Summer intern Q&A: Step outside your comfort zone

The Intern to In Charge Blog Series spotlights summer interns and thriving young professionals at DXC Technology and their pesonal advice for those who are transitioning from campus to corporate life.

Interview by Bruce Perry, Digital Marketing Intern

Bryan Guin is a rising junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is currently majoring in business administration with a minor in computer science.. Here at DXC, he works in the Finance Department with the pricing team. Bryan is interested in strategic consulting and working in the technology industry. He enjoys snowboarding, basketball, travel, and watching D.C. sports teams in his spare time.

What do you want to accomplish here at DXC?

I want to make connections here at DXC that will last. I want to make an impact and make a meaningful contribution to the team.

What was your most valuable internship experience and what did it teach you?

I have gotten the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals as mentors. This has helped me gain several insights into my career path, and also showed me how to succeed in the corporate world.

What are your best tips for thriving in your first corporate work environment?

I try to make sure that I maintain a professional persona at all times. It is important that you always ask how you can help. Soak up all the information like a sponge. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or to put yourself on the hot seat. That is how you gain confidence, and gain knowledge as well.

What excites you the most about interning here at DXC?

The opportunity to work with different people from different backgrounds is very exciting. Having a diverse work environment allows you to gain new perspectives by networking with young professionals, interns, executives, vice presidents and even the CEO.

How do you network at your job?

Stop by different people’s desk, even if you don’t know them. Ask them how everything is going. You never know who they may know or how they can help you. Do not be afraid to step out your comfort zone. I like to ask people about their career paths, and how they got to where they are now.

How do you stay organized and optimize your time in a flexible work environment?

I maintain an agenda/calendar to keep track of goals and important dates. I have three different calendars: Microsoft Outlook, iPhone Calendar, notebook calendar.

What are some things that interns should absolutely avoid?

Avoid being late. Always show up 15 mins earlier. Avoid keeping to yourself. Don’t be afraid to network with your colleagues. Always check your work before submitting it, especially to your boss.

Bryan-Guin-headshotBryan Guin is an intern in DXC’s finance department.

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