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Three Lessons over Three Years

I’m taking a different approach today: I recently celebrated my third Intel-versary and I want to share what I’ve learned.

It feels like just yesterday I was getting ready for my first day of work…and then celebrating my first year at Intel. With Intel’s support, I’ve developed personally (crossing things off my bucket list, from running a half marathon to learning how to curl [there I am pictured in an Intel shirt too!]) and professionally (managing a blogbeing interviewed for articles and contributing to this blog!) Here I am, three years later. Three years, lots of work, lots of fun, and a few lessons along the way too!

(Btw, you can’t see the back of the shirt but it’s awesome! The front says, “I <3 geeks” and the back says “talk nerdy to me”, and they’re comfortable too!)

SejalCurling.jpgYou can make a difference 

There’s nothing more rewarding then knowing that you’re leaving your mark.

Words cannot describe the feeling when your hard work pays off and you see the fruit of your labor. Whether it’s from a long-awaited project finishing up, seeing the launch of a product you’ve been working on, knowing you’ve made a difference in the community through volunteering, or seeing the change in yourself through your participation in a healthy living benefit, Intel has helped me make a difference.

Ask for help

It happens to the best of us: we take on too much or everything just gets really busy at the exact same time and we can’t do it all.

Ask for help. There are people who are invested in your success and are willing to lend a hand to help you get there, but they can’t read minds. Asking for help also makes you recognize what your limitations and shortfalls are so you remain balanced.

I’ve also learned to ask for help in areas that I want to improve.

If I see someone role modelling behavior that I want to learn, I ask them. I ask them to help me, I ask them for tips, I ask them what they do. (You’d be surprised at how often this actually catches people off guard because they don’t even realize what it is they do!) By asking them for help, you’ll sometimes find a hidden mentor and the start of something beautiful!

Tomorrow’s a new day 

You’ll have your good days, you’ll have your bad days, and you’ll have your amazing days and everything in between.

Sometimes things can wait and you need to tear yourself away from your work—it will still be there tomorrow. Sometimes, you’re so close to a solution that you may actually need to step away and come back with a fresh perspective and attitude. Whatever happens, enjoy the moment and enjoy the journey because tomorrow is a new day.

What have you learned about yourself over the past few years?

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Sejal is a Recruitment Marketing Project Manager at Intel. She is part of the team that is responsible for Intel’s global employment brand. This team helps connect candidates with Intel and Intel with candidates using channels such as the Jobs at Intel web site, the Life at Intel microsite and other Web 2.0 channels. Sejal specifically manages theJobs at Intel Blog and Intel’s recruitment Facebook strategy. Originally from Toronto, Ontario (yes—a real, breathing Canadian!), Sejal graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with her Bachelor’s in Communications before starting at Intel in 2008. When she’s not working, you’ll find Sejal working at crossing things off of her Bucket List (which includes skydiving, reading 1000 books and traveling the world), eating cupcakes or spending time with family and friends. To learn more about opportunities with Intel, visit intel.com/jobs, follow Intel on Twitter @JobsatIntel or check out the Jobs@Intel blog!

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