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07/29/13
First Year on the Job: Industry
Filed under: Networking, Mentoring, First Year on Job
Posted by: site admin @ 10:57 am

On one of the slides Dr. Dwight Hunter from Intel showed last week were
some notable items:
Intel:
          one of the top 10 brands
          mission to develop processes for the global “computing continuum”
          rotational assignment program:  intel.com/jobs/students

Dwight told about his experience when starting out at Intel.  He
was assigned to a production line as part of his rotational
orientation.  He arrived and after a couple of days met his new
supervisor.  The supervisor was not overly pleased that he
arrived.  He revealed this by responding to Dwight’s question
about what his goals should be and what his assignment is by
saying that he should watch what is going on and not get in the
way with their busy production schedule.

Dwight was not dismayed by this.  He knew the importance of
“showing up” and putting himself in position to make a difference
.
In fact, he decided to observe everyone and identify the key
people
in the process.  He noted one person was a key center of
knowledge and action so he asked to join him for lunch.  At
lunch, he asked if he could be his assistant and learn all the
little tasks.  He knew that doing well on each of the little tasks,
showing nothing was unimportant, would give confidence on
doing larger tasks.  Such was the case.

Then, a fraction of the way through his rotation the key resource
was to go on vacation.  The supervisor was told that Dwight could
take his place.  The supervisor was stunned– but he is new.
The resource told the supervisor he has learned all the little
tasks well and has picked up many of the larger high impact
ones as well.  He shows good judgment and I have confidence
he can step in.

This has led Dwight to develop mentoring relationships with
line and product managers, and key technical resources
and help him progress rapidly.

 

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