Quest is an international transfer program which connects Arcadians from all over the world. Quest is sponsored by the Lovinklaan Foundation. Every week we are highlighting one of the stories our employees who went on an exchange. In this blogpost we cover the Quest story of Muthukumaran Padmanaban who traveled from Banglore, India to Birmingham, UK.
Why did I apply for a Quest
“The quest for learning begins at home, continues in school and eventually also in the workplace “
The reasons behind my Quest was that I wanted to know and learn more about the different Arcadis business lines in UK. I was also very interested in trying to understand the differences in cultures which affects the way and styles of working in the UK lead team compared to the Bangalore GEC team.
Highlight of my quest experience
During my Quest, I participated in a relationship building exercise with my UK colleagues. I was told that this relationship building exercise improved communication tenfold within UK teams, which I found very interesting. Through these trainings we exchanged information and experiences. This got me interested in Building Information Modeling (BIM). BIM is a model-based tool that makes the planning and construction and design processes of construction building and infrastructure more efficient. As a result I am currently working towards my RICS BIM management certificate as suggested by my UK colleagues.
“All in all, it was a wonderful experience“
Learnings and experiences
The Quest has enhanced my technical and BIM skills further. As a result, I have been implementing my newly found knowledge in my current work, while also directing my colleagues in Banglore towards a better way of working.
Overall I believe the Quest has provided me with an excellent opportunity to gain and exchange knowledge. This has benefited both the UK and the teams back in India. I would definitely encourage more of my Arcadis colleagues from our Global Excellency Centres to apply for Quest.
The international transfer program Quest, which connects Arcadians from all over the world, is sponsored by the Lovinklaan Foundation.