Young professional Q&A: Don’t make assumptions

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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

Matthew Ellis is currently a Senior Professional, Human Resources: Global Inclusion & Diversity at DXC. Prior to that, he worked for DXC as a Recruiting Specialist. Matt is a Maryland native and he graduated from the University of Lynchburg in Virginia with a BA in Communications and an emphasis in Public Relations. Prior to DXC, Matt had the opportunity to work in the federal government, non-profit and finance industries.

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

When I interned on Capitol Hill I definitely learned how to network. I got to meet a lot of different people from different sides and with different viewpoints. That helped me understand how everyone works and how to get things done in an efficient way. On Capitol Hill when someone asks you for something you need to get it done right away. That taught me how to have more patience with myself and manage my time more effectively. And while I’m interested in politics — especially from a communications perspective — I couldn’t see myself doing that specific role long term. So I also got to discover more of what I liked and disliked.

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

 Again, networking and introducing yourself. Reach out to people in different departments and don’t be afraid to ask for help. You may not know someone but you can utilize someone you know, who might know them, to bridge that connection. Also, be authentic. It’s easy to be generic but I think it’s really important to be yourself. It gets easier the longer you’re there. Some people just aren’t into talking and that’s just the way they are but if you at least make the effort and let your personality shine, things will work out for you.

How do you stay focused in a flexible work environment?

I look at all of my tasks and my personal schedule, and manage accordingly based on when things should be done. I’ll also create timelines for projects. At the end of the day just prioritize and get things done. Also, I take advantage of DXC’s open office environment — sometimes it’s nice to sit somewhere else and refocus.

What should new hires avoid?

Don’t assume. If you’re unsure about something in the slightest, it’s best just to ask. There are no dumb questions, and I learned that the hard way. Be proactive. Some managers appreciate questions while others just like to dictate. The latter can be a challenge but, whatever the case, make sure you get clarification. That’s really important.


Matt-Ellis-headshotMatthew Ellis is a Senior Professional, Human Resources: Global Inclusion & Diversity at DXC.

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