Being part of a very small team meant that I got involved in a variety of areas and had a big responsibility. I was in charge of expanding the robot capability through both software and hardware by providing the user with more programmable features as well as sensors. I also worked on writing documentation and guides for users. My role was primarily technical but I also got involved in other areas, such as logistics and business planning. Here are the lessons I learned.
1. You have to keep tryingBefore I got the offer to work with Robotical, I have applied to over 30 companies. Going through this process and getting multiple rejections can be very discouraging but I have learned that resilience is a key quality for success. This is a quality that I needed again during the course of my work, which involved a lot of experimentation and iteration, most of which did not work but with each failure I became one step closer to finding a solution.
2. “I’ll do it!”
3. How you say something can be just as important as what you are sayingOne of the most important lessons that I have learned on my placement is the importance of communication and how to tailor information to your audience. This audience can be your fellow team members, your customers or even your suppliers. Understanding how each member of your audience work and perceive information can be critical to the success of the task. I have learned this lesson through writing guides for different users. This involved understanding the different users’ backgrounds in order to provide them with information that they can understand and easily follow.
4. You can’t measure success if you don’t define it
Working for Robotical has been a very rewarding experience. It has allowed me to put my technical skills in a business context and to understand the importance of non-technical aspects, such as marketing and logistics. The placement has also helped me apply and develop my leadership skills. I view this opportunity as a vital part of my Engineering education and a springboard to further development.
Photo credits: Scottish Enterprise/Rob McDougall