is part of a blog series from CommScope interns. The series will share
experiences from students as they apply classroom learnings to real-world
challenges in the workplace.
first post, I talked about my background, the first days
of my internship at CommScope, and some of the projects where I applied my
classroom learning. I also started sharing the commonly accepted phases of the learning process: Cognitive,
Associative and Autonomous. I’ll continue with the Associative phase.
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This is the phase where one ‘connects
the dots,’ I felt a ‘eureka’ moment every time I cracked a concept and saw my
work materialize! As part of a project, I worked on the AGC performance
validation and unit testing of a next generation product. I saw firsthand the
value and importance of tasks such as documentation and presentations!
I was mentored by a technical specialist
on another project for the summer. My mentor had nearly four decades of
research and development experience in the cellular industry. He always ensured
that I focused on the bigger picture rather than limiting myself to performing
what was assigned.
The weekly Executive Speaker Series
during this time was one of the highlights of my internship experience. This
series is intended to give the interns exposure to members of CommScope
Executive Leadership team as they share their background, education, early work
experiences as well as career development and how they ended up in their
current executive position.
One of the many learnings I gathered
from this series was a statement made by CommScope's CTO Morgan Kurk. “Avoid
submitting a document/work that you are not proud of putting your name on!” This
speaks volumes about keeping in mind the quality of work delivered as a matter
Creation is the act or the process of
bringing something into existence to disrupt the existing monotony and refine
existing methods. My experience at CommScope was all about creating and it gave
me immense pride to know that my contribution is a part of a next generation
It also left me surprised that time
had passed so quickly and it was almost time to say goodbye to the familiarity
I was beginning to develop.
For a graduate student in the ENTS
program, CommScope is an ideal company to exercise your classroom learnings in
a real-world environment. Aside from working with the concepts of wireless connectivity,
I have become more cognitive about my own capabilities, limitations and sense
of clarity as I commence my second year at the university in fall.
Many of us are aware of the adage that
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” but that certainly didn’t happen
to me! With Social Fridays, the summer outing to Kimbal Farm, a
memorable trek to the Flume Gorge, and a chance to explore Boston and Rhode
Island over the weekends, these proved to be the ideal compliments that balanced
my fruitful work experience. Maybe Jack should apply to work at CommScope!