Twice annually, we have the wonderful opportunity to celebrate and recognize employees that have been promoted into a new role. And did you know that studies show the best way to get to know an organization is to learn about their employees? Well, I’m here to make that easy for you with #ProtivitiPromos – our month-long series that enables you to get to know our promotes from around the world.
Today, we meet Michelle. Michelle’s career has taken her all over the world, from South Africa to New York and now the U.K. After relocating to London with her husband Brandan in 2016, she joined Protiviti. Outside of the office, she enjoys traveling, going on bike rides, hiking, and participating in family MasterChef cooking contests with her husband and two young sons, Asher and Matthew.
We took some time to catch up with Michelle.
When it comes to building your career, what piece of advice would you offer?
“There is no need to feel constrained to one predefined path in order to a successful career. Diverse experiences are enjoyable and provide healthy perspective. I have pursued a number of different routes during my career, including working in multiple solution lines and project types while at a large consulting firm, and a stint doing consulting work for non-profit organizations. This helped me explore what I like to do, what I’m good at, and what I want to work on in the future. Plus, it allowed me to work in different countries and meet many different kinds of people.”
What achievement or contribution are you most proud of?
“I’ve been privileged to mentor many colleagues. Helping people grow professionally is an aspect of my role that I really enjoy, and I take great satisfaction in seeing colleagues develop and do well. I’m also proud of the fact that I’ve stayed true to my belief of focusing on people first (whether my colleagues, my family, or myself), and it has not hindered my success in any way.”
At Protiviti, we love a little inspiration. What are some words of wisdom that have been impactful to you throughout your career?
“One, there is always time. Ambition and patience are needed to build a fulfilling and successful career. And two, my team motto for eight years was ‘Do not go it alone.’ Clients often have complex problems they expect us to help with, and they and we benefit from the best team!”