Whether you drive across Lillebælt or Storbælt, your road will almost certainly take you on highway E20, and as you drive across Fyn, a tall triangular building will most definitely stand up and catch your attention: this is the Interacoustics main office, where the latest in hear impairment diagnostics equipment is being developed.
What were your first impressions when starting your rotation at Interacoustics?
Well first of all, if you get selected as a graduate, expect to have one rotation in Diagnostics, particularly if you are General Business or Global Operations. My personal experience was that Diagnostics was my very first rotation, so I started by moving from Odense to Middelfart, where the company operates. The establishment is brand new (1 year), and there are approximately 150 people, ranging from programmers, marketing and management to prototype production and hardware.
My first impressions? People here are really nice and friendly. I do not know if it is because the location is on Fyn, where there is more hygge, but I was welcomed with open arms and I got guidance and advice from day one.
What were the most valuable lessons you learned in this rotation?
I learned that nobody expects perfection, but you are expected to work hard. Nobody cares you are a graduate: that does not mean much here. All that matters is that you have a go-get-it attitude and that you are hungry for success. Once you show that, people at Interacoustics are happy to help you grow. Yes, you will fail, yes you will make mistakes and yes, you will feel like your contribution is not worth much, but you will get constant feedback (always constructive), as you learn to take one day at a time. Do not think of your mistakes as failures, but as lessons learned.
There are no high horses here. I have experienced a lot of down to earth people that are happy to listen if you have something to add or a suggestion. I got full freedom to explore new ideas and try them out, which I think is a very important element to have when you are a graduate: the freedom to fail fast, to test out, to not accept the status quo and to go big.
How did you tackle your project in such a big and new organisation?
I was fortunate enough that my go-to manager, Jakob Skovgaard, formulated my project in such a way that it was an absolute must that I talk to as many people as possible from within the organisation (both higher and lower in the hierarchy). This enabled me to quickly learn the people, their story, what they do and how their job adds value to the processes and projects that we have in house. As a graduate, it can be very scary at first when you get so much responsibility off the bat: which is why touchpoints with the go-to managers on a weekly basis is an absolute must, as they can help you navigate and reprioritise tasks so that you get the most out of this learning experience. I did exactly that and so I came to enjoy every single moment at Interacoustics. Even though my project was a tough one, I had so many people that wanted me to succeed and their energy gave me enough confidence that I simply could not fail.
Any advice or lessons learned that you would like to share?
Yes. Never be afraid of a challenge. Welcome it, because it helps you grow. Is it terrifying to have little to go with whilst being expected to deliver a lot? You bet. However, if you can conquer that feeling and never lose focus, I promise you the results will follow. There should be no doubt in your mind that you will succeed, because low self-esteem or self-doubt will spiral you downward in a mental state that will not empower you. Keep your head up and keep believing you can aim for the stars: good things will come to those who wait and work hard.
Good luck in your endeavors, remember to see failures as lessons and keep growing.