David Walson is a Senior Project Manager at one of the first independent software companies. However, he has another key role in the organization – to be the main mentor in the training programs for trainee project managers.
For the last 5 years over 220 young people have passed through them. David Walson is also an Ambassador of Knowledge Sharing at Management Solutions Ltd. and outside the company as an external speaker at dozens of high schools and universities, as well as at international conferences such as PyCon Balkan and HackConf.
– How did you find the desire to train and pass on knowledge in project management?
– It is natural, when someone accumulates knowledge, to want to pass it on to others. At one point, I realized that I could save a lot of time for people by sharing some important things with them. They will find them one way or another – good or bad. But I can greatly simplify this process.
– Is this a mission and what makes you do it?
– I am a hereditary programmer, my parents have always been in the industry. Along with them, I met many other software specialists who were my mentors. Maybe that’s why I want to return this kindness by helping other people. It sounds idealistic, probably even cliché, but I want to leave the world better than I found it. I love seeing other people succeed. And if I have contributed even a little to their success, I feel satisfied.
– You have been training young people in project management for years. Is there a difference between the generations who want to enter the IT sector?
– I have not noticed much difference between the generations. All young people join in inspired, full of great idealism and big dreams. There are those who come better prepared because information technology was interesting to them, they did it as a hobby. They know more, but that doesn’t always make them good professionals. Because 20 years ago there were applications written by one person, and now such a thing is impossible. Today, in addition to technical skills, communication with others and teamwork are important.
– And if you have to draw a parallel with yourself at their age?
– It seems to me that young person today much earlier than I begin to plan what they will do this year, next, and so on. The good thing is that many of them have an adequate assessment of themselves and the ability to navigate more easily in today’s world.
– What is the most important thing you want the young people to learn from the project management training?
– I focus on the business roles, processes, organizational and communication side of the work in the IT company, and the acquisition of specific technical skills is taken care of by other talented colleagues. However, I believe that our common goal is one – these young and talented people to believe in themselves, to like each other. To know that the development of their lives depends on their efforts. If they achieve such confidence, it will serve them for a lifetime. I think this is our most important task.
– When do you know that you did a good job?
– It is always interesting to see how young people face a serious problem. And they have two options – to give up or to fight. I am happy when they choose the latter – it means that they are literate and conscious enough to know how to act or what to ask to take a step forward. When you see from their expression that they have guessed the right move, then you know that you have done what is necessary for them to know and can do enough to believe in themselves.
– What makes the training in Management Solutions Ltd and the philosophy for knowledge transfer in the company special and different?
– We are among the first software companies to launch such educational initiatives. And today this distinguishes us, we have extensive experience and everything happens very smoothly with us. We strive for the trainees and students we work with to feel accepted and not to feel the distance between themselves and their mentors, because for us it is an obstacle. Another feature is that here we are building an environment in which young people feel accepted, they are not afraid to make mistakes, there is no tension. No one will cut them, ridicule them, humiliate them. Each of us has experienced such a moment in life or at school. When in a flying environment, people can fly.
We, the mentors who deal with young people, do it of our own free will. This is encouraged, but not imposed by the company, but is an individual conviction. And that is exactly why the mentors in Management Solutions Ltd give their best, we are looking for feedback in order to get better and better.
– Where is the intersection between educational institutions and business in the development of IT professionals? Do you have to study at university to be a good specialist?
– There are undoubtedly intersections, but there is still a lot of work to be done to deepen the connection between business and education. When we meet with young people, we help them to have a much clearer idea of what the different professions in the IT sector are and what they can expect. The business has a huge potential and desires to participate in the learning process at all stages and I believe that at the level of educational policy in the country will still seek solutions to include our energy and experience. Because it is clear that this is the win-win model of the future.
Otherwise, I strongly believe in the need for a quality university education. Of course, a specialist could develop without one, but it helps a lot.
– 90% of the interns remain at work in Management Solutions Ltd. What makes them stay with you?
– Most stay because they quickly realize that Management Solutions is full of people who want you to succeed. Each colleague has his own approach, but in reality, our goal is the same – to help others move forward and see how they achieve more.
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