Willem Verbiest, Vice President, Nokia
The other day I had the opportunity to get in touch with Pabiola Dushi, a young brilliant Albanian student, to be submersed in our daily business environment. She was selected to participate in Leaders-for-a-Day initiative organised by Junior Achievement organisation, whose purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
At first I thought what I do in my everyday: reading emails, writing documents, sitting in on lengthy conference calls…and that it could be really boring for a 19 year old student. However, I gave it a try, dragging Pabiola in my daily rat race, and getting her involved in part of the various meetings I had. I let her to read and to review the documents I was writing, and taking her in a brainstorm with my boss on the future of 5G.
At the end of the day it was a pleasant experience for both for us. I had the opportunity to debrief with Pabiola, and at least I gave her a good – and after all not so boring - perspective on what we are doing in our daily life in the telecoms industry.
I always love to get in contact with brilliant youngsters. They ask those questions that put you off-guard, and give you another perspective on the daily job and industry.