Adventures in Corporate America

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Yesterday was my first day of work in Corporate America as a full-time employee!!! Last week I accepted an internship offer with a large auction services company for the position of IT Project Management Intern. There are three core business units and the one I am working in has 11,000 employees across North America. I am working at the corporate headquarters in Carmel.

I have to say...God in His infinite wisdom planned this out more perfectly than I could have imagined or tried to plan myself! This was totally last minute and I wasn't expecting to have a job when I returned home after I decided not to pursue an unpaid marketing gig in Chicago. As a result I was able to extend my travels in Europe, relax for two weeks at home, and as a bonus I still get to go on the vacation I already had planned. And along the way I learned a few lessons in persistence, humility, and trusting in the Lord.

My first day went incredibly well (thanks for all who prayed!) and the IT managers I am working with are great and excited to help me learn. The first time I opened my email I had 42 emails :O My boss is female, which is fantastic since the majority of the IT department is male, and has a daughter my age who is also in the Kelley School at IU. I share a corner window office with two of the IT managers and have my own desk with TWO computers. The perks of working with nerds :) I also feel pretty official because I have to carry a keyfob on my belt that lets me access the building and the elevators.

On my first day I managed to meet the CIO without realizing it. Score. Today my co-worker took me through the on-site data center. I wasn't technically supposed to have access to the room and I'll spare you the nerdy details, but some of the individual machines cost upwards of $600,000. The entire room contains upwards of $70 million of IT goodies and a couple miles of cabling.

Well, it's almost my bedtime. I went to bed at 12am the past two nights and got up at 6am. Pretty rough for a girl who is used to going to bed at 2am and waking up at 10 or 11am. It seems like by the time I get home from work, have dinner, and relax it's already bedtime. Ah, the real world. On the other hand, I don't know why I didn't try getting an internship last summer. I make more now in 8 hours than I did working 20 hours at the spa. Bazinga. Maybe I can start saving for a plane ticket back to Budapest :)

Day 2 - I need coffee


Dubya's Take Budapest 2.0

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Danube boat cruise 
Joe didn't like his first sip of alcohol
More free champagne for me!

MY BRIDGE! Liberty Bridge 
Chain Bridge & Buda Castle

Joe cheesin' in front of Parliament
My university
Inside - swanky!
Formerly Karl Marx University...Karl is still in the atrium
Please note my FTD eyebrow ;)
Chillin like villains
Magyar food from the market....YUM
Central Market
Harry Potter Car AKA Communist Trabant
Szechenyi Thermal Baths

Looooong escalators out of the metro
Soulshake and Tokaji wine, om nom nom
Can we fit my life in four suitcases without luggage fees?
Yes we can!! 
Mission complete
Just for laughs: mug shot and sticker (aka my visa) that
was a pain in the ass to get & expired before I left the country

Dubya's Take Budapest

My mom has been bugging me to put pictures up here of their visit to Budapest so all her work friends can see. So here are the pictures and a shoutout to "the clique" :) 

Upon arrival
Who sleeps like this? 
The Dubya's
On Gellert Hill, overlooking my neighborhood

Fisherman's Bastion 
Dome of Parliament
"Don't touch!"
Love love love love
Mathias Church 
King St. Stephen, converting pagans since 1000 AD

Castle District, Buda

Buda Castle

Loving on the Danube
Kurtos kulacs - yum
Famous cafe since the 1800s

Secret underground hospital / nuclear bunker
Preserved in it's original form
Watch out Dad, you have competition!