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Employee Story

Kam

QA Engineer

Kam Khela
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Leaving university in the summer of 2015 as a mechanical engineering graduate, I was unsure of exactly where I wanted to end up. I loved learning about machinery and the systems behind it, but I found it difficult to narrow down my passions into a job role.

After a few opportunities that did not work out, a good friend referred me to Expleo (SQS back then); the two of us had conversations about the future of engineering, and how software was increasingly underpinning the practice in almost every aspect. That’s when I realised this movement is something I wanted to be a part of – and Expleo could be a great way into the industry.

Expleo’s graduate programme has given me a strong foundation to build my career, I am still learning every day!

I spent some time researching the company, what roles they offered and before long I had made my application. Fast forward four years and Expleo has taken me from a new graduate to a qualified Quality Assurance professional and I have learned so much in that time. I have worked with four major clients – big household names which my friends and family knew of. And I have travelled to some amazing places too; the highlight being a 4 week trip to South Africa to complete my ISTQB training qualification.

Expleo’s graduate programme has given me a strong foundation to build my career. It has helped me to understand the context and importance of quality in multiple aspects. It was fast-paced; we had to learn a range of things very quickly, from technical skills to people skills and adapting to new ways of working and cultures. However, being surrounded by a team of grads who later became great friends, along with a supportive career coach, meant that this was a time of huge growth for me both personally and professionally.

Even today, I am still learning. I believe this is one of the biggest benefits of being a consultant; you have exposure to a range of companies with varying missions and are constantly learning on the job, thinking on your feet to solve different challenges. At Expleo, as our client needs change, we adapt. I’m currently undertaking a Quality Engineering Enablement (QEE) programme, which allows me to cross-skill within my role and be involved in an even broader range of client projects.

I am excited for what the future holds for me and would advise anyone in the same position as myself 4 years ago to take a chance and be a part of this movement.

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What is your name and your role and how long have you been working at Expleo?

This year I’m celebrating my 12th year at Expleo. I started my career at Expleo as a Quality Auditor contractor, and then was offered a Staff position in the Life Cycle Management team, where I became a Deputy Team Lead, after which there was another promotion opportunity to an Engineering Manager, and later I was able to join our Marine division where I currently work.

Where and how long did you serve in the armed forces?

I served in the Air Force just shy of 25 years. I started my career as an Aero Engines Mechanic. My first posting was at Brize Norton working on VC 10s, Tri Stars & Hercules Aircraft. Then I went on to a technician’s course and became a Junior Technician, and then progressed into a leadership position as a Sergeant. I left the Air Force as a Senior Non-commissioned Officer.  

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Rob in 2022 post remembrance parade in his local village. Remembrance day is very important to serving and veterans of the forces as it gives a chance to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country

What challenges did you have after leaving the Armed Forces?

My main challenge was worrying about Job Security. My manager was very supportive when I was still a contractor at Expleo and he transferred me over from contractor to permanent staff. I remember the conversation I had with him about the opportunities for secure job security and promotion.

And he said: “At Expleo, opportunities are out there for you, so go and get them”. And he was right, there are plenty of opportunities at Expleo. You just have to seize them. And every time I saw an opportunity at Expleo, I just went for it. 

I transferred a lot of my skills over to Expleo. For instance, the aircraft and engine experience, experience in fault diagnosis, and more in-depth engineering project management and of course my leadership & Management Skills 

How did Expleo help you to transition into your civilian job?

I found it quite an easy transition, as there were a lot of ex-forces colleagues within Expleo when I joined, some of which I knew already. For those that didn’t have a military background they were equally as welcoming.

How do you feel Expleo allows you to use your expertise you gained during your service?

Expleo gave me the freedom to use my transferable skills that I gained in the Air Force. My manager and colleagues had an open mindset for my ideas. I could bring those ideas into the office and illustrate how they could be implemented within a business setting They very much welcomed my ideas about improvements, and there is always an open environment for sharing ideas and previous knowledge. I also completed an Expleo Leadership Management course, which differed to the one I had in the Air Force. Combining the two gave me a much more rounded leadership and management mindset.

How do you connect with other members of the Armed Forces Community at Expleo?

I participate in careers transition workshops supporting recruiters. When Ex-Forces are looking for a new career, I attend the workshops chatting to the Armed Forces community sharing my experience and what I have learned.

What advice would you give to other members of the Armed Forces Community who are planning to join Expleo?

Expleo has many different opportunities, whether it be leadership management, various jobs in engineering, project management etc. Don’t think that you don’t have the skill set to join Expleo. It is within you; you do have those skills and Expleo can bring out these skills in people.

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