A Day in the Life – Megan
What is your title? Describe what you do.
I am a Functional Analyst at CSCI, but what I actually do is support Navy Coalition Sharing; in plain English, I am a liaison for the Navy to US foreign partners.
What drew you to CSCI? Why did you choose to work here?
In support of the National Defense Strategy, the DoD started working towards better coalition sharing solutions. When I discovered that CSCI had a position opening to fill that need for the Navy, I started to learn more about the company and it seemed like a great fit.
How was the switch for you?
I have worked as a government contractor for almost 15 years, switching companies was not new to me, however I was excited to work for a WOSB. The team was really welcoming.
What makes CSCI different than your previous workplaces?
I am given a lot of support and flexibility in my position at CSCI. My position is not only a new position for the company, but a new position for our Navy customer. I have been given the freedom to take ownership of my role and work closely with my government team.
What do you like best about working at CSCI?
I’ve really enjoyed the people that I work with, they are all very knowledgeable, well rounded and bring joy to the work day.
What is an example of a success story you have had at CSCI? How did you achieve success on that project or endeavor?
I have been able to educate my colleagues about the benefit of Coalition Sharing, it’s been really fulfilling to watch our community change their perception of how to work with partners around the globe.
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?
I happen to have a B.A. in Communication and I am sure it is helpful, but for any liaison position one just needs to be a good communicator, which starts with being a good listener and asking questions. A major part of my role is to get technical SMEs to explain their information to those of us who are not technical.
What’s on your playlist when you’re focusing on a project at work and when you travel?
My commuting playlist is typically NPR podcasts like “Wait, Wait don’t tell me” and “Ask Me Another”.
What has helped you stay focused during this pandemic remote work situation? How have you adapted professionally?
I have not truly experienced a “remote work situation”, it is not possible for me to do any work at home; I am in the office every day. The benefit is, with most other people working from home, traffic in the DC area has really improved!
When things get closer to normal, what is the first thing you want to do that you cannot do right now?
I cannot wait to see my grandmother, spend time with her, and give her a big hug!
How will this unprecedented time change your perspective?
When I meet someone new or a see a colleague I simply wave from 6 feet away with a mask on and a bottle of hand sanitizer in my hand. I miss seeing smiles and shaking hands. I’m an extrovert, seeing people smile gives me such joy and this pandemic has been hard on extroverts (and huggers). During this pandemic we’ve learned that we can adapt to communicate with friends, family and colleagues virtually or at a distance. It’s been great to know that we can adapt.