László Márton, a BA sudent from Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania who successfully completed the foRMAtion research management courses, is one of the 6 lucky students that can take part in the foRMAtion Mentorship Program.
As part of a blended mobility option, László has the opportunity to spend 6 weeks in the research support offices of SPI – Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação, a consulting firm in Porto.
In the next few weeks, he will share an online diary of his experience as a mentee and intern in research management.

Read his first entry below.

13 July 2022

The first week at SPI and in Porto brought me a lot of new and different kinds of experiences. It was something that I wouldn’t have been able to meet at home. I have never worked at such a company before, and I haven’t had the opportunity to visit Porto in this detailed way. I have been here before but just for one day. Now it is totally different: I have time to explore much deeper into the city’s life. I can experience Portuguese and local culture from Porto as well.  

Regarding my work at SPI… Everyday I hear and see something new related to project management. The very big picture of how this industry works already started to appear in my head after the first week. I have to say that the whole system is totally different from how I imagined it. I thought that it was about individual work for each project; I believed that, as a project manager, you have to do all the work on your own. Now I see that it’s much more sophisticated and this company, for example, works as an actual, very complex organism. It’s all about teamwork.

László Márton

The people I met so far seemed well prepared which is very important if you want to join such a pulsating work ecosystem

There are different departments which have their own type of tasks. Each department has its own team, where each member is like a cell in an organism. They have to work together, to collaborate and communicate well enough to make sure the projects don’t fall apart and each one delivers his/her personal part of the task.

These “pieces” of work have to come together at the end. This is why efficient communication between co-workers is essential. Thus, the company has a very simple but well built communication network. They use Skype to discuss non-formal and smaller issues and Outlook to share more formal tasks and requirements. Of course, the company provides all technical background needed, which is essential but not that obvious if I look at my homeland.

The people I met so far seemed well prepared, which is very important if you want to join such a pulsating work ecosystem. Because of their high competence and open attitude towards new employees, like me, I enjoyed many conversations not just about personal matters but also work-related, which gave me a lot of useful tips and advice as well.