Rebecca Danielson is a mechanical engineer in design and construction and works as Group Manager at Knightec in Uppsala and Stockholm.
“By coaching employees, I develop my leadership skills”
In her work, Rebecca visits many Knightec customers to find suitable assignments for the company’s engineering consultants. The role of group manager is also to ensure that employees are constantly developing and enjoying their assignments.
– I already knew when I studied mechanical engineering that I wanted to work with project management and therefore, chose to study extra courses in the field. After my degree, I worked as a product engineer at IKEA for a few years and felt that connecting people and technical responsibility was what I wanted to do.
When Rebecca saw that Knightec had an opening for a project manager in Uppsala, she contacted the company at once. After just a few weeks at the company, she had, together with her manager, created a development plan for what she would do in the short and long term.
– I appreciate that I was asked early if I wanted to play a leading role at Knightec in the future. I was not qualified then, but we set goals pointing that way.
The flat organization makes it quick and easy to talk with both managers and employees – to share experiences and knowledge that may be useful to the projects. There are great opportunities to influence your own work, both as leaders and employees, which is very rewarding.
– Through coaching employees and helping them in their development, I grow as a leader.
Rebecca’s advice to students is to gain a broad experience and avoid specializing too early. She thinks that you should try as much as possible and be open to different assignments.
-If you want to be a project manager, it is better to start with different tasks and gain knowledge from different stages of the project. Take product development for example; if you have been involved in the entire chain from concept idea to production of finished products, you will understand where you will do the best work best and how you can work effectively with cross-functional teams.