A Day in the Life – DC
What is your title? Describe what you do.
My official title is Project Manager. However, my role is primarily providing program support to a group of technical and security professionals.
What drew you to CSCI? Why did you choose to work here?
I was preparing to retire from the US Army after 22 years and was making the rounds of interviews. A friend from my church recommended that I meet the leadership at CSCI and arranged an interview. I came in and had the interview leaving thinking that it would be a great place to work, but my skill-set did not seem to match the company’s core business. Twenty years later I am still here.
How was the switch for you?
Like I said 20 years later I am still here. I literally retired from the Army on one day and the next day I was working here.
What makes CSCI different than your previous workplaces?
Well since I have only worked here other than the Army and my retail jobs and my one stint as a factory worker, I do not have much to compare it to. My experience in life tells me that most workplaces are what you make of them, but I will add one of the things that has always been a hallmark of CSCI is the opportunity you are provided to expand your horizon and “think outside of the box” if you will. It has proven to be a place that is very supportive.
What do you like best about working at CSCI?
They pay me! Seriously, it is interesting work, with an incredible group of professionals and each member of the team is valued. Did I mention I have been here 20 years?
What is an example of a success story you have had at CSCI? How did you achieve success on that project or endeavor?
I think my entire tenure here has been a success story. I have worked on some incredible projects, finding ways to contribute and be supportive has marked my time here at CSCI. That success is marked by strong leadership, engaged customers, true team players and corporate support that makes it all work.
What advice would you give to someone looking to pursue a role like yours? Are there specific character traits or skills/certifications you should possess?
Flexibility and always be learning. Learning does not just involve formal education (which is important to remain current) but it is as important is to learn from those you serve and those who lead you.
What’s on your playlist when you’re focusing on a project at work and when you travel?
Christmas music year-round, James Taylor, Styx, Carol King, Oleta Adams, Classical (choral and orchestral), Nat King Cole, Nickle Creek, Sacred Harp, Southern Gospel, Gospel.
What has helped you stay focused during this pandemic remote work situation? How have you adapted professionally?
I live by the motto in the middle of any crisis, “this too shall pass”. It has taken some adjustment, but in keeping with my theme, we are a group/company that is focused on getting the mission done. Therefore, we find a way and that is what we have done over these months. Learning ways to make the effort transparent to the customer as we continue to meet or exceed their requirements.
When things get closer to normal, what is the first thing you want to do that you cannot do right now?
How will this unprecedented time change your perspective?
Mmmmm, not sure it has changed my perspective. I will continue to see life through a very positive prism, even amid difficulties. 2020 has been tough going. More for some than others. But a look at the past always gives one hope for the future because of being overcomers. There is always hope. The alternative is not an option for me.