On The Market is a new series where interview subjects choose themselves based solely on their pro-active communication.
Samuel Wondimu is On The Market!
What is your current company + job title/role, and why are you not intending to continue?
My most recent position was over the summer as a Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN Innovation Implementation Intern at their Stella Health Innovation Lab. Since it was an internship and I had to wrap up my degree, my time there had to come to an end. I had a wonderful experience with this team.
How long have you been there for and what was your objective/purpose?
I was there for three months and my primary purpose was to serve as support to various project teams. My primary project team was focused on services designed to support family caregivers.
What are your day to day responsibilities/goals? Any software languages or tools used?
My daily responsibilities revolved around supporting my manager by conducting market research, participating in strategy sessions, and analyzing UX design data.
During my time at Stella, I primarily used Excel for my daily duties, but throughout my time there I continued to strengthen my knowledge of Python and R in my free time. I hope to leverage these strengths in the future.
How effective would you say you were at filling the role and delivering on things?
Haha, of course, I am going to say I did a good job at delivering on my deliverables and filling the role. In all honesty, my position was brand new and had a lot of ambiguity considering the nature of the projects I was working on. I chose to face the ambiguity head-on by defining and redefining my weekly objectives. Every day would come with its challenges, but at the end of the day, with a little help from my team, I made the best of it and produced some great work for the team.
What have you learned during your time there?
I learned that the tech startup world is filled with a bunch of remarkable people and even more remarkable ideas. In addition, I improved my knowledge on how to manage client relationships. Stella also gave me a great example of what a well functioning team looks like.
How much experience overall do you have actively working within industry?
I have about 4 years in the healthcare industry. I was a Public Health Analyst Intern, a Medical Scribe, and an Innovation Implementation Intern. I’ve also spent nearly 200+ hours volunteering in HCMC’s ER as a Research Volunteer. In addition to all these experiences, I also received my degree from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Health Service Management which I believe gave me an excellent base knowledge of all the players in the healthcare system.
What do you consider your strengths?
I would say my strengths reside in my ability to learn and research complex topics/skills quickly, provide unique insights from my varied experiences in the healthcare industry, and my energetic curiosity.
How about any areas for improvement?
Since I am still early in my career, there are many things that I would like to improve upon. The first thing on my list to improve would be my network within the startup community in Minnesota. I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of all the interesting people in this community and I imagine that this is something I will strive to continuously improve upon. The other notable thing I would love to improve upon is my B2B sales skills.
If you could create your ideal next role, what does it entail?
My ideal position would involve an opportunity to do a deep dive into a particular topic with a lot of moving parts and a lot of deadlines. I like a challenge and the deadlines help push me to my limits.
What are you top three ‘dream companies’ to work for in Minnesota tech?
I am not really sure what my dream company in Minnesota would be. There are so many great organizations out there doing such great, innovative things. Though, there are particular traits that I do look for in a company and they include being small (having less than 100 people), having an idea I can fully endorse, and having a great, supportive team environment.
Are you seeking a full time w-2 position and when are you available to start?
I am seeking a full-time position, but I am also open to working part-time as well.
What is the best way to reach you?
Phone call, text, or email. I stay pretty well connected
Email: [email protected]
Is there anything else you would like to add?
TECHdotMN thank you for all the work you do! This organization really makes a difference in keeping this community well connected.
A letter of recommendation from Elise Maxwell, Samuel direct manager:
Sam is a thoughtful and insightful teammate. He worked as a summer intern on my project team focused on delivering innovative solutions to family caregivers. Sam independently dove into researching the current startups, organizations and online resources supporting family caregivers. He identified current pitfalls of the market and contributed his findings thoughtfully during team meetings. Sam thinks about complex topics from a variety of angles. He is incredibly open to feedback and willing to take on ambiguous challenges.