Through a Short Term Assignments program, selected employees at Volvo Financial Services (VFS) have the chance to work in a VFS office in another country for 1-6 months. The Short Term Assignments program promotes employee personal development and enables best practice sharing across VFS Regions, countries, and functions.
Employees participating in Short Term Assignments travel to an assigned function in a different country than their own. Once there, employees are able to broaden their network, learn about the business from a new perspective in a hands-on way, and share knowledge across countries. This strengthens employees' skills and VFS overall as a cross-cultural, collaborative and high performing organization.
VFS employees Peter Jia, Clara Tang and Mar Alonso Fraile recently participated in the short term assignment program, benefiting both personally and professionally from the experience. Here are Peter, Clara and Mar’s reflections:
In November 2012, Peter Jia, went to VFS Japan to participate in a month-long Short Term Assignment.
"My Short Term Assignment taught me to adapt to different ways of working and the importance of collaboration,” says Peter. “It offered me the opportunity to gain a deeper industrial insight from a developed market.”
In June 2012, Clara Tang participated in a Short Term Assignment with VFS Australia for three months.
Working with a new, diverse group in VFS Australia allowed Clara to learn about the business as she developed personally.
"Working in the Australian office gave me the opportunity to talk with credit and sales professionals, and I learned about the detailed transaction flow from customer to finance,” says Clara. “After having the experience of working with a local market, I adapted our regional report to accommodate the needs of not only regional management, but also local business."
Mar Alonso Fraile
For six months in 2012, Mar Alonso Fraile participated in a Short Term Assignment with VFS China.
Mar applied what she learned in VFS China, including new skills in credit assessment analysis, to her work in VFS Spain. The Short Term Assignment also provided Mar a broader global perspective, which she applies to her professional and personal development.
"Apart from the great professional experience, the challenge of living in a foreign country helped me develop personally as well," says Mar. "I had the opportunity to dive into a new culture and expand my networking contacts around the world."