Developing With Dell Technologies: Zia's Experience as a MDP Buddy on a Global Team
Zia K. | Career & Site Analytics Lead | Boston, Massachusetts
Originally Published: March 17, 2023
What inspired you to become an MDP buddy?
Personally, I was asked if I wanted to be the MDP buddy for my team. It was a natural role for me to take on because I was going to be training our first MDP’er, which meant spending lots of time together during their first 30 days in the role. Before I came to Dell, I managed a team and was excited to get back into the flow of training, onboarding and being there for others on my team.
Can you share any success stories from your time as a buddy? How has your mentee grown and created a lasting impact over the course of their rotation due to your mentorship?
In my role, I manage the Dell career site and the analytics for our site. I’ve loved teaching our MDP’ers new skills, such as creating/publishing pages through a CMS (content management system), changing colors within HTML code, and embedding videos onto a page. I’ve also made it a point to teach transferrable skills, such as reading through performance and understanding what can be improved by following the story the metrics tell us. Lastly, one of the most important skills I’ve been able to teach is organization. I think having an organized inbox and understanding priorities is invaluable. I always encourage new ideas to continue improving our site and new ways of sharing employee stories. I have loved seeing our employee stories grow since the MDP role came to our team.
How does the Buddy Program support the ongoing development and career paths of MDP members in future rotations and after graduating the program?At the end of a rotation, our MDP’er either moves to another role or graduates from the program to move into a full-time role with the company. I support the ongoing development by reviewing the placement options or areas of the company they might be interested in and make suggestions based on where I think they would excel. By working so closely with someone, you get to see different strengths and potential areas for opportunity. I have a deep understanding of who they are and can help them navigate where they want to go within Dell. Of course, I want to stay in touch with everyone I work with to help professionally or personally in the future!
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