Anthony Bernabel (Networking Technology - April 2012 Graduate)

Internship Site: The Switch

I applied to TCI’s Cooperative Education program to give myself an advantage in today’s competitive job market. There are many people with my set of skills that are in the position I was once in before I applied to this program. Some are fortunate to find work in the field they are looking for and others are not. I wanted an opportunity to show the employer that I would be working with that I could prove to be a valuable asset to their company, even if I was just an intern. At first, things didn’t start out the way I was hoping they would. My superiors were trying to bring me into something I wasn’t too familiar with and had nothing to do with my curriculum at TCI. I had a one-on-one meeting with my supervisor and told her how I felt and from there things started to change, in a good way. I was offered a part-time position, which would eventually turn into a full-time position with benefits once I graduated. I was under the guidance of the Senior Server Administrator and he taught me some Server and Networking Policies. I proved to myself, my employer and the Cooperative Education Program that with hard work and dedication, anything can happen. I gained a job, references and I also learned that if things don’t work out the way you want to, don’t be afraid and stand up for what you believe in. If I hadn’t taken the advice from Kate & Nii Ato, I most likely wouldn’t have gotten a job offer from my current employer.