Yes. I think that the Graduate Program gave me opportunities that I wouldn’t see in your typical role. It allowed me to branch out and see other parts of the business. In particular, you get a load of opportunities to meet different people, and a lot of them adopt a really helpful approach to aiding your learning or giving you opportunities to try something new when they learn you are a Graduate.
In the co-creation team we own a lot of the Fujitsu innovation initiatives. Typically we are doing tasks related to innovation activities that we run with our partners and clients such as design thinking workshops. Internally we run an incubator program for business ideas that come from any employees – we help them form a pitch, review it, and take it to our internal review board. We then manage the idea as it turns into a proof of concept, and we also manage other innovative technological projects that can come from our global Fujitsu counterparts and integrate them into our local region.
I would say the coolest thing was designing an escape room for Fujitsu World Tour – which is Fujitsu’s biggest annual expo for all our customers to attend. Initially myself and a colleague heard our events manager think out loud about creating an escape room, and we put our hands up to make it actually happen. We ended up making a small escape room inside the expo which was a lot of fun for the attendees, and at the same time it was able to show off some Fujitsu technology.
Biggest challenge was managing multiple projects and innovation initiatives at the same time. Every client and partner is important and for me, I found that trying to please everyone became rather difficult when there are conflicting priorities. I overcame this challenge by managing expectations and setting these expectations with the client and partner from day one. This could involve being transparent with them and telling them I’m working on multiple projects and my response might be delayed. There’s no shame in doing this and the client / partner would rather you be honest than to commit to a deadline you know you can’t make.
A lot of my learning has come from working with people outside my team. I’ve started on a few interesting projects simply because I overheard a conversation about an idea or project that I thought I could help out with. Don’t worry too much if you think you don’t have the skills or knowledge to do something – most people’s concern is that you show that you want to learn. Also, don’t understate the importance of soft skills like presenting, building relationships, or general business acumen – these are most important for your career anywhere