We’re catching up with our previous “30 Under 35” winners to see where they are now and how their perspective has changed since being named one of the rising stars of the electrical industry.
Today, we talk with Erin Gabor, a 2014 honoree.
–>What is your current position?
Lighting quotes and project management at Caniff Electric
What has been the reaction from co-workers and people in the industry to your “30 Under 35” award?
Good, everyone has had positive things to say, and congratulate me.
What advice would you give young professionals about electrical distribution?
Learn as much as you can about the industry and the job. Everything is ever changing so it keeps things interesting. It can turn into a great career (not just a job). If you understand the job and material you sell, you will always be able to find a position.
What recruiting advice would you give companies when it comes to hiring great, young talent?
Experience is great, but should not be the first/most important thing offered. If they are young and fast learning you can mold them into a great employee with a ton of talent. Everyone has to start somewhere.
How important was your mentoring (and reverse mentoring) when it comes to furthering your career?
Very important, it’s not just about learning the product or computer skills. It’s is see how to take care of your customers correctly and get them what they need when they need it. Also learning how important it is to build good relationships with your customers.
What advice would you give to company leaders (c-suite) about working with Millennials?
Trust in their skills and ability to find a different way (that could be better) to get things done. There is not only one way to do things. As long as you get the same (correct) end result let them be themselves, and do the job their way.
What do you see in the future of electrical distribution when it comes to technology and business practices?
I see scanning material, on-line ordering, signing i-pads rather than paper. I see more electronic communication rather than verbal, and face to face contact. It is already moving in that direction, and Millennials are the force pushing everything in that way.
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