Change, challenges and continuous career opportunities
Posted by Simon Poge
Where do you see your career in ten years’ time? Ten years and four exciting roles on and Project Manager, Simon’s career has been anything but boring. But we’ll let him tell you all about that…
What was it that initially attracted you to LV=?
The opportunities. Before joining LV= I’d worked in a number of support engineer roles in different sectors, including financial services. But, typically, after three to four years I’d reach a bit of a ceiling with no clear opportunities or pathways for progression. Right from my interview at LV= it was obvious that there would be interesting things for me to get involved in and room for development.
How have you progressed since joining LV=?
I started out as a Desktop Support Engineer at LV= in Croydon back in 2006. I was in that role for about 18 months before moving into Release, Asset and Configuration Management, where I spent about three and a half years developing my skills and learning new ones. I then started having conversations with my manager about next steps and expressed my interest in project management. He was really helpful, and I was lucky enough to be able to do a secondment as Project Manager before moving into the role permanently about four years ago. The encouragement from LV= has really supported me to progress and explore areas of the business that I’m interested in. You feel acknowledged for doing a good job in your current role and empowered to take on new opportunities.
What does your current role entail?
I’m currently a Project Manager in CIO Operations. We support and improve live systems, software and services. IT is at the heart of the business so I consider it a really important area to work in. From telephony upgrades to software updates, we’re delivering projects that impact lots of people so it’s crucial that the process is as smooth as possible. Naturally, it involves working to tight deadlines and there are challenges at times but the friendly atmosphere here and strong values definitely make my job easier. Working between Bournemouth and Croydon, LV= gives me the flexibility and trust to manage my own time, which I really like.
What do you love most about working at LV=?
There’s a few things that have kept me here for ten years! Firstly, the opportunities. I’ve never felt bored or stuck in my career because I’ve always had opportunities that I can grab hold of. I also love the balance between the friendly culture and great results. People work hard but it’s always recognised. When we finish a project, we’ll often be treated to a meal and drinks to celebrate together. Building – and maintaining – relationships is crucial to my role and I’m yet to come across anyone who’s unapproachable or closed to change. We all make time for one another and the people here really do make it such a great place to work.
Well, there are different levels of Project Manager at LV= which means you always have something to work towards. I’m currently a Project Manager two (PM2) so I’m working my way towards PM3 and I feel confident that I’ll achieve it in the next couple of years. I’m completing some professional accreditations that LV= are supporting me with. As things don’t stand still here and LV= is brave when it comes to adopting technological changes and introducing new things, there are always interesting projects to get involved in. I think the fact that so many people have worked here for such a long time, and continuously progressed, speaks volumes.
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