My journey as an intern at Focal Point Solutions

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Date: March 17, 2013 at 10:51 am

Hello, I’m Bret Stites and I am a student at the University of Cincinnati. This is my first blog from my perspective as an intern at Focal Point Solutions. My major right now is business undecided. I grew up in a small town in Indiana. In high school my hobbies were sports and girls, just like any other teenage guy. After I graduated I was initially accepted into the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences but decided that business interested me more. Prior to this internship I have had no other work experience besides fast food and working at a golf course.

In college you are supposed to learn the skills that will last you throughout your life and accompany you in your future career. My journey began last August when I was given the incredible opportunity to start interning for Focal Point Solutions.  Focal Point Solutions is a SharePoint consulting company based out of Cincinnati, OH.  They provide end-to-end SharePoint solutions and partner with some of the best companies in the business.

Now, I find myself being a full time student and part-time intern. I have really enjoyed it thus far.  It has been a great way to gain much needed experience as well as well as a way to earn some money along the way.  The work environment at Focal Point is truly enjoyable, and I immediately felt comfortable there. They have done a great job working with my class schedule and giving me plenty of time to focus on school.

When I first started, I was assigned tasks such as event preparation.  It was a great way for me to get a feel for Focal Point Solutions and what the company offers. I appreciated that after completing each task my boss was sure to make me feel appreciated. Since then, I have moved up the totem pole. I have begun to learn more about SharePoint and the many job opportunities it offers.  I had the chance to go to a client meeting with Stephanie Donahue, a SharePoint architect. It was a great learning experience, in which I went to the client offices for the first few days so we could work hand-in-hand with the company. I learned how to properly interact with a client and how to find out exactly what they are looking for from our services.

Recently, I have been spending a lot of time with Tony Maddin, another SharePoint Architect. Tony Maddin is the resident SharePoint Diva and master professor. I have been lucky enough to be the recipient of his vast SharePoint knowledge. Lately, he has been giving me some hands on experience.  Tony has had me creating a SharePoint environment to practice in. It’s nice having someone as experienced as Tony sitting two desks away if I have any questions.  I hope to one day be a SharePoint master with his help!

This is my first of many blog posts that I will be writing over the next few months.


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