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In our series ‘People of Pauwels Consulting’, our colleagues introduce themselves and talk about how they experience working at Pauwels Consulting and with our clients.
Today, we are going to get acquainted with Karl Demol, Junior Project Leader at Pauwels Consulting.
Hello Karl, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Karl: Certainly! I’m Karl Demol, 23 years old and I was born and raised in Tervuren. I currently live in Schaerbeek.
What do you do in your spare time?
Karl: In my spare time, I like to play football, go for a run or work out at the gym. I also like going out with friends.
What did you study?
Karl: I graduated in Industrial Engineering from Group T in Leuven, and I also completed a Master in Management at KU Leuven.
Why did you choose these studies?
Karl: I followed Sciences and Mathematics in high school so I wanted to continue in that direction. That’s why I chose Industrial Engineering.
The program offered me a perfect balance between theory and practice. It’s not a purely theoretical field of study. I like that.
I also wanted a basic knowledge of economics, accounting, management and marketing. Those topics were not really dealt with during my previous training. So I decided to follow the Master in Management as well.
What is your professional background?
Karl: At the moment, I’m a Junior Project Leader at Elia thanks to Pauwels Consulting. It’s my first professional work experience, actually.
“My first impression of Pauwels Consulting was very positive: a young, fast growing company that gives a lot of confidence to the people they recruit.”
How did you get in touch with Pauwels Consulting?
Karl: During my last months as a student, I was already looking for my first job. I found the Pauwels Consulting website through Google.
Pauwels Consulting had posted some interesting jobs online, so I decided to submit my resume. During a first meeting with the recruiters we discussed my options, needs and wishes. And just a few weeks later, I started working as a consultant for Elia.
What was your first impression of Pauwels Consulting?
Karl: My first impression of Pauwels Consulting was very positive: a young, fast growing company that gives a lot of confidence to the people they recruit.
Did your first impression match the reality of everyday business at Pauwels Consulting?
Karl: Yes, it did. Pauwels Consulting kept contacting me until they found the right job. That’s how I got my project at Elia. As a company, they continually strive for innovation as well.
Can you tell us a bit more about your current projects?
Karl: Sure! As Junior Project Manager at Elia, my main task is to lead projects for the construction of underground high-voltage power lines.
Our goal is to ensure that the high-voltage power lines will be operational on time within the proposed budget and that they can be employed in accordance with the ruling regulations.
What are your responsibilities during this project?
Karl: My responsibilities are quite diverse, actually. I make plans and determine budgets, I select contractors and study partners, I get in touch with all stakeholders and keep them informed and I organize meetings.
What are the timelines of this project?
Karl: This kind of project usually takes two to three years, depending on the length of the power line and the complexity of the project.
What do you like about this kind of work?
Karl: Every project is different, so there is a lot of variation. I also get in touch with many and very different people. That’s quite interesting as well. For a Junior, I also get a lot of responsibility, which is really nice.
What did you learn during this project?
Karl: Planning is very important because you are simultaneously working on different projects.
In general, I learn a lot of things that will be useful for future projects. The expertise I’m gaining at the moment – by taking the lead on projects at Elia – will be incredibly valuable in the future.
What are your personal ambitions for the future?
Karl: I would like to be manager of a team of project managers one day, preferably a function with a strong focus on management skills.
Do you have any wisdom, quotes, life lessons you wish to share with our readers?
Karl: Certainly! I really like this quote, for example:
If no one thinks you can, then you have to.
Thank you very much for this lovely interview, Karl. I wish you all the best for the future!
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