Spotlight on Aaron Sussman: Moving from Michigan to California

Oct. 16, 2020

On paper, my transfer story looks pretty straight forward – I went from thermal engineering at one affiliate to another. But it was more complicated than that. I went from working on automotive applications to the information technology sector. In fact, the focus of my new role was on a project entirely new to DENSO!

After a group meeting where we heard about some upcoming organizational changes and resulting job opportunities, I immediately went to and looked at what was available. Then I saw it – a non-automotive job in California – and was very excited about the possibility of all these “new” aspects – job, project, location, industry – so I applied.

I’ve moved 9-10 times in my life, so I’m used to change. And with a lot of positive DENSO experience under my belt, I was really excited about the opportunity to be part of something new to me and the company. But that’s not to say I didn’t have concerns – I was worried that leaving the regional headquarters would diminish my future career opportunities and I wouldn’t have the same strong relationships I currently had with managers and team members. But I wasn’t going to let that stop me.

I did a lot of research on the information technology industry and had a lot of people willing to talk to me and answer my questions about the role and future career opportunities. The support was incredible – I had weekly meetings with leadership and HR to help with the personal and professional aspects of the transition. And when it came to relationships, I reminded myself that I had to build them from scratch before, so there’s no reason I can’t do it again.

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