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Guest Post: Maggie, Nazareth Academy BOOST Intern
After finishing my junior year at Nazareth Academy, I had the privilege of being selected and participating in their four-week BOOST internship program with RyTech this summer. Coming into the internship, I did not have much experience that I thought was relevant to RyTech and would help me succeed here. Sure, I can divide polynomials and explain why the United States’ economy crashed in the 1930s, probably saying a portion of it in French, too, but how will that help a business that’s focus is technology and digital media? When I began my internship, I discovered RyTech is not only about technology; there’s an artistic aspect in their graphic and web design, which I was excited to learn more about. I ended up learning a lot in my short time here, which will definitely help me in the future.
As I started at RyTech, I was tasked with creating some graphics, which RyTech will use in the future, and I needed to work with Adobe Illustrator to do so. Merely learning how to use Illustrator and the vast assortment of tools it contains was by far the most challenging aspect, but I discovered I actually was not too bad at using it (if I do say so myself). Once I finished those graphics, RyTech gave me the opportunity to try my hand at a logo for a client. To say I was intimidated is by far an understatement. I tried to create an image which followed the client’s wishes as well as stood out from logos of other businesses. Gaining exposure to this new program and getting comfortable using it will benefit me when it comes to future design projects or assignments I may receive from school, and I have the wonderful employees at RyTech to thank for that.
Ultimately, I am incredibly grateful to have received the opportunity to intern at RyTech this summer. I gained experience with applications I had not previously used, and I observed what a workplace looks like on an average day and how it functions. My recommendation to my peers would be for them to also find a summer internship because it is beneficial in many ways. Personally, I learned new skills, met great people, and of course it will not hurt to include on college or job applications in the upcoming months and years.
Mike Voss will be working with RyTech clients on their in-home and in-business IT support needs as well as assisting with some SEO services. RyTech looks forward to working with Mike and introducing him to our clients.
A Little About Mike
Born and raised in Elmhurst, Mike attended Visitation, Nazareth Academy and graduated with a B.S. in Information Technology from University of St. Francis.
Mike has passion for the latest innovative ideas in the field of technology.
Previously, Mike worked IT Support for Fortune 1000 company, The Hub Group, Inc. in Oak Brook, IL. Also, he has experience supporting technology in education working in technology departments at Districts 181 (Hinsdale) and 99 (Downers Grove).
His experience includes, but is not limited to, desktop/laptop support, remote support, tablets, iPads, mobile devices, Windows and Mac operating systems, network issues and 1:1 Chromebook initiative for 2,000+ students.
Mike enjoys building relationships with clients and assisting with all technology needs.
What was once such a simple holiday has morphed into something that has been dubbed, named, discussed, debated, and more! Where did all of the names come from and how did they really stick on? Advertisers have certainly helped with some, social media has emerged others, and big box companies have spent a lot of money pushing others! Here's our thought on the upcoming days.
Tonight we start with Black Wednesday and that one we will just leave alone! Have fun and remember to only take photos that you want to show up on social media!
Tomorrow, Thanksgiving, is a day to give thanks for the many blessings that we have within our lives and what we are thankful for over the past year. At RyTech, we are very thankful for the many, many individuals that have provided us much guidance and support throughout the year. From our family and friends to our trusted advisors, and of course, our clients! Thank you for you a tremendous year!
Friday kicks off the shopping season in time for the holidays. While once a time to get great deals in the wee hours of the morning and to get your Christmas shopping over with and done in one day, this Black Friday has changed and morphed by starting on Thursday afternoon and in some cases has already started! Good luck to everyone who is heading out shopping!
Saturday - once the day of rest - has been dubbed "Small Business Saturday". It's the branding for the smaller retail shops to compete with the larger named brands. As a small business owner, I completed understand the need and desire to "Shop Local" or "Shop Small". Those of you that have any budget left over from Thursday/Friday - head into a small business and give them some support this season. A number of our clients are small business owners, and we'd love to have you support them.
Sunday - what's that? No official name? Oh wait, in the Catholic faith it's the First Sunday of Advent! Phew! Thought we might miss one, but in all seriousness the day of rest, reflection, and preparation for the upcoming reason for the season.
Monday - As the Internet has grown from a new cool tool to a fad to a commonplace and necessary part of life, Cyber Monday emerged. Those who don't like to fight the crowds (myself included) and prefer to shop from the comfort of their own home or office can look for the myriad of emails on Monday that will surely plague your inbox! E-tailers and companies that didn't perform as well on Black Friday will definitely capitalize on this.
But, wait, there's more!
Tuesday - #GivingTuesday (yes, we'll say this one came from social media!) Nonprofits want to see the action that retailers, small businesses, and e-tailers had seen over the the weekend and dubbed the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as Giving Tuesday! A time to recognize your thankfulness and give back to the causes that you care about.
Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Black Friday! Happy Small Business Saturday! Happy First Sunday of Advent! Happy Cyber Monday! Happy Giving Tuesday!
In which day(s) will you participate?