It took me a long time to get to where I am today in my career. There have been many twists and turns in my career path.
I’m not even working in the same field that I first studied at school.
I decided in the last several years, since I was laid off from my long-term manufacturing job, that I would accept any opportunity that was presented to me.
That’s how I ended up with my new career promotion to General Manager. I always wondered what it would be like to work in a position of authority like that. I’m still learning new skills and ideas every day.
I always learned from my father, who worked as a manufacturing supervisor, that the people who work for you are your most important asset. He had such a great working relationship with his staff that they were very willing to go that extra mile for him.
I’ve taken great strides to emulate my father in that respect. The result has been that I have a staff (albeit a very small staff) that is willing to help me and do the extra things that will make all of us successful. They have been very supportive of me throughout the transition of my promotion to General Manager. In return, I make certain that they are aware of my gratitude and I reciprocate their help with my own assistance to them wherever possible. It has made for a very positive and productive work environment.
I also try to remember the skills and ideas that I learned from the courses I studied at Mohawk in Continuing Education over the years. I studied several different courses in Supervision and Leadership (with particular emphasis on a manufacturing background, although the skills can be applied anywhere).
I have discovered that words such as “teamwork” that I learned at Mohawk are not just simple buzzwords. They actually do apply to the workplace and when utilized properly, can be very successful to the overall business. I always encourage my staff to present their ideas openly and usually in a non-formal atmosphere. This has resulted in some great ideas being implemented that have made all of our daily routines at the office much better.
My promotion to General Manager has been a great experience thus far. It has exceeded my original expectations of what such a position would be like. I truly enjoy the challenges and the constant learning. I feel very fortunate to have such a supportive staff working with me.
It’s certainly not the career that I originally envisioned many years ago, but considering the trials and tribulations that I’ve endured, I think this is actually better than my initial career ideas. I would encourage anyone to pursue opportunities as they come along and reach for those promotions. You’ll soon reap the rewards and get a sense of satisfaction that you’ve finally made it!
– Todd Midgley
Electrical Engineering Technician ’91