REP: Changes, Change, and more Changes–How exciting!

In my last blog post I had mentioned that I was about to graduate from the REP and was looking for a final placement. I invested a lot of time making sure that I would find a role that would fit my career development plan best and I felt passionate about.

Intel has mentoring programs where you can talk to senior employees so you could learn from their experiences and get feedback on topics you might be curious or concerned about. That gave me a chance to discuss my plans with a lot of people and helped me get to my final decision.

My final call was to DHG (Digital Home Group), specifically in the user experience group (UEG). The work was exciting and fun, at least for me. During my third rotation, I constantly felt that it was the place where I wanted to stay. It was a hard-to-get job but with the support of my managers, we were able to make it happen.

Around the same time, a giant announcement was made; there was going to be a new lab within Intel labs. This new lab would be lead by Genevieve Bell, who is also the head of DHG UEG, the group that I had chosen to work with. DHG UEG proved the value of fully understanding the needs of consumers and applying the knowledge into product development. Intel firmly believes that our future depends on expanding these practices into all divisions.

It gets even better with Genevieve bringing her entire team on board. My excitement was inexplicable when I heard the news. In DHG we were only targeting consumer electronics. Now, we’ll be working with every single division of the company. The new lab call IXR (Interactions and Experience Research Lab) will drive entire company product development facilitating the creation of new market opportunities for the company.

The opportunities of learning and growing are infinite and the challenges are even greater. The idea of being part of this revolutionary change fills me with excitement. I can’t wait to see what my new projects will be about!

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6 Responses to REP: Changes, Change, and more Changes–How exciting!

  1. Lydia says:

    Hi Ana!
    Thanks for your blog post, so glad to hear you’ve found the place to settle in at Intel! Where will IXR be based out of? Also, will internships be available in this new lab?
    Thank you!

  2. Sejal says:

    Hi Nisha! There is year-round hiring for interns but we typically hire 80% of our Interns in the Q4 and Q1 timeframe, with target start dates of May and June. (So we’re getting ready to hire interns for 2011 start dates.) My suggestion is to regularly check intel.com/jobs, as these positions are posted as needed, so being attentive for remaining opportunities would be your best bet (if you’re looking for an internship that starts sooner than summer 2011). Good luck!

  3. Analia says:

    Hi Ana!
    My name is Analia Ibargoyen and I will be starting as an RE this July. My first rotation will be in Chandler, AZ working with the DHG. I’m looking to do my next rotations in Santa Clara, and I’m very interested in Human Computer Interaction as well as UI design, so you can’t imagine how excited I was to read your post!
    What kinds of projects did you work on while you were in the DHG UEG? What was your background before then?
    Please feel free to reach me at my email address as well, thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!

  4. Ana says:

    Hi Analia, that’s great to hear. I final placed in IXR (Interactions Experience Research Lab). We should talk about your background and I’ll be able to address you better. We have a lot of opportunities here and I’m pretty sure we can find something that will meet your interests. Look me up when you get in so we can have a quick chat. Your first rotation is 6 moths long, so there’s enough time to talk about opportunities for your second rotation. You will be able to find me on Outlook or using the REP website.