Spotlight on Jamie Steinberger: Internal transfer vs. leaving DENSO
Transferred from PG1 Engineering Planning to Engineering Development Promotion Department
My jump from Thermal Engineering to Engineering Development Promotion Department (EPD) was all about timing and my willingness to take a risk, which was outside of my comfort zone. But, Thermal Engineering was making some organizational changes and I wasn’t completely satisfied in my role because after several years, the challenges remained the same and I felt like I was no longer growing as a professional. So, when someone told me about open positions in EPD and that I’d be a good fit because of my work ethic and willingness to learn. I figured I’d give it a try. Honestly, had I not pursued an internal transfer, I probably would have looked for a job outside the company. By staying at DENSO, I was able to use my existing skillset to take on a new challenge, something that has helped my personal and professional growth.
The position sounded great, but I was still nervous. I didn’t know much about the project or technology I’d be leading and working on. Was I qualified? Would I work well with other team members in the department? So many questions ran through my mind.
All that was quickly dispelled by the department director, encouragement I received from my new team, my overall knowledge of DENSO and remembering that everyone is nervous going into a new position. Thanks to all this, I quickly found “my place” within the team.
My Advice to You:
Remember, you are in charge of your career. Any job change is a risk but if you are willing to take that risk, go for it. Make a pros/cons list, ask questions, talk to people. Don’t get caught up in a negative mentality – nobody is going to set you up for failure, they are on your side. When you make the move, be earnest, do your best and others will help you along the way.
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