Having worked in business for the majority of my career and as a newcomer to BC Hydro, I was unsure what to expect entering a rotation in Engineering, Aboriginal Relations and Generation. In general, since I had just finished my MBA, I had was excited and nervous to begin my career here in Vancouver. Would this new graduate business degree make a significant difference in my post-mba job? I was pleasantly surprised at the diversity of experiences I gained during this rotation. From managing a $3.3 million Capital project to developing an Organizational Impact Assessment for a large project aimed at improving Project Delivery practices and processes, I wore many hats in this role – each one an entirely different style and colour! I was fortunate to work with two amazing project teams and a manager who provided mentorship, coaching and overall, a great introduction to BC Hydro.
One of the most important takeaways from this rotation was a new found respect for safety, one of BC Hydro’s core values. By the end of my first management rotation, I had developed a great appreciation and respect for safety not only in my professional life but almost my personal life. As an example, I was replacing a light bulb the other day and couldn’t help but mentally brainstorm the safety hazards associated with the job and how to properly mitigate them. I think of safety as a sixth sense – one that grows keener as I spend more time with BC Hydro. Now THAT is something you don’t learn in the MBA!
- Read the introduction to Lindsay’s story – Vancouver MBA, MPID, and Olympic Secondment
- Read about Lindsay’s 2nd rotation in an organizational change and impact assessment role
- Read about Lindsay’s decision to enroll in the SFU MBA program
- Read about Lindsay’s Olympic Secondment and her plans beyond Vancouver 2010
- Read Lindsay’s Vancouver Olympic – MBA Poem
- Learn more about the BC Hydro Managers and Professionals in Development (MPID) Program