If you’ve made it this far, hopefully, you have some interest in applying for a position with Cambridge Computer. Interested in getting a better idea of what it would be like to work with us? Read below to get a feel for the workday of a recent college graduate who joined Cambridge Computer.
9am: After an invigorating game of basketball, I arrive at my desk. In our office complex there’s a great gym that provides a corporate rate to everyone at Cambridge Computer.
Picking up where I left off, I review the solution we are designing for an Academy Award-winning computer-animation studio on the West Coast. They’re looking to back up and restore the video segments of their upcoming movie. Given the amount of data in high-resolution animation, this solution needs to be carefully considered. The best leverage against our competition usually comes from the technical rigor of the solutions we propose.
10am: Keeping with the West Coast theme, I review information I requested from a California start-up that makes cutting-edge storage software. We’re proposing their product to a leading audio and surround-sound company that’s also on the West Coast. There’s a fine line between cutting edge and bleeding edge, and I want to make sure we’re on the cutting-edge side of that line.
11am: Our marketing manager stops by to confirm my logistics and travel plans to a trade show in Las Vegas later this month. I will be the key contact for booth logistics. This show is one of the largest in the industry; I’ll have the opportunity to learn from the senior members of our team and from the leading industry experts.
12pm: Lunchtime! Today a vendor is coming to the office for a lunch-and-learn. The vendor provides lunch, and in exchange a group of us listens to the latest about their products and their partner program. These briefings are a great way to keep current on the industry players and their product offerings.
1pm: Conference call. I join our chief technology officer and an account executive on a call with a client. The client, a graduate school at an Ivy League university, has committed to using information technology to enhance the learning experience. They have bought a variety of solutions from us before, and today’s conversation centers around increasing the uptime of a critical application to 99.999%. I outline a possible solution that takes advantage of a new feature of the product we discussed at the lunch-and-learn (talk about staying current in a fast-paced industry)!
3pm: Customer visit. A renowned investment-management firm visits to see a demonstration of a product that can make a real-time remote copy of their data. The remote copy would allow the firm to operate with minimal interruption should their primary site go offline for any reason. In the demo lab at our offices, the Cambridge Computer solutions architect demonstrates how the product works and gives a white-board explanation of why it’s the best fit for the client’s needs.
5pm: Internal sales meeting. At Cambridge Computer, teamwork occurs informally all the time. The biweekly sales meeting, however, is a more structured forum for sharing the latest about customers, vendors, products, strategies, and whatever else might be relevant to our industry. It’s a great tool for ensuring I stay at the top of my game.
6pm: Team dinner. On occasion, the entire team goes out to dinner together because too much festivity at the office could make the other tenants in the building jealous. There are many restaurants to choose from just a few minutes from the office. Tonight we’re headed to an Irish pub. The event coordinator IMs me a reminder—Erin go bragh—and I’m on my way.
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