Why SAP. Why itelligence.
Target. Belden. Sears Holdings. Saks. Accenture. Deloitte. Abercrombie. Amazon. American Greetings…
These are just the few of the companies that I sought favor with between August and October in my first-quarter as a college senior. As part of The Ohio State University’s undergraduate program in the Fisher College of Business (FCoB), I only had one thing on my mind- solidifying a job, post-grad. Luckily, I had a sought after degree and I was presented with a wealth of opportunities after graduation. It was pretty remarkable actually, considering the state of the economy and the shrinking job-market, but Supply Chain was the “hot ticket” in 2011.
When Career Fair season rolled around, SAP wasn’t even on my radar. Heck I could barely spell
SCP SAP, but itelligence was a game changer. In a sea of polyester and pinstripes, I met two [C&M] of the most enthusiastic and self-aware people I could ever come to know. Often, college students and yopros alike are nervous to boast their accomplishments and accolades while trying to land the job; they want to appear humble and therefore, they tend to sell themselves short. It was within five minutes of meeting these two men from itelligence that I understood the importance of not under-selling yourself and furthermore, what you represent. Had it not been for C&M, I would have been too fearful of a career in computer software consulting. I am not ahead of the curve when it comes to technology, usually when I phone in to a help-line the problem is usually the result of a PEBCAC (Problem.Exists.Between.Chair.And.Computer) error. On the rare occasion that I could actually turn my Macbook on in undergrad, I didn’t exactly delve into any complex configuration. After a bit of coercion, C&M were able to convince me that itelligence and I, well we were a match made in heaven and I graciously accepted their offer for a day of on-site interviews in Cincinnati (bleh).
The following week, as I meandered my way through 6 grueling interviews, a wild appreciation for itelligence and an immense respect for the individuals that worked there blossomed. I came to learn that it just wasn’t C&M who were wildly passionate about the organization, but that every single individual had immense proprietorship over the group’s efforts and took customer satisfaction seriously.
Looking back, one of the most amazing aspects of finding my career at itelligence is that I joined the company for the same reasons that I am still a part of it today. I guess you could call me a good judge of character 🙂
If I could offer a few words of advice to those on the path to self-discovery (or those on the path to seeking out the big bucks in corporate America) it would be the following:
1. Look for a place where you can start a career, not just have your first job.
2. When I was first job-hunting location was everything, but as it turned out, finding the right fit in an organization became more important. I’m not undermining being comfortable in your surroundings, but realistically, you will be working more hours a week than you will do anything else, so finding fulfillment in your career should be the #1 priority when you’re starting out.
3. Ask the tough questions. Having done some interviewing myself since graduation I know first-hand that future employers appreciate a candidate that shows interest and divulges their true intentions. Remember, they are interviewing you, but you are also interviewing them. If you’re lucky enough like I was to have options, you better have enough ammunition to make an informed decision.
On the drive back from Cincinnati I hastily called my mom (I know, but being co-dependent doesn’t make me a less competent consultant)… “Mom, there is no way in H#!! I’m going to get this job, but if I do I am definitely taking it.”
AND I DID.