Albert Einstein once stated “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” As a recent college graduate, this quote has helped influence my decisions in college and starting a career. I was always very quiet and did not like being outside of my comfort zone…until recently…my curiosity helped me step out of my comfort zone. Being curious and confident was the reason why I graduated in the field of Information Science Technology (IST), and why I chose to intern at BC in the Cloud.
While in college, I faced many important decisions in my life. When I started my freshman year at Penn State I wanted to be a computer scientist and develop software. I’ve always had a great passion in technology and thought this field would be great. It took me about two years to realize that I was losing interest in computer science, the course materials were overly complicated and lacked excitement. But I didn’t want to stop pursuing my passion in technology. Stuck, I felt wondering if I should stay in this field. Then a friend told me about a major called Information Science Technology (IST). What he told me blew my mind because I could learn and enjoy development without taking excessively complex engineering courses. IST breaks up into two sections: Integrations and Application, and Design and Development. Also, this major does not just provide development courses, but courses in networking, telecommunication, cyber security and project management. After learning about this, I became curious, but also afraid. I was afraid that if I decided to change my major, people would think of me as a person who only just works on computers (IT guy stereotype). I ended up following my curiosity and studied IST. And I don’t regret it at all.
Curiosity is also the reason why I decided to take an internship at BC in the Cloud. During my time in college, I only had experience in technical support and the help desk environment. I felt very comfortable working there. I thought to myself, “I can get used to working here.” But in reality, it was not my ideal job. I decided to see what was being offered at the Penn State Career Fair. Every career fair before my senior year I had always applied to technical support or help desk roles. I felt that I was not good enough for a development position. I didn’t realize until my senior year that I should really step out of my comfort zone and look at more challenging, development positions, as this was my passion.
At the 2018 Spring Career Expo I was determined to find companies that were looking for developers. I went around the expo handing out my resume and giving my sales pitch to various companies. I had a good feeling about this career expo. I felt more confident and eager to find this new role I was striving for. I ended up speaking to 12 companies, BC in the Cloud being one of them. After the expo, three companies contacted me about job openings. One was BC in the Cloud, looking for a developer internship and the other two were companies that were looking for full time technical support roles.
I had to make another very important decision. The technical support positions sounded the most logical since they were full-time, and the safe route since I already had experience in that field. BC in the Cloud was only hiring an internship role, but it was what I went to school for. I asked friends and families for their insight on this situation and each of them said, “Go for the internship!” Even though everyone wanted me to go for the internship I was pushing for the other offer. It felt more comfortable. I closed my eyes for a good 5 minutes and thought to myself this is going to affect my future. I did not want to be stuck talking to customers on the phone every single hour, 5 days a week for the rest of my life. That just wasn’t me. The internship will give me more experience and will help prepare me for future development possibilities. With that being said, I accepted the internship from BC in the Cloud. I knew this was my opportunity to get out there and try something new, out of my comfort zone.
Now, as I write this article I am proud to say I am a DevOps intern at BC in the Cloud. I’m very happy I took this route. I am learning new things every day and getting to do what I am passionate about. The first day on my internship I was able jump in and get my hands dirty. BC in the Cloud made feel like I was part of the team, not just a fly on the wall. It is way better than my previous technical support experience where I felt very distant from the company. So with that I offer my advice for all college students, follow your curiosity and be confident in yourself. You might miss a very life changing opportunity if you stay in a field or position that you are losing or have lost interest in. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it got me an amazing internship.