I am amazed at the process at which a gardener can grow a flower or plant. The effort it takes to prepare and position seeds for success is amazing. I often think about this process as I have progressed in my career and planted seeds at CDW. Each of those "seeds" is an opportunity to stretch your abilities or grow your career journey.
Why am I talking about plants on a blog for a technology company? At CDW, the seeds planted since I began almost 15 years ago, are too many to count. And they are continuing to grow. Whether I am working with customers one-on-one, leading a team of individuals to a career in technology, and nurturing a team of tenured sellers, I have been able to grow personally and professionally.
At the beginning of 2018, I found myself at a new opportunity to lead the Cisco Excellence team at CDW. We are responsible for the ongoing business, strategy and execution of the Cisco business at CDW.
Cisco and CDW have an incredible relationship. It extends with our participation with Cisco's Talent Bridge, a Cisco Networking Academy program. The Cisco Networking Academy program teaches thousands of students worldwide the skills required to build, design and maintain networks. In 2018, CDW became the exclusive sponsor of the Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team at Cisco Live and continues that sponsorship this year. The Dream Team consists of individuals that have been selected by Cisco and CDW as the top in their classes at the Cisco Networking Academy. This program is top notch and globally known for educating and training new-to-career individuals starting or transitioning into the technology industry. At Cisco Live, the Dream Team will support the Network Operation Center (NOC) team onsite to create an exceptional customer experience and uninterrupted wireless network connectivity at the event.
The way a gardener cares for their plants is similar to the way leadership at CDW supports our coworkers in their career journey. The Dream Team represents, to CDW, an extension of our culture of providing individuals the opportunity to become successful in the technology industry. CDW provides networking opportunities at the event, a lunch & learn session around preparing for an interview and a panel discussion. Over the last several years, this partnership has been extremely successful in preparing students to be hired into CDW’s Associate Consulting Engineer Program. When CDW Talent Acquisition sees the Cisco Networking Academy experience on a resume, we know that those individuals have had top notch, hands-on, industry leading training.
At CDW, we care deeply about our coworkers, customers, partners, and communities we live and work in. We partner with many organizations to make a difference in the communities and lives we touch. CDW’s amazing learning culture provides opportunities to build your career like I have done for myself. The garden is blossoming at CDW we look forward to planting more seeds to grow our coworkers and future talent of CDW.