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Careers rarely follow a straight path to the top - it’s the twist and turns and setbacks that make it interesting and often provide the greatest learning.

Bridget started her career at TE Connectivity 7 years ago as Director, Global HR Systems. In this role, she served as global project manager overseeing the design and implementation of SAP HR. After three years, Bridget aspired to experience HR from a business perspective and moved into the Industrial & Commercial Transportation BU in North Carolina, where she ultimately served as HR Director. Bridget recently transitioned into another role, managing enterprise-wide projects. In her words, “TE Connectivity is ripe with opportunities to learn and take on different assignments, my plan is to remain open and leverage every opportunity.”

What is the most engaging part of your current role?

In my current role, I have a unique opportunity to get an in-depth look at each of the corporate functions and how they align to TE’s overall strategic objectives and enable the business. I’ve learned more than I ever thought I could in this assignment, which has been extremely rewarding.

Describe a shift early in career that shifted your goals and expectations. How did it lead you to new opportunities?

A turning point in my career happened almost immediately when I exited college thinking I could go straight to Wall Street with my Finance degree in hand to acquire the job of my dreams – not! It was a hard lesson to learn that I was inexperienced (to say the least!) and sorely unprepared for the life I had envisioned. Devastated, I took a temporary job in a Call Center answering questions and resolving benefit issues for employees and their families. Through what I thought would be an interim step on my journey to Wall Street, I realized that I loved engaging with people and helping them to resolve their problems - and I was pretty darn good at! This was my first introduction to Human Resources, which turned out to fulfill a passion inside that I didn’t even realize I had.
Since HR was not my field of study, I had no clue what it was really all about, so I took on different roles to determine if it would truly be a fit for me. It was, and to my surprise I was already excelling at it and being given larger roles with greater responsibilities. At this point, my career focus totally shifted to HR and I set out to establish credibility and went back to school for my Master’s in Organizational Management and obtained the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification. Since then, I’ve tried to remain open to taking on different roles (some of which took me out of my comfort zone), as well as moved to different locales to gain deeper experience and broader exposure to the field of HR.
If nothing else, this experience taught me early on that careers rarely follow a straight path to the top - it’s the twist and turns and setbacks that make it interesting and often provide the greatest learnings. If ever asked for career advice – I would first tell the individual to find their passion. Careers last a long time, so the more personal fulfillment or value you can extract from what you do, the greater the likelihood that you’ll be successful and enjoy the ride. In many cases, you’ll find ways to leverage past experiences and/or education. Second, I would encourage the individual to be open to taking on different roles - and even a few risks. With every experience comes learning and an opportunity to expand your capability ‘toolbox’, and who knows - you may also learn something new about yourself along the journey like I did. I would also encourage the individual to seek out feedback. All feedback is good – even if it doesn’t really feel like it at the time (been there!). It’s that view from our blind spot that can reinforce what we’re doing well and/or identify where we’re falling short – giving you the opportunity to decide whether to stay the course you’re on or to chart a new one for personal and professional growth. Finally, I’m a firm believer that EVERYONE can be a leader – regardless of job title. It’s all about being and doing your best, delivering on your commitments and purposefully setting out each day to be a role model for others around you.

It’s all about being and doing your best, delivering on your commitments and purposefully setting out each day to be a role model for others around you.
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Why TE?

Most of my career has been in Pharmaceuticals, so working in Manufacturing was a new industry for me. Executing HR from this lens has been very exciting - and enlightening. I also appreciate the career opportunities that exist with working for a global organization.

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bridget-pitts-header
Careers rarely follow a straight path to the top - it’s the twist and turns and setbacks that make it interesting and often provide the greatest learning.

Bridget started her career at TE Connectivity 7 years ago as Director, Global HR Systems. In this role, she served as global project manager overseeing the design and implementation of SAP HR. After three years, Bridget aspired to experience HR from a business perspective and moved into the Industrial & Commercial Transportation BU in North Carolina, where she ultimately served as HR Director. Bridget recently transitioned into another role, managing enterprise-wide projects. In her words, “TE Connectivity is ripe with opportunities to learn and take on different assignments, my plan is to remain open and leverage every opportunity.”

What is the most engaging part of your current role?

In my current role, I have a unique opportunity to get an in-depth look at each of the corporate functions and how they align to TE’s overall strategic objectives and enable the business. I’ve learned more than I ever thought I could in this assignment, which has been extremely rewarding.

Describe a shift early in career that shifted your goals and expectations. How did it lead you to new opportunities?

A turning point in my career happened almost immediately when I exited college thinking I could go straight to Wall Street with my Finance degree in hand to acquire the job of my dreams – not! It was a hard lesson to learn that I was inexperienced (to say the least!) and sorely unprepared for the life I had envisioned. Devastated, I took a temporary job in a Call Center answering questions and resolving benefit issues for employees and their families. Through what I thought would be an interim step on my journey to Wall Street, I realized that I loved engaging with people and helping them to resolve their problems - and I was pretty darn good at! This was my first introduction to Human Resources, which turned out to fulfill a passion inside that I didn’t even realize I had.
Since HR was not my field of study, I had no clue what it was really all about, so I took on different roles to determine if it would truly be a fit for me. It was, and to my surprise I was already excelling at it and being given larger roles with greater responsibilities. At this point, my career focus totally shifted to HR and I set out to establish credibility and went back to school for my Master’s in Organizational Management and obtained the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification. Since then, I’ve tried to remain open to taking on different roles (some of which took me out of my comfort zone), as well as moved to different locales to gain deeper experience and broader exposure to the field of HR.
If nothing else, this experience taught me early on that careers rarely follow a straight path to the top - it’s the twist and turns and setbacks that make it interesting and often provide the greatest learnings. If ever asked for career advice – I would first tell the individual to find their passion. Careers last a long time, so the more personal fulfillment or value you can extract from what you do, the greater the likelihood that you’ll be successful and enjoy the ride. In many cases, you’ll find ways to leverage past experiences and/or education. Second, I would encourage the individual to be open to taking on different roles - and even a few risks. With every experience comes learning and an opportunity to expand your capability ‘toolbox’, and who knows - you may also learn something new about yourself along the journey like I did. I would also encourage the individual to seek out feedback. All feedback is good – even if it doesn’t really feel like it at the time (been there!). It’s that view from our blind spot that can reinforce what we’re doing well and/or identify where we’re falling short – giving you the opportunity to decide whether to stay the course you’re on or to chart a new one for personal and professional growth. Finally, I’m a firm believer that EVERYONE can be a leader – regardless of job title. It’s all about being and doing your best, delivering on your commitments and purposefully setting out each day to be a role model for others around you.

It’s all about being and doing your best, delivering on your commitments and purposefully setting out each day to be a role model for others around you.
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Why TE?

Most of my career has been in Pharmaceuticals, so working in Manufacturing was a new industry for me. Executing HR from this lens has been very exciting - and enlightening. I also appreciate the career opportunities that exist with working for a global organization.