*Corey here….In the next few blogs my Target Technology Services peers will provide unique perspectives from their various roles. Enjoy the series featuring insight into the TTS life!*
Hello everyone! My name is Audrey and I am part of the 2012 Technology Leadership Program (TLP). I wanted to talk a little bit about the program, my first project, and my transition to Target.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Technology Leadership Program, it is a 15 month rotational program within TTS and during those rotations you work in different areas of Information Technology. You get exposure to leadership opportunities as well as learn how to create innovative technology solutions for a variety of applications, platforms and environments. The purpose of the program is to hire talented external candidates or internal Target talent and grow them into future TTS technical and business leaders. This program is great for multiple reasons; one being the ability to become acclimated with the Target culture but also the opportunity to explore the different job families within TTS. For me this was great because I didn’t necessarily know what I wanted to do professionally, so this program is giving me the opportunity to work in different areas with the ultimate goal of figuring out what is it that I would like to do long term.
The focus of my first rotation was on streamlining and automating a very manual process. During the rotation I was able to gain both project management and engineering experience. By the end of the rotation I was able to improve the stability of the manual process by delivering a more streamlined/repeatable process while also creating a roadmap for future automation. My team gave me the freedom to do what I thought was best for the initiative; I felt my opinion was heavily valued throughout the rotation which was totally unexpected since I was so new to Target.
Which brings me to my next topic…
I recently graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Management Information Systems. Transitioning from college into “the real world” for me was very scary because I didn’t know what to expect. (New state…new job…new everything!)
“Will I actually apply what I’ve learned in college throughout my job”…“will they value my opinion since I am new to Target”…“will I know everything”… Those were some of the many questions I had starting out and I’ve found that the majority of my questions went right out of the window once I started my first rotation. My team as well as my coach, mentor, and sponsors have been great at making sure I have the proper tools needed to succeed at Target. The support system for the TLPers is unreal and much appreciated. I can honestly say my transition was extremely easy because of that.
I highly encourage anyone who is interested in the program to go for it! This has been one of the best experiences for me and I’m sure other TLPers would say the same.
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