Young professional Q&A: Become a familiar face in the workplace

The Intern to In Charge – Young Professionals Blog Series spotlights thriving young professionals at DXC Technology and their personal advice for new hires who are transitioning from campus to corporate life.

Interview by Racquel Royer, Digital Marketing Intern

Nieko Ridley is a professional Marketing & Communications Associate at DXC. She began working at DXC as a Marketing and Communications Intern before recently transitioning to a full-time position. A Virginia native, Nieko graduated from East Carolina University where she studied Communications and Public Relations. While at ECU, she worked as a Sports Broadcasting Intern for WNCT-TV and a videographer for the school’s athletics department.

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

Talk to a lot of people. You don’t know what people have done in the past or who they know. I’ve gotten to know a lot of people in different departments just by walking around, becoming a familiar face and then eventually starting conversations.

How do you network at DXC?

Become a friendly face. Be in a good mood. In the coffee room, I’ll ask people simple questions like about how their day is going. And since I’m a younger face in the office, many people will ask me where I went to school. I’m from the area, so that’s always a good topic for quick conversations. LinkedIn is also an easy way to connect with people at DXC. Last year as a DXC intern, I created a blog post about my experience and after it was posted on social media, a lot of people from DXC started adding me – even people outside of my office, which was really cool.

How do you stay organized?

I’m obsessed with making lists! I use my reminders, sticky notes and notifications. I’ll also organize multiple to-do lists for regular work reminders or other things that I could be working on in my free time.

What are some things that new hires should avoid?

Avoid bringing too much of your personal life to work. You can always be a positive influence in the office, even when you’re having a bad day. That’s not always easy, but you don’t want people to think you’re disorganized, and you also don’t want to “remove yourself.” Especially being in this open office environment, you want people to start to recognize you and that will bring more networking opportunities. Also avoid taking a back seat. It’s a lot easier now to be a leader so if someone is asking you if you want to be part of a project, don’t get intimidated, approach it in a positive way, like “I’d love to help wherever I can.”

Nieko-Ridley-headshotNieko Ridley is a content manager within DXC’s Content Hub.

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