessed both scenarios during my tenure.
Now, what I like about my job is the level of responsibility. At least in my role. From the very beginning of working as a buyer, the role felt very important and somewhat big. You are partially (or even fully) responsible for several mills’ operations – timely delivery of different items. Without some of them the mill cannot run – that’s how crucial the role is. Negotiations with suppliers (Bosch or ABB to name a few) are also a big part of the job.
My advice for students looking to start a career – try different jobs or roles, before deciding what do to in the future. Being a student presents many possibilities to do that, so I would suggest taking them.