Kelsey Hickok
Portland

What is your job title, and what does that position entail?

My current role at Olympus is Sales Engineer in the greater Portland area. My job involves keeping up to date with the specifics about as many of our supplier products as possible, working with and setting up proof of concept testing with those products, being a project manager, and also (the best part) getting to go into customer sites for support and to discover new applications.

How long have you worked at Olympus, where did you come from? A little history of how you got involved with Olympus?

I started with Olympus in early July of 2021. I grew up in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and have lived in Wisconsin my whole life before moving here. Having an online career fair during the peak of COVID was definitely not the easiest way to find a post-grad job, but it is exactly what led me to this company. The quick sales pitch I got from Olympus aligned almost perfectly with what I was looking for in an employer, my values, and my career goals. After being flown out to the PNW for the first time, seeing how beautiful the surrounding area was, and meeting the incredible people at Olympus, taking the job was one of the easiest decisions that I have ever made.

What do you like best about working at Olympus?

My favorite parts of the job are the people that I get to work with every day, and the concept of truly never being bored at work. Everyone here at Olympus is always available to help you with whatever you need. The company is filled with people who work extremely hard, but at the end of the day know how to have fun and live a great life. In addition, the versatility of customers, technologies, and other companies that I get to work with is overwhelming (but in the best way possible). There is always something new and exciting going on in the automation industry and trying to solve problems that will help improve people’s lives is extremely rewarding.

Describe a little of your past history.

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a BS in Computer Science. With the field of technology growing more complex every day, I was overwhelmed when trying to choose a role that I first wanted to get into. I enjoy working with people, but also have a weird passion for technology, so combining the two into the position of a Sales Engineer has been the perfect fit so far.

Describe some of your hobbies – what do you like to do outside of work?

I am a very active person that has a hard time sitting still. I love exploring the outdoors in various forms. This all includes spending time outdoors hiking and camping. Also, I’ve been a runner for over 7 years so exploring new trails and routes is one of my favorite things to do. Traveling, going to wineries/breweries, trying new foods, and beach days are top competitors for how I like to spend my time outside of work.

What are some key lessons you have taken from your career thus far?

From my experience in the professional world so far, the lesson that has helped me the most is aiming to treat your job as a service to other people and the world. Thinking of it this way puts a much greater motivation behind every task that you do, and makes the hard work feel that much more rewarding. Another thing that I continue to strive towards everyday is to try to have a positive mindset whenever possible. I believe that you can make the most out of pretty much any situation, so why not make life more fun by creating every moment you can as your own!

What is one thing your customers might find surprising about you?

By the end of college I had lived with 36 different roommates. I love having an active social life and meeting as many new friends as possible!