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Learn, Grow, Repeat: Why People Who Value Learning Thrive at IBM

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(2 min read) By Chika Nakano

Shortly after coming home from Canada where I studied as an exchange student at the University of Regina, I started job hunting in Japan. My priority was to work for a diverse and global company where I could use both Japanese and English in a multi-cultural environment.

Initially, the IT industry was not my area of interest simply because I was not a tech person. IBM was a company I had heard of but knew very little about. During my job search, I learned that IBM is a global company with business and tech that could change the world so although I wasn’t sure how it would go, I decided to take a position with IBM.

In 2015, I joined IBM Japan as a Deal Manager with Quote to Cash (Q2C) Operations. The organization’s core mission was to support sales from Q2C, so it was known as a mini-IBM. As a new hire, I took sales training for 8 months to understand sales activity and learn how to support sellers.

As my organization transformed, my role changed to Proposal Content Writer in 2018. Since then, I have been writing proposals for Cloud and Watson deals. As a Proposal Writer, I have to understand both a customer’s pain points and IBM’s capabilities and solutions. This requires a depth of knowledge both in IBM’s products and in writing. I love my role getting to know the newest technology and using it to provide meaningful and valuable proposals to our customers.

Having spent over 4 years at IBM, my initial passion for working in a global environment never vanished but has grown even more. In addition to my work, I keep up my language skills by participating in various IBM programs. I applied for the Mentor-Mentee program to help IBMers in China improve their Japanese language skills. In 2017, I visited IBM’s Corporate Headquarters in Armonk, NY and did a presentation for the executives there. And this year, 2019, I joined Your Learning Visionary, a program for millennial IBMers to cultivate and spread learning culture to all IBMers. Through this program, I was able to co-work with millennials from all over the world.

At IBM, the door is always open for anyone who is willing to learn. That is why I call myself a proud IBMer!

 

About the Author: Chika Nakano is a Proposal Content Writer based in Tokyo, Japan. She joined IBM in April 2015 as a Deal Manager after getting her BA in International Relations at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. Apart from continuously learning, she is also passionate about design thinking, cooking, traveling, and aromatherapy.

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