Flexibility is Key
For our 50th anniversary, we set up a blog series where long-term CTG employees reveal what the ultimate lesson is that they have learned from working in the IT industry. This week Wim Goeleven, Senior Validation Manager at CTG Belgium and a loyal CTG employee for almost 18 years, explains his ultimate lesson learned.
I started working at CTG in 1999, and until now I have worked in three of the four main business units at CTG. Throughout all these years, I’ve learned that one of the most important skills is to be flexible.
To my personal opinion, a consultant only working within his own knowledge domain and comfort zone will have less chance to evolve and grow. At the beginning of my CTG career, I started as a programmer, became a tester and moved eventually into the field of regulatory compliance. As I do not have a pure technical background, by being flexible throughout these years, I gathered a diverse and multi-disciplinary experience within different roles at various sectors and customers. In reality, every customer and project is different. The methodologies used may differ from customer to customer, and a good consultant has to be able to adapt a new working method and environment each and every time. While some assignments can be long-term, others can be short-term, some assignments may require or allow remote work, others don’t. As such, a flexible working attitude is a valuable asset as well.