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I recently celebrated a milestone: I successfully completed my first year with Intel. It seems like just yesterday I was dressed in my black slacks and grey button-up and was shown my ‘home away from home’ that I would spend much of my working time in. In the days to follow, I was introduced to incredible people who were going to be my co-workers, learned about Intel and our strategy moving forward and discovered how I fit into the big picture.

As the economy took a hit, I realized how fortunate I was to be where I was: not only was I fortunate to have a job, but I was blessed to have one that I loved. The challenge of a new role and the uncertainty of unexplored territory combined with the support of intelligent, helpful teammates and the encouragement of taking risks translated into wonderful opportunities. Over the past year, I was taught the lay of the land but also encouraged to venture out and try something new. So, off I went with my teammates and together we accomplished a lot. We worked on finding ways to connect with you through the Jobs@Intel blog and Twitter and our Discover Intel Facebook Fan page. We even launched a new social networking portal called “Your Job Network” on the Jobs at Intelweb site where you can choose how to connect with us. We’ve started, we’re excited and we can’t wait to keep going! (But none of this could be possible without you…so go on, leave us a note and tell us what you think. We’d love to know your thoughts!)

A lot has changed in a year, yet much remains the same. I swapped my business casual attire for the more common (and comfortable) jeans and a sweater look. My grey cube is still, well, grey but I’ve livened it up with photos. And around my birthday, 60 pink balloons and the Jonas Brothers (cut-out) made a "guest appearance" in it. My co-workers are still as incredible (if not more) than when I met them and have become friends. While I don’t think I will ever stop learning about Intel and our future plans, everyday is a different opportunity for me to find ways to create an impact on the big picture of where we are going. One milestone has passed which means there are only more to come. I, for one, can’t wait to see what happens next!



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