I have been working for a couple of years in an office of a multinational. In between I worked several years as a freelancer. Right after my studies I did not start my career as a freelancer, neither in a multinational. After several jobs in the Netherlands I decided to seek my luck outside of these borders and pursue a career in the corporate world. Of course I could have done this in the Netherlands too, but I wanted something completely new.
Right now I am working at Johnson Controls in the Accounts Payable department. This is a very dynamic and exciting part of the company. Due to merging the company undergoes several changes while working towards a strong focus in the product portfolio. To see this process from the first row is not only fun but extremely educational as well.
As a member of the Helpdesk I get to acquaint myself with all the teams active in the Accounts Payable department. In other words you could say this is a very dynamic position. I am in contact with the local business, the vendors and internally the teams to ensure a payment will be executed in a timely manner.
If you are a recruiter feel free to contact me. Perhaps I have someone in my network who is interested in what you offer.
Do you think I am a good fit for the job you have to offer? Feel free to contact me and we can have a talk about it. However, do note I am currently employed, not eager to leave Johnson Controls and located in Bratislava.
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Deciding to build a career in the corporate world should be a choice for life. Jumping in and out will not bring you to the point where you are aiming for once you start. For many people it is the first job after having the study finalized, or even during the study. So what does it mean to actually work in a multinational?
A multinational is a corporation that pursues business in more than one country. In general often business are seen as multinationals when they operate on different continents and when their stocks are publicly traded. You can think of Johnson Controls, IBM, Accenture, Facebook, Google, Amazon and many others. To the first is often referred to a Dutch organization, the VOC (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) from the 17th and 18th century.
Usually such a company consists of many smaller units and several different departments. If we look at Johnson Controls we can see a concentration of local to global operations in conglomerated business centers. This business center consists of several departments. For Johnson Controls there is such a center in Mexico, Slovakia, India and China. The center in Bratislava (Slovakia) operates some global activities but the main focus is on the European, Middle East and African (EMEA) market. It can also be defined as a financial center because the majority of the positions are related to accounts payable (AP/PTP), Accounts Receivable, Record to Report (R2R) and Procurement. Of course there are several other supporting jobs in this business center. For instance there is a HR department, Continuous Improvement team and TAX department.
You could say that no matter what study you have done there is always a skill that can be useful.
In a business center with such a diversity of positions there are many skills required. For some jobs the communication skills are extremely important while for others your analytical capabilities will prevail. To grow up in a multinational there are two directions you can go. You will be become a manager or a specialist. To do both is impossible. It is actually the same as when you have your own business. You need a focus. By doing a little bit of everything you will not grow upwards. Rotating to similar positions can help on the long-term to familiarize yourself with the company in different areas. However, you will not specialize. Neither will you get into a managerial position.
So how to grow?
Focus. Set yourself a goal and work towards to that. A good thing is that companies offer a lot of tools to help you with this, for instance Johnson Controls provides a perfect personal profile for this. You can create a complete CV and do training according to your preferences. And yes, you have to make a strategy, a clear path towards your ultimate career goal. Read also this article to see which steps you should take by creating your strategy.
Once you have set out your strategy you have to ensure you follow up on it. It can be difficult if you face a high workload but realize your employer wants you to build a career. You have to plan time for it during your working hours. From my experience and many business e-readers it is advised to take one hour a day for your personal projects. This you have to spend on your own projects, your personal development or in other words on your career building. Note that if you go for a 1- or 2-day training you already spent this time.
Your strategy should show clearly if you aim for growing into a specialist or becoming a manager. I have been asked how realistic is it to say to become CEO. If you start in a company I would call this a “far from your bed show”. This is not realistic at all. In general you have to qualify for a couple of courses and become a lead assistant/junior. Once you have lead a team you can develop yourself into a more skilled/people manager and level up. This is up to you but five years is quite a minimum if you start at the bottom. Combine also the internal training offers with training outside the company. In this way you ensure other companies recognize it as well.
To become a specialist means you focus on a specific area e.g. accounts payable. You can become a senior and eventually a trainer. By choosing this path there are always new books to read, courses to follow and improvements to be done. High management will come to you before they make a decision. Either to hear your opinion or simply to execute a project that will answer their questions and make an idea a ‘GO’ or “NO GO’.
Make a switch
If you decide to switch the company you usually have several grounded reasons for this. Changing employer can be a good thing but make sure you leave on good terms and bring with you a motivating reference. You should consider a switch once your current position does not fulfill you anymore and the company does not have an open position. It does more harm to your personal development to work only and not to build on your career. For instance it would make no sense to remain junior lead once you got all your training complete, you got to level up!
Switching a company after a short period of time you can do once….twice. However, this does not look reliable on your resume. Building a career only works if you gain some trust from your employer. Do not forget they invest in you. It is highly appreciated to return the favor by using your newly learned skills. It can happen that you decide to do something completely different. Once you are in this situation it is completely normal if you start in ‘lower’ position. It is up to you to show that you are able to grow once more. From my personal point of view this is not easy and I happily tell you all about my experiences (you can see it here as well)