Before his stint in AEV, Miguel Marzo was a Financial Analyst in the Finance & Energy Accounting team of AboitizPower where he was involved in Oracle database management, and the design and implementation of finance policy, systems and processes. the adrenaline rush of bigger challenged beckoned for him. He responded and made the big move using the BetterMe program.
What made you decide to explore other options outside of your business unit?
I had been with AP for a number of years and I felt that it was time to look for opportunities elsewhere.
How did you understand the role you were considering?
I had a talk with my former boss and he connected me to Mia and Champ of AEV HR. Through their endorsement, I got to talk with the team leader of the role I was considering. I asked the team leader about the details like what the job really entails, what the team does, and how I can add value to the team.
How did your team leader support you?
I may not have had a long working history with my team leader as she came in late last year, but when I told her about my desire to move, she shared with me her observations about my analytical ability and potential. She said it would be a loss to the team but since the move would help hone my skills further in that area, she encouraged me to explore. She also gave me tips on how to make a smooth transition.
How did you prepare for the new role?
I assessed my strengths and areas for development based on my track record (what I’ve accomplished). I also talked to my former boss and to the team leader of the role I was considering if they thought I could be a good fit [for Strategy]. Aside from that, I’m also retooling myself by enrolling in the CFA program.
What are you looking forward to in your new role? What do you hope to achieve?
I’m looking forward to learning new things, taking on a different perspective and growing my skill set. Definitely, my new role as a Research Analyst broadly differs from my old Financial Analyst role. I will perform in the best way possible to be able to add value to the team.
What advice would you give to people who are thinking about exploring career opportunities in the Group?
Know what you want and go for it. You’ll never know the outcome of an action unless you try it, it may even turn out to be a bad decision in the long run, but that’s still better than wondering what could have happened.