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June 28, 2015

This upcoming Tuesday marks my first workaversary at my current workplace. I decided to stay with this company for another year (since I was initially hired as a temp for the summer last year) because of its flexible scheduling and it’s conveniently near school/home. I’m working as “The IT” where I handle internal IT tickets, manage the computers/internal network, and continuously configure our enterprise resource planning software to the executive’s liking while trying to rock dresses like Felicity Smoak.

Connecting Work with Class

After completing the core classes for my major this past school year, there were a lot of connections I could make between my courses and work. I published a blog post about it a few months ago and it’s handy to be able to practice some basics before going into a more specific field. Taking account into this, I think it’s better to know what a network is and how creating database queries work before penetration testing a remote database ;).

Coworker Social

My coworkers are pretty nice to me and there are a lot of interesting people working here. I get along with everyone and associate myself the most with the office engineers + one of the managers. I refer the office engineers as, “brothers of [company name]” because I feel like we’re a family. We have our own inside jokes, nicknames (“Prince of Iran”/”Prince of Persia”/etc), and lunch club. Meanwhile, the manager is a father figure to me at work so I feel more comfortable and not be totally lost.

I Don’t # with You

Without going into too much detail, there were some technical difficulties occurring within our ERP software that slowed our business down digitally. I thought it was a software glitch at first but later found out the previous IT dude was behind the whole shady scheme through unauthorized access (so he can come back and make big money for fixing the problem). I was able to track his access down to his new workplace and got him fired there as well as getting his father (who’s one of the 4 managers at our work) fired. No one expected him to cause this whole mess and having some background knowledge in reconnaissance/cyber security helped me out. As far as prevention goes, it could’ve been possible if I knew more about the ERP at the beginning but it was a worthwhile experience at the same time.

Scattered Thoughts

Lastly, I have some scattered thoughts that didn’t need its own dedicated section.

  • I am also trained to become the temporary receptionist in case no one else is available. “Thank you for calling [company], how may I direct your call?”
  • I have my own business card on behalf of the company, which came in handy a couple of times.
  • I managed to bring an iMac back to life from the dead by taking it apart and troubleshoot with the hardware.
  • In addition to IT, I have to make an inventory valuation sheet with the raw calculations. And I thought I was done with accounting
  • Google is my best friend at times.
  • I put my reconnaissance and social engineering skills to the test recently after receiving a complaint that someone was illegally torrenting something.
  • I thought it was pretty cool how the company produced one of the special effects for Water of Color, Pirates of the Caribbean, Fantasmic, and maybe another attraction or two at Disneyland.
  • My social skills with people improved since working here.
  • One time, I had to drive to an Apple store to pick up a new 28″ iMac… Then carried it across the street and up the stairs of the parking structure until a nice security guard on the level helped me out- all of this while wearing high heels. Bad timing for the heels, but it’s all for the adventure 😹.
  • 95% of what I know about our ERP so far is practically self-taught and I’m getting by with what I know so far.
  • I learned how to speak and write some phrases in Farsi. Yes, the appropriate ones too.
  • Last week, there were 7 computers scattered all over my table at once.
  • People here also know about my obsession over Mustangs and Camaros.
  • I left my signature title as “IT Department”. My coworker joked around by saying, “Don’t you think you are not the right size to be the entire department?” 😹

There are a lot more to learn and I’m blessed to have this position. This past year has been eventful and the experience so far has been worthwhile. It’s a good stepping stone for me!

11 Responses

  1. Tara ☆ June 29, 2015 at 12:27 am

    Congratulations on your workaversary! (Though, that just looks weird, since I almost see the word “adversary” in there, so I did a double-take at first XD) I’m so glad you find your current workplace to be beneficial to your personal and professional development! It’s good when you find a job that closely relates to your field of studies and/or interests 🙂

    It’s also good you’re getting along with your colleagues and that your managers are good mentors to you! It really sucks when you get stuck with a less than stellar manager, but when you meet a good one, take all the advantage of learning from them!

    And wow on inadvertently catching that scheming IT dude O_o That’s crazy people would do stuff that would jeopardises their career!

    Lastly, I find it interesting that you feel this job has improved on your social skills? How did it improve? I’d love to hear some examples! ^^

    • Nancy ☆ June 30, 2015 at 10:09 am

      :D. At first, it was a bit hard for me to communicate with people because of my wording issue (I talk faster than I process thoughts) so my words came out choppy sometimes. Now, it’s less of an issue and I’m not running into that problem anymore.

  2. Domenica ☆ June 29, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Sounds like an adventurous and fun summer position. For myself I am/have been working on databases all summer long. Who ever was in here before me clearly did not know about proper relationships and normalization. What a mess. But slowly I am cleaning everything up. It makes sense now why everyone complained about speed. Hope the rest of your summer job goes well!

  3. Holly ☆ June 29, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Happy workaversary! It’s so nice to hear that you like where you work.

    Taking on a job that is in the same field as the course you are studying is so valuable. I wish I could have had that opportunity (stupid geography!).

    My other half is about to take on a job like yours for a year as a part of his degree. A year in industry type thing. It sounds quite interesting.

  4. Cat ☆ June 29, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Congratulations on your work anniversary! That sounds like a great place to stay, especially if the schedule is flexible and you get along with your coworkers 🙂 Those are two very important things to me. You can like the type of work you do, but I feel like it’s the people that determine if you’ll like the company.

    Wow, that’s amazing that you were able to find out about what the previous IT guy did! I can’t believe he would do that! That’s pretty crazy that both him and his dad got fired because of it.

    I’m glad this job has been such a good learning experience for you! 😀

  5. Georgie ☆ June 30, 2015 at 4:53 am

    You are super lucky to be enjoying your job so much, Nancy! And with all those achievements, who wouldn’t be? I remember reading your blog post when you first started and felt, ah, she’s going into the big world now! LOL. And you have grown a lot, I am so impressed and definitely so happy for you, because it’s really hard to find a job you love.

    Sounds really shady about the previous IT guy. Incredible work that you put the nail in the coffin there. I feel like you should teach your company a thing or two about security, you never know what people can do once they leave a company, especially if they had access to a lot of stuff while they worked there.

    I am sure everyone at work is really proud of your work and happy to have you there. You’ve made a difference and that’s huge! 🙂

  6. Gillan ☆ June 30, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    (Belated) Happy workaversary to you! It’s weird that we’re both talking about work in our latest blog posts haha
    You finding out that that guy was behind the scheme was badass. Felicity would approve *thumbs up*
    “I managed to bring an iMac back to life from the dead by taking it apart and troubleshoot with the hardware.” You sounded like God here haha you’re seeming more and more like Felicity haha
    I’m glad that you found a job that you love. Keep up the good work!

  7. Michelle ☆ June 30, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    I’m glad you’ve been blessed. I too, feel the same with my new place with my husband and Marley. I hope the blessed feeling continues.

    Glad that everything is going good and you found a position that helps you in all those areas, and also congrats on your workaversary! It’s always good to celebrate the small things because they are the big things that matter in the end. 😀

  8. Uglyfish ☆ July 2, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Congratulations one one year in your company! It sounds like you have a great job, and many responsibilities. Well done on catching that back door! That sounds amazing, you should be very proud of yourself! It’s lovely that you feel so comfortable at work as well, being able to see your work colleagues as a second family is lovely. It must make it a lovely environment to work in.

  9. Raisa ☆ July 2, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Happy workaversary! I’m glad you’re enjoying your workplace. I think that’s super important. It gives you more purpose to go to work besides make money.

    Wow, that was a wild story about the previous IT guy! Glad you got him. It’s presumptuous of him to think he wouldn’t get caught.

  10. Tricia ☆ July 4, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    When I read the I Don’t # with You part, I literally went like “fck!” but honestly, that made me think that you’re this badass IT person. Haha! I’m in the IT field, too! I do project management. 🙂

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