As the summer winds down and fall looms in the near future, I am thankful for the opportunity to expand my technology skills, meet some amazing people, and experience situations that forced me to grow as an individual.
I learned a lot: how to fix the blue screen of death in Windows (usually reinstall the whole OS), how to deal with angry customers, how much old people appreciate help with computers, how to diagnose hardware issues, remove and replace hard drives, and the list goes on. My coworkers were the backbone of this learning, and I am immensely grateful for their continued efforts to share what they know.
This past weekend I met a gentleman a few years older than me who has been working for the company who own the Geek store for about three years. The business that operates the stores also has an intricate industry-side business that involves setting up and maintaining the computer systems and networks for more than 300 businesses in the metro Detroit area. He told me his story of working his way up from being a tech at the storefront to now being a member of the business side, and it made me wish I could stay at the Geek store longer and continue to move up in the company. However, between school and the commute to the store it’s not viable for me to do that during the school year. I am disappointed and feel, at least in part, that I am missing an opportunity. Yet, I know that I gained a lot this summer, and the Geek store and business network side of the company will be around if I ever decide to return after graduation or even next summer.