Just a few months ago, I started my journey at Intel in the HR Pathways Rotation Program. I moved to Oregon from Arizona, and recently went back home, where I was bombarded with questions from friends and family about how I liked Intel and my job. You would have thought that I won the lottery as I grinned intensely, answering their questions one by one.
My initial thoughts were to give short answers; “Intel is great”, and “I love my job.” But that was not the case. I become possessed and my answers were more like, “I finally feel challenged in a job.” and “I work with an amazing team, who truly want to help me succeed!” or my personal favorite, “I get to work with a very diverse group of people, who make my job fun!”
I have to pinch myself sometimes as I ask, how did I get so lucky? I work for Intel. In just a few short months, I met an HR Director, listened to our CEO, Paul Otellini, speak, attended a very inspirational Cross-Site Leadership Conference jointly presented by two of Intel’s employee groups, Intel Latino Network and Network of Intel African American employees, covered a sabbatical, ran with my team in an Intel sponsored race, read amazing and inspirational blogs from my fellow co-workers in China, Latin America and India, volunteered with Oregon’s HR “Lend a Hand” on their Natural Habitat Restoration Day and so much more.
The great thing about being at Intel for me is that I get to be a part of an amazing rotation program. The HR Pathways Rotation Program allows me to explore different areas of HR, like Staffing, Compensation, and Learning and Development as well as network with employees outside of HR. It allows me to have fascinating conversations, like the one that I had with an engineering manager about the need for more technical females. I think he could tell by the look on my face that I was surprised that this was a growing concern for most STEM careers much less something that Intel is taking to heart. The truth is the surprise on my face was more about my curiosity about discussing this with a technical male and how I could somehow play a role in finding a solution.
Conversations like this, remind me that I am fortunate enough to work for a company that believes in me and all that I have to offer. I can’t wait to see what the next few months will bring.