In our series ‘Pauwels People’, new colleagues introduce themselves and talk about their first few months of working at Pauwels Consulting and our clients. Today, we are going to get acquainted with Tinne Mans. Tinne has been working as a Records Management Analyst at Pauwels Consulting for the past 10 months.
Tinne, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Tinne: Of course! My name is Tinne Mans and I have lived in the Campine for thirty years. My great love is horse riding. All that I need to get the weekend off to a flying start is a cowboy hat and a cosy campfire! However, when the summer arrives and the mercury rises, all I need is a beach, some palm trees and a refreshing dip in the water (laughs).
What is your professional background?
Tinne: After graduating as a primary school teacher, I taught for a year in a school. Unfortunately, as a new teacher, I couldn’t find a permanent post immediately. So after a year, I decided to pursue a different career. I got a job as a Packaging Development Reviewer at a pharmaceutical company, where I assessed packaging design.
How did you end up at Pauwels Consulting?
Tinne: The company I was working for carried out corporate restructuring. So, I found myself looking for a new challenge. While searching online, I came across an interesting vacancy at Pauwels Consulting.
What was your first impression of Pauwels Consulting?
Tinne: I used to think consulting firms only took on people with very specific skills or a certain degree. Even so, I wanted to keep all my options open while I was looking for new work. So I applied to Pauwels Consulting. I was invited to an interview and was pleasantly surprised at the number of opportunities that the recruiter and account manager thought were suitable for me. My first potential assignment didn’t go ahead in the end, but Pauwels Consulting carried on actively searching for another opening for me. That led to my current project.
Where do you work now?
Tinne: I currently work as Records Management Analyst at Janssen Pharmaceutica, where I give advice on all the issues related to archiving. My team trains the company’s employees on saving both hardcopy and electronic documentation in line with applicable retention schedules, laws and company regulations. In addition, my team gives advice on the commissioning and decommissioning of applications used worldwide in J&J.
“My colleagues and manager have been giving me fantastic guidance.”
Can you sum up your experiences over the first few months?
Tinne: I found the first few months very instructive. The work is very varied and there are many subactivities. So it’s impossible to learn everything in one go. My colleagues and manager have been giving me fantastic guidance. Although I don’t see my colleagues at Pauwels Consulting every day, the contact we have runs very smoothly too.
Pauwels Consulting is a major player and growing rapidly, yet they have managed to preserve the personal touch. For example, my account manager pays me regular visits, during which any issues can be discussed immediately. HR matters are also followed closely, which is important for me because the office in Ghent is quite a long way away. Furthermore, Pauwels Consulting really does its best to get everyone together regularly. There are lots of parties, family days, after-work activities, bike rides and other events for colleagues and family alike.
What have you learned in the past months?
Tinne: Lots. As I said, my work includes plenty of subactivities. I already had some experience with the basics of a pharmaceutical company, but I’ve learned all my core tasks on the job. These range from helping prepare retention schedules to protecting business-critical files and from managing archiving processes to conducting internal audits. And every day I learn something new. Pauwels Consulting has even already given me the opportunity to get some extra training.
Is there anything in particular you’d like to share with our readers?
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know it when you find it.”
That is what Steve Jobs once said and the message is clear: find a job you love doing, that will be reflected in the way you do it.
Well said, Tinne. Thank you very much for this interview and all the best of luck with your projects!