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Get carried away with Intel: from intern to a full-time employee

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What does every college graduate dream about? For me, it was to get a great full-time job with a multinational company after completing an internship and my degree. In 2008 when I entered Intel as an intern in their European Staffing group, I was pretty excited about opportunities and career paths that Intel could offer. It turned out that there were many more paths than I initially expected. Now, three years later, is a perfect time to look back and reflect upon the memories of my Intel experience.

At first, I got totally carried away by the fascinating world of business meetings, important phone calls and working with people from all over the world. My first job was to search for interns and college graduates in Russia. Online recruiting, organizing and attending career fairs and Intel days at universities—it all was a great experience. This job was appealing to me because I knew what students wanted to hear from an employer and how we could attract our target audience.

As much as I enjoyed what I was doing, I wanted a new challenge. Fortunately for me, Intel never stops developing employees, professionally and individually. After I talked to my manager and told him that I was totally ready to take up something new, he offered me the opportunity to support Intel’s hiring needs in the Middle East, in addition to what I did for Russia. My first reaction was shock; how can someone search for candidates who are located miles away? Turns out it’s entirely possible! My senior colleagues shared their tips and tricks on how to reach a good candidate who is located in another country. This precious experience helped me understand that the richer job background you have -the more valuable professional you are. What I mean is that it’s always challenging to get out of your comfort zone and start exploring something completely new, but once you have started- there’s no way back.

As I became more proficient in my position, I found it was the right time to move on, so one day I found out there was another internship opportunity within Intel’s Employee Communications group. I applied for the job and, happily, I got it! My new responsibilities included writing news and employee information for Intel local and regional communication channels. Even though I moved from recruiting to journalism, I stayed within the HR function. This new job gave me a broader perspective on HR as a function and it particularly helped me develop my writing and communication skills. It was my second year with Intel and I felt like I was ready for a full-time job.

They say “all roads lead to Rome”—this proverb proved to be true. Eventually, I got a full-time position in Staffing as a Recruiter for the UK and Nordics region. I returned to where I started, but it was a great step forward. What I really love about Intel is that you always have an opportunity to grow. No matter if you are a fresh intern or a mature specialist, you will always have a chance to try something new, something that would fit your personal and professional interests.

Look out for the Jobs at Intel in your country and I am absolutely sure you will enjoy being carried away!
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