A young Liberian working as a cadet with Golden Veroleum says that the cadet program is an inspirational one that will improve talented Liberians in their respective areas of discipline.
Theophilus A.T. Kambo, Jr. in an interview noted that having attended the cadet program, he has developed more ideas relating to his Electrical Engineer profession which gives him the confidence that he can now contribute to the development of Liberia through his profession.
Mr. Kambo told the Daily Observer that the GVL cadet program has given him more zeal and inspiration to seek excellence in his profession.
The benefit of this training, he said is also important to the development of my beloved country Liberia, adding that as an engineer, he is inspired to contribute his skills to rebuilding the country.
“The training program has increased my technical horizon (capacity) and excites me to learn more in the profession of Electrical Engineering which is my passion. It has also exposed me to the world of Palm Oil Mill Construction, project management and project supervision which has added value to my skills,” he said.
Recounting his experience, Kambo said, “I applied for the program (Electrical Engineer and opportunity of career advancement) in September, 2012. Having met the recruitment criteria (GVL’s policies covering recruitment), I received a communication to sit an aptitude test along with other Liberian Electrical Engineers on March 12, 2013. I was selected (based on my performance in the aptitude test) during the vetting process by Golden Veroleum Liberia. “Thank God I made it,” he declared.
The GVL cadet explained further that he considers success as added values because the training program added another value to his previous credentials. The training in itself is professional success, said Kambo.
He said the GVL cadet program has increased the number of skilled Liberian youths, 7 persons, who are willing to contribute their quotas to the development of Liberia through Golden Veroleum.
When asked what milestone or significant tasks he was able to achieve, Mr. Kambo said “I learned new things almost every day. The most significant to date, he said, was learning Supervision of Electrical Installations in the Construction of Palm Oil Mill.”
Explaining about his training recently in Indonesia, Kambo said: “there have not been many difficulties except for the language barrier and the difference in food which I was able to cope with.
How were the challenges overcome? GVL cadet noted that “one good quality of humans is adaptation. I quickly adapted to the systems of living in the country so that I could facilitate my learning process.”
What lessons were learned during the period of professional studies?
Kambo responded: “Thus far, the training has introduced me to the overall technique in Supervising the Construction of Palm Oil Mill. Additionally, I have also increased my knowledge in the Principle of Operations of Diesel Generators and Steam Turbo Alternators and other Machines, Overhead Power Lines and Underground cable transmission, Electrical Power transmission media (Electrical Cables), among others.
“Partnering with GVL has brought to reality what I always dreamed of – to have an opportunity to further my studies. I have wished to earn a Master’s degree in Electric Power Systems. Now that I have international training in my field of Electrical Engineering, I pray that during my course of services to GVL, I will have another opportunity to achieve my dream,” Kambo said.
“I am a good dreamer of becoming an Industrial Electric Power Engineer with emphasis in the strategies and designs of Modern Power Systems in Liberia. I hold the responsibility to contribute these acquired skills to my company, GVL and my country in constructing Palm Oil Mills in the south eastern part of Liberia.
As to how he intends to transform GVL, Kambo said, “Golden Veroleum Liberia being a company of good attributes is fortunate to have me as an employee. I promise to serve as an asset to GVL in the implementation of its goals and objectives,” he said.
Describing how he plans to transfer the knowledge acquired to other GVL staff or colleagues with whom he works, Kambo responded: “With the experience of a classroom teacher and good interpersonal relationship, I intend to share willingly my new skills I have acquired to other GVL’s staff through tutorials, open discussions and mentoring.
Asked to describe his opportunity in one word he responded: Achievement.
He called on his fellow cadets to always be positive and strive for professional success. “Make use of every little opportunity you have at hand. Always prepare yourself, because a prepared person is always fortunate to have an opportunity. With an enormous career dream, you can achieve anything in life.”
Asked what makes him think he is different from others who have benefited from the cadet program, Kambo’s response was this: “I have the following skills: The ability to work with different nationals, good interpersonal relationship, ability to learn Electrical Computer Aided Design (E-CAD) applications easily, work well in Computer Networked environment and with advance electronic gadgets.