Cultivating a Global Team

On September 25, 2018, in Careers/Human Resources, Corporate, by mdippel

Currently, Rogers Corporation has sixteen manufacturing locations and seven additional global sales offices spanning nine countries around the world. These locations boast a workforce of more than 3,400 employees. While these numbers are notable, they only tell part of the story.

Rogers is a truly global company, where we get to interact regularly with colleagues across the world.

“Working with colleagues in different regions of the world often brings different perspectives,” says Mike Brodeur, Senior Web Developer. “These different ideas, when brought together, quite often make our final solution more effective and well thought out.”

Mike’s observation is a sentiment shared throughout the company. “My role has me interacting across multiple continents on a daily basis,” says Sheryl Long, Senior Global Marketing Communications Manager. “I enjoy seeing so many people from different parts of the world and different cultures working together towards mutual goals.”

Our global manufacturing footprint means we can be responsive to customers in each region we serve. According to Steve Ubelhoer, North America Sales Director:

Local manufacturing increases options for customers. It means local production in the same time zone and often the same language for quicker answers, less transit time for materials when demand spikes, fewer worries about tariffs, taxes and customs and duplicate production capabilities for disaster recovery plans. In a world where customers are looking for suppliers to reduce their concerns, this is often a significant advantage for Rogers that our competitors cannot offer.

Not only does Rogers have a wide range of facility locations, but we also have career opportunities across numerous disciplines. From manufacturing and production to IT and finance, it takes a diverse workforce to keep Rogers moving forward. If this exciting and bustling global organization is something that you would enjoy being a part of, check out our current career opportunities.

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Do you have someone in your career who inspires you to achieve higher goals and expand your professional boundaries?  Someone who motivates you in challenging times? This week let’s discuss importance of mentors in your professional career and how to nurture successful relationships with your mentors.

Approaching someone about a mentoring relationship can be daunting.  After all, mentors are looked to for career direction, industry advice, motivation and much more.  It’s important to remember, though, that mentorship can be a very enriching and rewarding experience for all involved.  The key to finding such a successful relationship is choosing the person who will best fit your needs and personality.

In the workplace, an experienced employee can be an excellent mentor to a new colleague.  Experienced, however, doesn’t necessarily have to mean the employee who has been around the longest.  Finding someone you can relate to, and vice versa, can be a great first step toward approaching a potential mentor.  Consider approaching a colleague who has recently been elevated into a leadership position or moved to a different department.  This potential mentor can be an excellent adviser for your short-term goals.

When considering a mentor who can help you reach your long-term goals, try deciding what your ultimate career goal will be in five years, ten, and beyond.  Pair these goals with a colleague who has achieved them over the course of his or her career.

Once you have a colleague (or colleagues) in mind, the next step is to speak with him or her about becoming your mentor.  A good way to approach this conversation is to first consider what you plan to say.  Be sure to emphasize why you are asking this particular colleague.  For example, if your short-term career goal includes reaching a management position, consider beginning your conversation by citing how you respect your colleague’s management style and interpersonal skills.  If you aspire to one day direct your department, try initiating your request with a reference to your potential mentor’s organizational skills and leadership techniques.

Once you and your mentor have agreed to work together, it is helpful to establish a meeting schedule.  Often, your mentor will work in a different role or division, so it’s essential to make a time to meet regularly.  At first, you might prefer to meet weekly or monthly to give your mentor a chance to understand your regular work routines.  When you have accomplished this, you can reevaluate your schedule and adjust accordingly.

In order for both you and your mentor to get the most out of this relationship, it’s important to ask questions geared towards your career goals.  Rather than simply asking how your mentor achieved his position as department director, consider instead asking which attributes he most admires in a leader.  A general question like “How did you reach this career objective?” can prove to be very overwhelming to your mentor.  Think about rephrasing the question to “What was the most useful tool that helped you get started in your career?”  Asking these kinds of targeted questions can offer your mentor the direction he or she needs to best help you reach your career goals.

Mentorship can offer enriching experiences for both you and your mentor.  The opportunity to help you achieve your career goals can be very rewarding for your mentor, and mapping out your objectives can be very beneficial to your career.  Approaching the right person and asking targeted questions will generate a rewarding experience for everyone involved.

Do you have a suggestion for approaching a mentor?  Share it with us in the Comments section!  Be sure to follow Rogers Human Resources on Facebook and Twitter for more about mentorship and career tips.

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Lifelong learning is a key aspect of professional development throughout your career.  Methods of learning are frequently changing, but the idea behind them never will: when you learn something new, you gain knowledge and perspective that can be applied to everyday life.  One form of learning that is keeping pace with our changing world is e-learning and, more specifically, social media.

eLearning with Social Media

Expanding the Boundaries of Lifelong Learning with E-Learning and Social Media

Social media allows us to stay up-to-date with industry news and topics, connect with professionals in related fields, and share expertise with others.  In this second blog in the Professional Development series, we’ll discuss ways to get involved in online communities and their social media networks.

Online communities are great resources for professional development and there’s at least one great community for virtually every industry.  For example, AIChE’s ChEnected is a resource for young professionals in Chemical Engineering.

ChEnected hosts an active, engaging blog about issues in Chemical Engineering and how they impact ChE professionals.  With feature posts like “Young Professional of the Month,” interviews with industry leaders, product and book reviews and much more, this online community offers exciting perspectives on the field.

In addition, ChEnected provides many ways to stay connected through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, YouTube, and Flickr, and even take an online course in a variety of subjects related to Chemical Engineering.  You can also submit your own content to the site in the form of a blog, quiz, poll or video.

Within the microwave and RF industry, Microwave Journal is a comprehensive resource for engineers and other professionals.  In addition to a monthly magazine and daily e-newsletters, Microwave Journal hosts several industry blogs and a dynamic social media network.  Many MJ editors and representatives are active on Twitter, and the RF and Microwave group on LinkedIN is frequently updated with new discussions.

An excellent resource for women in engineering is the Society for Women Engineers.  SWE maintains an active social media presence, holds online chats, and offers news and information about seminars, events and scholarships for young women.

Using social media in the pursuit of e-learning is a great way to keep pace in a fast-paced world, technology and engineering in particular.  These tools provide the means to stay informed and connected to your industry, as well as to fellow professionals.

How do you use these tools?  Would you like to suggest a community not listed here?  Leave a reply in our Comments section!  You can find this and other articles in our Professional Development Series.

Be sure to follow Rogers Human Resources on Facebook and Twitter for the next blog in the series.

 

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Professional development is a life-long process of learning, networking and diversifying our knowledge base to better enrich our careers and our lives.  Throughout this series, we’ll look at several ways of developing and enhancing the professional experience.

American businessman Henry L. Doherty once said, “Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.”  In today’s technologically advancing world, there are many new and interactive ways to learn every day.  We can take courses online and read blogs on virtually every topic imaginable.

One useful method of e-learning is engaging with other professionals through social media.  Following a Twitter feed relating to your interests can offer new perspectives and updates tailored to professionals in your field.

In this way, individual social media networks can be very beneficial when expanding your knowledge about a specific topic.  For a wider range of topics, though, as well as for more diverse groups of professionals, online communities can be excellent networking tools.  Many online communities have a variety of ways to get involved from joining their social media sites, posting questions on forums, and live chats among members.  Just like going to an in-person event, you can gain valuable connections and relationships with industry professionals, an essential part of networking and professional development.

Taking part in industry networks and initiatives is another great tool for professional development.  There are national and international associations for most every profession, including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the International Association for Accounting Education and Research (IAAER), and many more.  Through  a membership to one or more of these types of groups, you can receive industry updates, events and materials related to your field, not to mention valuable connections to other professionals.

There are also many initiatives to get involved in, such as mentorship or STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) education.  Involvement can range anywhere from writing a blog article or attending an event or even simply following a group on social media.  This is a great way to not only develop professionally, but also to display interest on a personal level.

In future blog articles, we will further explore these and other aspects of professional development.  Please share your ideas for Professional Development with us in our Comments section.

And you can follow Rogers Career Center on Facebook and Twitter for more tips and information.

 

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2012 Engineers Week

2012 Engineers Week

Join Rogers Corporation February 19 – 25 as we celebrate National Engineers Week 2012.  The National Engineers Week Foundation was created in 1951 to promote interest and literacy in engineering and related fields.  For sixty years, National Engineers Week has been a special opportunity for companies, schools and universities to share the unique challenges and rewards of pursuing engineering education and careers.

This year’s theme is “Seven billion people.  Seven billion dreams.  Seven billion ways for engineers to turn dreams into reality.”

It is estimated that this year, the world population will rise to 7 billion.  We need engineers, now more than ever, to develop ways to help move our planet into a cleaner, healthier and more technological tomorrow.

To do this, we must spark interest and passion for learning in students of all ages.  The base of every engineering discipline begins with STEM: science technology engineering and math.

“Engineers Week celebrates the positive contributions engineers make to society and is a catalyst for outreach across the country to kids and adults alike.

Rogers is approaching this task in several ways.  We have shared several video interviews with Rogers employees and interns who specialize in various engineering fields.  In these video interviews, employees discuss their experiences at Rogers and interest in engineering.

We’re excited to announce that job shadowing is returning to Rogers Corporation!  In collaboration with a local STEM jobs association, CT STEM Jobs one student from a Connecticut university will shadow a Rogers engineer for a day.  In the coming months, we hope to invite more high school and college students to shadow Rogers employees, learning about real-world applications of engineering studies.

We are continuing to explore ways to promote STEM education and the pursuit of engineering careers.  If you have a suggestion for an event or activity, share it with us in our comments section.

Rogers Human Resources is on Facebook and Twitter!  Stay tuned for even more ways to get involved in National Engineers Week, along with ways to share engineering with a student in your community.


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