I didn’t always know I’d have a career in computing. When I was eleven years old, my otherwise normal, happy childhood endured its first trauma: my grandmother passed away. The sorrow I felt was compounded by the dreary winter storm that nearly postponed her funeral. In my search for escape from dealing with the newfound reality of loss, the inquisitive eleven-year-old I was found a distraction: an old, broken computer, forgotten along with other spare parts in a corner of the garage.
I took that computer apart, and one by one began examining the different components to try to figure out what might be wrong with it. I eventually fixed it, much to my amazement and that of my family. From that moment on I was hooked — the rest of my adolescence was consumed with assembling, disassembling, repairing, and upgrading all kinds of computers.
Fast-forward to my senior year at UCF as an Information Technology major. One of the lessons I attended involved analyzing the amount of signal degradation in old or broken network cables. As exhilarating as it sounds, the tedium of the process quickly overwhelmed the attention spans in the room. Recognizing this, my professor said something that stuck with me: “You can always throw away a broken cable.” He elaborated that in real-life situations, quality should always be the goal, and that whenever in doubt, it’s usually best to err on the side of quality.
Not long after, I started as an intern at RCG. I learned quickly that RCG places a high value on quality. This insistence on quality is embedded as one of the firm’s Core Values, and team members are encouraged to discover and use their strengths to ensure quality remains a focus. Working at RCG allows me to use all my abilities to find solutions for our team members and our clients, and whenever I’m facing a dilemma I think back to what my professor said, and that quality is the goal. Looking back years later, I’m grateful to have found that internship with RCG.