BECOMING A MANAGER
We asked our colleague Carl a few questions. This is what he had to say!
What is it like to work at Insource?
We have a stimulating work environment and a great team of colleagues. What appealed to me when I started at Insource was that the consultants get to shape their own development, be involved and influence what assignments they work with, and contribute to Insource’s overall development. I really do have fun working here!
Your career progression at Insource has moved fast, can you tell us about it?
I started at Insource around four years ago, and since, I have worked hard and made an extra effort to show initiative. I have had several assignments in the areas of accounting and business control over the years. One of my most recent consultancy assignments was as Head of Accounting.
About a year and a half ago, I started taking on more responsibility in our internal work with knowledge management. It has kept me busy and engaged on the side of my consultancy assignments and is something I enjoy. I believe it was a contributing factor as to why I was promoted to manager last year. How you perform at the consultancy assignments is essential, however, the more senior you become, you are expected to take on more internal responsibility.
Working with the management team has been great. I have always felt that I had an opportunity to affect Insource’s development journey. Although, as a member of the management team, it is on a larger scale.
What does your work with knowledge management involve?
First and foremost, I want to say that I have worked closely with my colleague Ludvig on all knowledge management initiatives. Our responsibility is to plan, create, and implement our internal extension courses that are part of our career program, C-Level Track. Since we started, we have further developed existing courses and created new ones to reach our short- and long-term goals.
Every year we go abroad with all employees for what we call the “Education trip”. The week abroad is fully packed with workshops and extension courses in accounting and controlling, among others. We tailor the course package depending on the consultant’s experience and seniority. In the year after we return home, we continuously hold courses that follow up on what we started during the education trip.
As you became a manager, you also took a more prominent role in our recruitment and have held many interviews with candidates to evaluate the competence requirements. What have you learned? And what is your best tip for candidates coming in for an interview?
Apart from getting more experience in interviewing, I have learned how much effort goes into finding the right person for a team. We are looking at the overall picture, and for a team to work, the people in it must bring different things to the table. Everyone cannot be cast from the same mold; the team will benefit from different qualities and characteristics.
When it comes to my advice to candidates – come prepared! Read up about the company you interview with and show that you are genuinely interested in the role and the company. Nothing gives me a better impression than a candidate that asks relevant questions.