Oleksandr Kholod

Lead Process Engineer, Podilskyi Cement JSC

Participant of the International Technical Programme CRH ITP Cement in 2018-2019 at the plant in Rohožník, Slovakia.

Oleksandr describes himself as...
Persistent, friendly, self-critical, sociable, well-balanced.

Sports, tourism, books, films.

Professional development means...
Continuous improvement of professional skills and abilities, development of personal qualities, expansion of creative opportunities in the professional field.

The most important things in people are...
Honesty, openness and intelligence.

What motivates in other people
Industriousness, optimism, ability to support others.

Development plans for the next year
Strategic thinking and planning.

Inspiring quotation:

He who moves not forward, goes backward. The decisions you make today will determine where and who you will be tomorrow.

Impressions upon learning about the internsip 
I’d heard about such programmes before but for the arts graduates, so I was first surprised that they were looking for tech people. It was very interesting to find out more about CRH.

The first thing that impressed during the internship 
Scale of production; openness of the company’s employees and especially top management; a meeting with Barry Leonard (Managing Director CRH Ukraine in 2015-2017).

The Internship Programme in three adjectives and three nouns
New, progressive, holistic. Development, motivation, challenges.

Difficulties during the Programme
Understanding certain production processes right away, remembering a huge amount of information and a huge number of people immediately.

What helped cope with the difficulties 
Desire to develop, my friends’ and colleagues’ support.

Advice to yourself during the internship
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t be afraid of challenges; pay more attention to English.

What you discovered about yourself during the internship
My ability to prioritise, and that I like learning English.

What qualities appeared as a result of the Internship Programme 
Initiative; I’ve become more responsible and have developed leadership skills.

The secret of successful completion of the internship 
The acquired knowledge and a strong desire to stay in the CRH team, support from my friends and my mentor.