By: Erwin Reimert
It all started the 1st of July last summer: My traineeship in Big Data & Analytics was about to begin and I was eager to dive into the world of IT. During the summer months we’ve been educated in several Data & Analytics technologies. I would be placed in a suitable data & analytics projects afterwards, but the projects were still in the pipeline when my group finished the training.
My first project became the ABN Amro Amstelveen project. A big project with over 20 CICers at client location. The work itself was not always the most challenging, but the atmosphere was good because of the team. We had fun, not always in the work we did, but with each other (and they had some nice warm fish to eat at the fish market as well).
After a while, the data & analytics projects were coming through. One by one, people from my group were assigned to interesting projects that were in line with our training. Eventually that moment came for me as well. I was put on the BI project for Jumbo, and again I found myself eager to dive into this new challenge.
Now, almost six months have passed already since training. It’s not normal how fast the weeks are passing by. One could ask “Why does the time fly?” to which I believe it is all about the perception of time. As Albert Einstein said: “An hour spent in the company of a pretty girl passes more quickly than an hour in the dentist’s chair”.
Many people find their work they are doing similar to the dentist’s chair. It has to be done, so get it over with, or, it is a necessary evil. When you have these thoughts, you better find something enjoyable in what you do, because time takes a lot longer to pass by when you are not having fun.
When I look around at the CIC, I see young and vibrant people who like where they are and what they are doing (most of the time). I enjoy the atmosphere, my colleagues and the opportunities of working for IBM almost every day so far and hope to do so for a long time. Could it be that the CIC is that pretty girl Einstein talked about?