Live from SHARE 2017: Why I Chose to Launch my Career at Rocket Software
Rocket might not make any product you’ve ever heard of. They don’t have their name on any stadiums, or on the hoods of racecars and there definitely aren’t any “Rocket Music Festivals” (though that would be freaking awesome). Even so, millions of people all over the world are touched by Rocket technology every day—including me and you.
Rocket customers are the brands that you do see on stadiums and racecars. Rocket makes products that they, and many of the world’s top-performing businesses, use to run their critical infrastructure.
For my non-IT friends, infrastructure can refer to all the background technology that businesses rely on for daily operation. A good portion of you probably don’t think about the servers, mainframes, or backup tech that runs 24/7 underneath your daily activities. But when the mainframe crashes and millions of dollars in revenue are lost, you can be sure your executives are thinking about it!
Then there’s me—trained since freshman year at Ithaca College to aim for the P&Gs, the Nabiscos, and the Unilevers of the world; consumer brands that amount to billions of dollars collectively. B2B was a secondary option by the time I began searching for my last summer internship opportunity in 2016. That spring, Rocket Software Inc. was just another anonymous corporation floating around Indeed.com. Sitting in the “Pub” of my campus center, I read the description for the content marketing internship and submitted my resume like I had 36 times already that semester. Rocket was just another line on my spreadsheet of applications—one of 40, to be exact.
I was extended the offer at 9pm the day of my back-to-back phone interviews with HR and the hiring manager. That should have been the first clue that Rocket was a little different than other organizations I’d worked for, but it didn’t really hit me until I arrived at Rocket headquarters for my first day.
I walked into 77 Fourth Avenue in May with few expectations of the internship itself. I had only a vague idea of who Rocket was, or what they did. My interest was in a summer of writing original content professionally for the first time, and finally graduating past the soul-sucking grunt work of previous internships. But there was instant chemistry between myself and the other interns, and I found it easier to talk to strangers than I ever had before—and those strangers became friends very quickly. 10 weeks was more than enough time for me to realize I wanted to stay.
I read once that people don’t leave jobs because of the work, so much as the people they work with. Even as an intern, it was obvious the people at Rocket were higher quality than most. I’ve met the kindest, most passionate, and sincere people from all corners of Rocket, and I’m proud to call many of them my friends. To be honest, they make it easy.
When summer ended, I was a human knot of anxiety walking into my last semester as a college student. I elected to graduate a semester early in December, and thus had half the time as the rest of my class to find my first job—and I had my heart set on Rocket. Finally, in September, I learned that Rocket was interested in moving forward with an offer. Cue the sigh of relief heard ‘round the world!
Since joining full-time, I’ve experienced again and again all the things I wanted to come back to as an intern. Being surrounded by veteran professionals, I’m supported on all sides by people who want to help me succeed. Unlike working with other 20-somethings, there’s no pettiness and competition because I’m in an office filled with people who are secure in their own professions. My Rocket family has given me the confidence to try new things, practice new marketing skills, and lay the foundation of what (I hope!) will be a long and happy career.