In my recent blog post, What Do Millennials Want?, I mentioned that we are bringing you a special blog series, “Informatica Interns Ideas: 2014.” Today’s post comes from Jacob Lauing, a Product Marketing Management Intern located in our Redwood City HQ office. Jacob is a journalism junior at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly). When Jacob is not working at Informatica, you can find him editing news stories and managing a staff full of reporters as Editor in Chief of Mustang News, Cal Poly’s student newspaper.
An empty pick-up truck rocketing down the highway screeches to a 10-mph stroll, then packs on 100 pounds of cargo.
That’s how I’d describe my first week at Informatica.
I come from the world of journalism – a fast-paced, whirlwind of an industry where news breaks at all hours of the day and nine-to-five jobs are a myth. It’s a hectic lifestyle, so when I began my tenure as a product marketing management intern for the cloud division here at Informatica, it’s safe to say things were a bit slower. With that transition came fear – fear that I wasn’t qualified to work here, fear that I wouldn’t catch on to the technical nature of the company, and fear that I simply wouldn’t mesh with the industry as a whole.
But fear is exactly why I’m here. I wanted an internship outside of my comfort zone, something completely new and exciting in an industry I know nothing about. Whether it ends up working out or not, I’m here to learn, and in that regard, my time at Informatica has been nothing but successful.
I thought I was tech-savvy when I came to Informatica.
21st century journalists pride themselves on being technologically sound – they rely on technology to tell stories in innovative ways. But when I sat in on my first product marketing meeting, I knew I had a whole lot to learn. At that point, I probably couldn’t name a difference between Data Integration, Data Quality, Master Data Management and Real-Time Integration. Keep in mind all of these processes are shortened to their initials, so DI, DQ and MDM meant nothing to me.
I felt lost, and pretty far behind my co-workers. But, the one trait that has carried over from my life as a journalist is the ability to learn quickly. After a couple “brain dumps” with my manager, where he poured all of the basic data integration knowledge into my head for hours, I found myself rattling off industry jargon like I’d been here for years.
I never assumed Informatica would be a perfect match for me, because that’s not why I applied for the internship. Like most journalists, I’m driven by curiosity. My brain is a sponge, and I’m at Informatica to absorb as much as I can about this essential industry in 12 weeks.
That truck I mentioned earlier, it’s been through a lot. It’s been forced to cruise on a new highway at a much different pace. That heavy cargo slowed it down, and had it driving far below the speed limit.
Now, it’s starting to accelerate.