Michal W. is a Recruiter – she’s also a volunteer firefighter for the City of Brandon Fire Department! We’re proud to have her on our team and grateful for the important volunteer work she does with the fire department. Check out this clip and the Q&A below to read a day in the life of Michal!
What is your role at Interstates?
I am an Interstates Recruiter and I primarily recruit for our engineering team.
What did you go to school for (and where), and how did you get into your current profession?
Initially, I went to school for Secondary Education, Social Sciences, and Geography. However, my career journey took me somewhere else and I ended up in the Human Resources world.
How did you get into volunteer firefighting?
I currently volunteer for the City of Brandon’s Fire Department. When I first moved to the Sioux Falls area, I decided to live in Brandon. It was an interesting transition as I didn’t know anyone and didn’t have any friends in the community. During that time, I actually worked with the Brandon Fire Chief and he encouraged me to come see what volunteer firefighting was all about – the rest is history! Looking back, it was a great way to make connections in the area while also giving back to my community.
What do you like most about your job and volunteer firefighting?
I really enjoy my job! I love getting to be part of someone’s career journey and ultimately helping them build a career. Interstates has been amazing and the people here are really awesome – we are like one big family. Volunteer firefighting has allowed me to make some strong friendships and help people in my community.
What is the most challenging part of your job and volunteer firefighting?
The most challenging part about my job is finding the right fit. Not just the right candidate fit for us as a company, but ensuring that our company is a good fit for the candidate. There are a lot of different challenges that we come across at the Fire Department. However, our department trains several times a month and we rely on that training and each other to get through challenges that arise.
What keeps you going on tough days?
I have a great support system! Those people – coworkers and family – are always there when I need them most. That and a quick prayer helps tackle the day!
What advice would you give someone hoping to enter your profession or start volunteer firefighting?
For both my profession and volunteer firefighting, I would tell them to learn as much as you can and don’t be afraid to ask questions! Failure is not the end, it’s a learning opportunity. Be proactive and take on new challenges, collaborate with your team, and find yourself a good mentor.