Elena Patrusheva: Reaching for Success

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Elena Patrusheva, among Jabil’s Leading Quality Engineer and Employee Representative at Jabil Tver, Russia, shares some thoughts on how to achieve success as a female in the workplace. Through continuous self-improvement, Patrusheva has become confident in leading teams and successfully facing any new challenges sent her way.

What I value most is an open and friendly team. Jabil is a company that respects individuals, their work and has a modern approach to solving problems. All of this gives us a chance to be successful, even in the most extreme working environments.”

My Experience with Success in Russia

To be successful, you must strive for it by setting goals and working to achieve them. I always try to find harmony within myself, in my personal life and at work. Overall, I try to see more positive things than negative. In the past, I have frequently heard that women are not suited for or capable of performing certain types of work. I knew that I wanted to disprove those assumptions, so I went to college to study economics and engineering. The knowledge and self-confidence that I gained in college reassured me that I can apply for the same positions as men. I knew that success was achievable – I just had to aim for it!

Overcoming Challenges in the Workplace

During my first four months of being the Quality Management System department supervisor, I was responsible for implementing the requirements for the quality management standards. It was a big challenge, because I new to the position and I didn’t have prior experience with system implementations. I was nervous at first, but I took it step by step. I was extremely proud when our plant successfully passed the certification audit with no issues. It was a big responsibility, but it was very rewarding in the end. Ever since then, I am not afraid to be a leader.

My Advice for Success

First of all, believe in yourself and know exactly what you want. Set goals and try to reach them step by step, while always telling yourself, “I can do this.” Only persistence and determination can help you reach success.  It is important to identify your weak points and actively work on them. I performed a ‘strengths and weaknesses analysis’ to pinpoint my strong and weak points. Since then, I have been working on myself and I feel really comfortable in my own skin. I am constantly setting goals and reaching them, both in my professional and private life.

Elena Patrusheva is a Leading Quality Engineer and Employee Representative at Jabil Tver, Russia. In addition to her daily responsibilities, she also represents employees’ interest and provides effective cooperation between management and employees. Elena joined Jabil in the summer of 2009 during the beginning stages of Jabil Tver’s production. Her first position as a Process Controller allowed her to see the whole process from inside the manufacturing site. Through hard work and determination, she was given the opportunity to work in the Quality Department (Document Control Coordinator, Engineer/Leading Engineer). Her main responsibility was to study various standards (TL9000, ISO9001, ISO14001) and effectively introduce them into production. Elena earned a dual Master’s degree in Economics and Engineering from the Tver Technical University.

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