1. Tell us about your role within SAM
I am a Technical Coordinator at SAM and have worked here since September 2017. My role is to provide technical support to other departments, maintain the spare parts store and produce CAD drawings for new products. I’m also involved in tests, trials and developing new products.
2. What do you enjoy most about your job?
The most enjoyable part of my job is that even though you try to plan ahead there is always an element of surprise. This means I have to stay alert all the time and gives me the challenge of experiencing new things nearly every day.
3. What career development opportunities have you had within the manufacturing industry?
Before my current role I was working as a Moulder Operator in SAM for over 12 years. I then decided to continue studying technology of wood at university keeping in mind that this would be my future profession.
4. Name two things you are really good at?
I don’t like to brag!
5. What would you say is your biggest achievement?
I hope my biggest achievement is still ahead of me but so far my family is the most important for me.
6. What do you do to relax?
Swimming really helps to relax me and helps forget about everyday problems. I also love to watch football, but this isn’t always relaxing!
7. What do you do to stay healthy?
I used to be very active and loved all water sports, especially sailing and windsurfing. Recently, I felt the urge to be more active again, so I started going to the gym and swimming at least twice a week.
8. What values do you live by?
Integrity and honesty as I’m always truthful to myself and to the other people.
9. Who is your greatest role model and why?
I really like history so I could name quite a few inspirational people. One of those is Colonel Pilecki, also known as “Auschwitz volunteer man”. He allowed himself to be arrested by the Germans and sent to the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz so he could get an insight of the conditions there. He is considered as one of the greatest wartime heroes for his efforts.
10. If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
My advice to my younger self is to have a dream but be patient and persistent. I always repeat to my kids that hard work leads to achieving your goals. The worst failure is when you give up and then realise how close you actually were.