Life provides so many opportunities to people who have an eye for them.
In the first of a series of articles on our people, we speak to Andrew Mondy, a twenty-something American guy with a penchant for adventure. Coming from New England, USA, Andrew is part of our Technical Development Program (TDP). The TDP is a rotation-based IT program which enables participants to experience various aspects of IT work before choosing the right career path. Andrew is currently stationed in Malaysia, doing IT Project Management work.
What brought you to Liberty?
What brought me to Liberty was a combination of timing, opportunity, and location.
Timing-wise, the US economy was still reeling from the fallout of the ’08 recession which created a shaky job market, doubly so for recent college graduates. Liberty Mutual Insurance is a successful and established company with over 100 years of history, so the prospect of stability in a tumultuous time was attractive.
The opportunity that I’m referring to is the TDP. There is a catch-22 many new grads encounter while hunting for that first job out of college – you need experience to be hired, but you need to be hired to get experience. Liberty Mutual was willing to put trust in me despite not having years of experience, and invest in me through training and development in the TDP. That’s a rarity nowadays.
Add in the fact that the Liberty office where I was initially assigned to was not only 10 minutes from the beach, but also relatively close to friends and family back home, it was a done deal.
How do you find working at Liberty?
Working at Liberty has been a great experience. Liberty values its employees, and demonstrates that by creating individual development plans for each of us and providing on-the-job training in accordance to those plans. The part I like the most about my position is that I get to experience different areas of IT before deciding which area I want to specialize in, be it software development, business analysis, or project management.
The people at Liberty are the kindest people I’ve worked with – Liberty has a very friendly culture and it’s filled with people who want to help you, should you ask for it. The experience I’ve had so far is all I expected it to be and more.
What are your interests, and how do you maintain a work-life balance?
I enjoy traveling, hiking, musical instruments, working out, reading, discovering new music, and teaching myself new skills.
I maintain a work-life balance by separating the two, and by planning. This means leaving work at the office, and making a commitment to do something that I enjoy in the future. I feel my work life balance suffers the most when I don’t do anything in my free time, which makes me feel like that time was wasted. All of a sudden it’s Monday again, and I received no fulfillment from my weekend.
What exciting things does the future hold for you?
I always have difficulty answering questions like this but if somebody traveled back in time five years and told me that I would be working for an insurance company in Malaysia, I would have thought they were crazy. That being said, I’d say that the most exciting thing about the future is that it will be a surprise.
To find out more about the Technical Development Program and other programs at Liberty, please write to us.