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Why Did I Become an Automotive Project Manager? – Marcos Eusebio

Marcos Eusebio is a member of the ProjectManagers.Org community. He shares his story on why he became an Automotive Project Manager in the following interview:

Why did you become a Project Manager?
Because, I am appreciating very much the interaction between teams and the direct contact with customer.

What work were you doing previously?
Before this role, I was head of quality and warranty departments, where I had extreme contact with customers and all departments in an organization.

What are you doing now?
Right now, I am project Manager responsible for Product global validation, special projects and I am working in very dedicate team responsible for a Italian-American automaker.

When was the moment you decided to make the change?
I decided to make this change when my ex-director invited myself in order to work together again with him, and based on the my skills and knowledge, he gave me this mission/ role.

Are you happy with the change?
The change was very positive and I am very happy about it.

What do you miss and what don’t you miss?
I am proudly to work and serve the organization in anytime, anything and anywhere.

How did you go about making this career move?
Achieving the internal targets, the customer satisfaction and training, training and training.

What didn’t go well? What ‘wrong turns’ did you take?
I am luck guy and I didn’t see big issues in the three sides of the coin or this game. I always counted and found very smart and dedicate people in my professional life. Some of cultural barriers passed by my way, however I see only as learned process.

How did you handle your finances to make your change possible?
I am a conservator in terms of the financial stuff. My grandfather always said “you should safe half of all, everyday”.

What was the most difficult thing about changing?
The idea of dedicate less time to my family.

What were other difficulties and how did you overcome them?
All difficult were overcome using passion, knowledge, experience, humor, relationship, patience and resilience.

What help did you get?
As I said,  I always counted with very professional people. When it wasn’t possible, I tried to support the lost sheep through all good conditions.

What have you learned in the process?
In all moments I enjoyed the learn of opportunity.

What do you wish you’d done differently?
I should had start earliest.

What would you advise others to do in the same situation?
As someone said: “Keep working. Keep striving. Never give up. Fall down seven times, get up eight. Without commitment, you’ll never start. But more importantly, without consistency, you’ll never finish. Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship, so keep moving, keep growing, keep learning. See you at work”.