Class Captain 2018 – Alex Gibson, Siemens

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A couple of Alex’s favorite Eller memories include the moment her name was called to be on the Eller Leadership Board at the ELITE End of Year Celebration because she truly believe that it was the moment where she knew she belonged in Eller (and she met some of the BEST people through ELB ). Alex would have to say that Senior Year Homecoming and Graduation were her favorite memories because those 2 events were so fun and filled with so many events with her friends, family and at the greatest school there is.

What do you do on a typical day at work:  I usually check my emails and my calendar to see what meetings/calls I have for the day.  And then I check on the status of the projects I am in charge of: I monitor the forecast projected for the month, I talk to my team to make sure that the customer is happy and we’re receiving payments on time.  Also, I am helping with a project bid so I will work on documents needed to secure this project bid.  

How did you come across this opportunity:  I talked to future program manager (the program is the Commercial Project Management Development Program) at the Eller Expo and he told me about the program and felt that I would be a great fit and interviewed me the next day.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job:  I think that the most rewarding aspect of my job so far is to actually be able to share with my co-workers about the program I am in.  My specific program is pretty small since there are currently only 3 active participants in the program (the program itself has only been around for 5 years) and I am the first female in the program.  It’s fun to tell them about it and for my co-workers in turn tell me about their career at Siemens.

What skills do you find important in your industry:  Excel skills are extremely important since I use excel almost every single day at work.  It is also important to be able to be self-motivated when finding projects or working with other people because you may not be super busy the first few months of your career and it will show your co-workers that you are a team-player and shows your boss that are a go-getter.  Having strong communication skills is important because it is crucial to be able to clearly articulate what you’re working on to your managers and teammates, but also because we have conference calls with people in Germany and across the US online and without communication, no one would be on the same page for a project.  

In what ways did Eller prepare you for your job?  Eller prepared me in a lot of ways, but I think the biggest ways was having students attend many different networking events so you’re comfortable with your elevator pitch and talking to new people and having so many different assignments about Excel because all of those little tips and tricks that the professors teach you come in handy quickly in the working world.  

Any advice for student looking to enter your industry/company:  My advice is to go to the career fairs!! For a lot of companies and for their programs, they want to meet people in person so they have a better and faster way to see if someone is a good fit.  For my program within Siemens there is not have an online application form, you have to go to the career fairs and talk to the recruiters in order to be one of their Leadership Development Programs.  Even with their Finance Leadership Development Program, Siemens will only pick people that went through their internship, which again, Siemens usually recruits for at the physical career fairs.  Prepare your elevator speech and perfect your resume and introduce yourself to the recruiters.  

What is your favorite UA/Eller memory:  I have so many and it’s so hard to pick one favorite, so I will list a couple different memories.  A couple of my favorite Eller memories include the moment my name was called to be on the Eller Leadership Board at the ELITE End of Year Celebration because I truly believe that it was the moment where I knew I belonged in Eller (and I met some of the BEST people through ELB ) and when I was selected to be a speaker at Night with The Stars last year because it was so fun to be with all of the Eller leaders who were recognized for their accomplishments that makes Eller special and it was such an honor to be asked to speak at that event.  As for a U of A memory: I have to say that Senior Year Homecoming and Graduation were my favorite memories because those 2 events were so fun and filled with so many events with my friends, family and at the greatest school there is.

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