By: Cesare Valitutto
Quite long time has been passed since I started working with the CIC. A long time by the perspective of my first full-time job.
I am used to saying that “time flies” when one is really involved in what his is doing, wholly absorbed by his daily life.
Do not misunderstand me, I am totally happy with what I am doing and if went back to my first day, I would make the choice again. I would move again to “KKGroningen”, renouncing the sun, the beaches and the Italian food! (Yes, I said it).
I think this is because changing (and being ready to change!) is really important, especially when one is young. To change, is the key for facing any kind of situation which life always offers us; being more open-minded and conscious, more confident and wiser. If not change, or taking part in important and critical decisions, what made IBM the company which it is now?
Work is not just work. Work is a place in which you can find confrontation, in order to grow both professionally and personally. I have been collecting so much experience working on so many projects, here in Groningen, in London, connecting with Ireland, Italy, USA, Germany, Belgium, there are no limitations.
If I have to look back to the person I was one year ago, I would ask myself: “So, you are potentially a computer scientist…what can you do? What are you expert in?” Today I have the answer to that question.
I am completely grateful to IBM and all the CIC community for its support, and the investment they are continuously doing with the youth, because they (we) are the future. The youth are the hope for the progress, for a happier world that we can better improve ourselves, look for innovation, and find new directions and perspectives.
So today it is again, time to change.