Today, we are going to get acquainted with Karl Demol, Junior Project Leader at Pauwels Consulting.
Karl: Certainly! I’m Karl Demol, 23 years old and I was born and raised in Tervuren. I currently live in Schaerbeek.
Karl: In my spare time, I like to play football, go for a run or work out at the gym. I also like going out with friends.
Karl: I graduated in Industrial Engineering from Group T in Leuven, and I also completed a Master in Management at KU Leuven.
Karl: I followed Sciences and Mathematics in high school so I wanted to continue in that direction. That’s why I chose Industrial Engineering.
The program offered me a perfect balance between theory and practice. It’s not a purely theoretical field of study. I like that.
I also wanted a basic knowledge of economics, accounting, management and marketing. Those topics were not really dealt with during my previous training. So I decided to follow the Master in Management as well.
Karl: At the moment, I’m a Junior Project Leader at Elia thanks to Pauwels Consulting. It’s my first professional work experience, actually.
Karl: During my last months as a student, I was already looking for my first job. I found the Pauwels Consulting website through Google.
Pauwels Consulting had posted some interesting jobs online, so I decided to submit my resume. During a first meeting with the recruiters we discussed my options, needs and wishes. And just a few weeks later, I started working as a consultant for Elia.
Karl: My first impression of Pauwels Consulting was very positive: a young, fast growing company that gives a lot of confidence to the people they recruit.
Karl: Yes, it did. Pauwels Consulting kept contacting me until they found the right job. That’s how I got my project at Elia. As a company, they continually strive for innovation as well.
Karl: Sure! As Junior Project Manager at Elia, my main task is to lead projects for the construction of underground high-voltage power lines.
Our goal is to ensure that the high-voltage power lines will be operational on time within the proposed budget and that they can be employed in accordance with the ruling regulations.
Karl: My responsibilities are quite diverse, actually. I make plans and determine budgets, I select contractors and study partners, I get in touch with all stakeholders and keep them informed and I organize meetings.
Karl: This kind of project usually takes two to three years, depending on the length of the power line and the complexity of the project.
Karl: Every project is different, so there is a lot of variation. I also get in touch with many and very different people. That’s quite interesting as well. For a Junior, I also get a lot of responsibility, which is really nice.
Karl: Planning is very important because you are simultaneously working on different projects.
In general, I learn a lot of things that will be useful for future projects. The expertise I’m gaining at the moment – by taking the lead on projects at Elia – will be incredibly valuable in the future.
Karl: I would like to be manager of a team of project managers one day, preferably a function with a strong focus on management skills.
Karl: Certainly! I really like this quote, for example:
If no one thinks you can, then you have to.
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