It has been quite an experience transitioning from my position as the Administrative Specialist to the newest member of the Asynchrony Design Team.
The conversion has been a huge change for me. For example, I used to be the person that went around lecturing people about getting their hours in accurately and on time and now I am on the other side of the fence. Now I am running around crazy trying to get managers to add me to projects and sending the accounting department multiple annoying emails to add me to the staffing profile for each of those projects. I guess I always had this view that it was just laziness that caused people to not be able to get their hours in on time, and now I am struggling daily to keep track of what each minute of my work day is spent on and where to bill it. I can now be empathetic to those that I used to hassle.
I have also been overwhelmed with the amount of meetings that designers have to attend, which include daily stand-ups, demos, design reviews, customer reviews, and retrospectives, and these meetings are for each of the projects currently active at Asynchrony – that is a TON of meetings!
I love all of the knowledge that I am getting to soak up from my new teammates. I thought, coming in, that I had a pretty good grasp on what it took to be one of “these guys.” But each day one of them just wow’s me with the amount of skill, knowledge and passion they have for what they are doing. It is incredible for me to get to pair with one of them or have one of them peer review my work. They are constantly teaching me new tricks within a software program or different shortcuts to use. Each time I have the opportunity to work with one of them, I feel like I am being enthusiastically educated. It seems so exciting to them that they are getting to teach me, and it is definitely exciting for me to get to learn from them!
It is a whole other world up here on the 2nd floor. It is an incredible opportunity that has been granted to me, and I plan to make the most of it. I mean really, how many other companies have the ability to give its employees a chance like this? I am very thankful that I work for Asynchrony, a company that allows its employees to go beyond the normal limits of the corporate world.
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