Well, I made it. I’m still breathing after my first week in the tech world with only sustaining a mild head injury from my brain hurting. My first week in the tech world as a Marketing Associate at Intelligent Product Solutions (a high tech product design/development company) was surrounded by hardware and software product development engineers. What an experience. Being a former college athlete and naturally a very, almost to-a-fault competitive person, I have always challenged myself physically and intellectually. With that being said, this past week has been one of the most interesting and challenging experiences of my life because of the complexity of what we do here at IPS.
To truly understand where I am coming from you’ll need a little background on my previous job and work environment. My prior experience was as a traveling sales representative doing small business consulting. I worked with a bunch of narcissistic salesman who made me question the evolution of humankind. Advance two years to now – working with a bunch of engineers who display a superior level of intellect, concentration and passion for their work.There is a social misconception when you hear the word, “engineer,” or better yet, what I thought the word “engineer” meant; I imagined of a bunch of darkly cloaked, unconventional introverts gathered around playing Dungeons and Dragons. Yet, contrary to close-minded beliefs these people are actually rock stars that will go grab a drink with you and end up on the dance floor. Listen, I love tech just as much as the next person and consider myself a very bright individual, but the people here at IPS are simply brilliant. Not only are these engineers exceptional at what they do, but also have a highly intuitive business acumen and can convey their work clearly and in great detail; I’ve found this to be very interesting, even inspiring.
During my first week I was trying to be a sponge and absorb as much knowledge as I possibly could – which realistically resulted in having retained less than 25%. I’d also like to extend a public apology to my neighboring colleague for certainly distracting him entirely too much. I remember my first day I was sitting at my desk and looked over to my colleague next to me and asked him what project he was working on – mistake number one for Drew. He gave me this long, intellectual explanation that I could only nod my head to as each technical term he threw at me flew miles over my head. Gosh, what did I get myself into? Do I belong here? Honestly, if it wasn’t for my boss I don’t know if I would have made it. She was the constant positive reinforcement in my corner that told me it will click. After the first three days I thought she was just full of bologna and thought I would never get what was going on here. After, a few days and several bathroom breaks to give myself pump up talks in the mirror I had a break through and… BOOM! It thankfully all started coming together.
Having the opportunity to experience first-hand some of the most brilliant minds at IPS work together while brainstorming for a potential client, proved to be been one of most interesting, eye-opening experiences in my professional career. It was also the moment that made everything that was previously going 1,000 MPH around me click. It is one thing to be able to perform high level task, but it takes a special person to be able to perform these task and then break them down and explain it in full understanding detail. These people build relationships and trust with their clients with not only their amazing expertise, but also the way they articulate the process. I am falling in love with the process here at IPS and am super excited to see what next week has in store for me.
*** Favorite story of week one:
I called the guy next to me whose name is Matt – ‘Joey’ for three days without him correcting me. “Aye, morning Joey!” Starting off hot around the office.
*** Honorable mention:
When asked what my hobbies were by one of the engineers here I explained I was into fitness and a big sports fan. When asked what his hobbies were he said, “creating robots.” I can barely work my TV and this guy is creating robots. If that isn’t awesome then I don’t know what is. An extroverted jock and an engineer walk into a bar… and dominate happy hour. That’s how IPS rolls.