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All the projects I worked on as an intern helped me understand Michelin better

There are lots of ways to start a career in Michelin, and there are lots of ways to continue to develop it, once you are inside the company. In this series of interviews, we’re exploring a few career stories so that you can get to know our colleagues, our workplace and maybe even draw some inspiration from their experience.

We start with Bianca-Ioana Soare-Grigoras, who began her journey in Michelin as an intern, then went on to become a full-time member of the Finance team, as a Business Support Controller.

At first, you applied to become a Michelin intern. How did you find out about the internship?

I found out about the internship on an online job platform, Hipo.ro. I think I can say that Hipo has been my friend in finding interesting experiences and developing my career. Honestly, I didn’t know very much about Michelin at the time, but I did my research and found out more information after I was called in for an interview.

What was the recruiting process like?

I can say I came “with the homework done”, knowing many things about Michelin and having experience in finance. The recruiting process was fairly long, including a test and two interviews with an HR responsible and the Finance manager. The fact that all the persons I met during this process were friendly and funny made me want this internship even more.

Bianca-Ioana Soare-Grigoras, Business Support Controller, Finance

After all this period working from home, I miss the office, my colleagues, the meetings and team-buildings.

Bianca-Ioana Soare-Grigoras, Business Support Controller, Finance
What were your expectations when you joined Michelin?

After the interviews, I expected to find in Michelin friendly people and a good team spirit, a casual environment and great experiences. Well, what I really found exceed all my expectations, because in Michelin I grew, I developed personally and professionally, and I can say I had (and I still have) that great experience in my career. Also, in Michelin I made new friends, real friends - those people that you can count on anytime, to talk all day long, to go out and party. And regarding the workplace, well, even in the stressful closing days you can feel well and relaxed in the office. After all this period working from home, I miss the office, my colleagues, the meetings and team-buildings.

What were your main activities during your internship?

During my internship I was working in Finance, with a focus on Accounts Payable and Account Receivable. I verified and registered invoices and I made accounting reconciliations on different accounts. Also, I had the possibility to work in other teams in Finance, if someone needed me, such as the Costing or Credit teams. The opportunity to be involved in different activities during my internship helped me improve my skills and knowledge in the domain and advance inside the company.

Bianca-Ioana Soare-Grigoras, Business Support Controller, Finance

The opportunity to be involved in different activities during my internship helped me improve my skills and knowledge in the domain and advance inside the company.

Bianca-Ioana Soare-Grigoras, Business Support Controller, Finance
What surprised you once you started working (something that maybe you weren’t expecting)?

The community that I found in Michelin surprised me the most. People in Michelin were friendly with me from the first day and my team helped me integrate quickly. I didn’t expect to find such a “family” here, many colleagues who are friends outside the working hours. They also became my friends; we talk almost daily, and we visit each other from time to time. What I liked most was that, no matter the position - manager, senior, junior or intern - we are all Michelin employees and we have the same benefits and opportunities, and everyone is friendly and funny.

What did you learn from your internship?

I learned that I should take advantage of every new opportunity that can help me grow and develop my skills. I learned to be more careful, attentive to details and more involved in different projects and actions, even if those weren’t in my field and activity. Also, I learned to help other colleagues in need as much as I can, to be a good team member and a friendly person, because in Michelin we are a family and we help each other.

Bianca-Ioana Soare-Grigoras, Business Support Controller, Finance

I realized that all the work and projects in which I had gotten involved during my internship had helped me to understand various activities inside the company, even if those had not been part of my regular tasks.

Bianca-Ioana Soare-Grigoras, Business Support Controller, Finance
How did you make the transition from an intern role to a full-time team member?

After my graduation, I talked with my manager to see if I can find a full-time position in Michelin. I searched for internal opportunities and one of the interviews I obtained was in the Costing team. After a few days, I was accepted for that position. I realized that all the work and projects in which I had gotten involved during my internship had helped me to understand various activities inside the company, even if those had not been part of my regular tasks.

What advice would you give to a student looking to start his/her career?

Take the opportunity, that is the only way you can find out what you like and what’s important for you. Also, get involved in different activities that can contribute to your development and give you the experience and satisfaction that you were part of a project. And last but not least, be a friendly and helpful person, a good colleague - that person your colleagues can count on.

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