Ikram

Computer Science Intern

"The best thing about my team is how collaborative and helpful they were. Even though we all had our own projects, everyone was willing to make time for suggestions on my projects."

What are you working on at Keysight?

I worked on two main projects. For the first project, I created one-page summaries of Keysight’s interactions and relationships with our strategic colleges and universities. I centralized the worldwide data, analyzed it, then created meaning out of that data. Using the Computer Science skills I learned from school, I streamlined and automated the process of generating the one-pagers. I was able to use all of the Computer Science skills I learned from school to make the project as successful as possible.

My second project was much more ambiguous and creative. I was asked to construct a social media campaign, but was given the freedom to create my own approach. It required research and looking at data then asking the right questions to make meaning out of my findings.

If you could spend time at another Keysight location, where would you go and why?

I would love to go to the Santa Rosa site. I hear they have boxing classes and it’s my favorite hobby.

How does your role at Keysight complement your major and vice versa?

During my internship, I was able to utilize problem solving skills I learned at UC Berkeley. My role at Keysight complemented my major as it allowed me to creatively approach marketing projects from a technical perspective. For example, one of my projects required me to create one pagers of pertinent corporate information. Although it was not required of me, I was able to streamline and automate the process of creating the one pagers, which clearly required knowledge from my Computer Science courses.

What do you like best about working with your team?

My team is amazing! They are some of the funniest and smartest people I’ve ever met. The best thing about my team is how collaborative and helpful they were. Even though we all had our own projects, everyone was willing to make time for suggestions on my projects. I also really appreciated how well our personalities and different skillsets meshed together. This enabled us to be creative on projects we collaborated on as well as continue bonding even outside of work.

What’s something you’ve learned while at Keysight?

While interning at Keysight, I had the opportunity to work with individuals around the globe. I learned about cultural differences and how to effectively navigate them. I also learned that flexibility is crucial when working in a global company. Sometimes global meetings are scheduled at odd times, so you won't work a typical 9-5. I preferred starting work early and leaving early - this gave me the chance to work around my coworkers’ schedules in the UK and catch an early boxing class after work. Keysight supported my choice and allowed me to have flexibility over my own schedule.

If you could give one piece of advice to future interns, what would it be?

Step out of your comfort zone and explore! I was very scared to relocate from California for my internship, but it has been one of the most rewarding and fulfilling summers I have ever had. It would not have turned out this way if I did not push myself to step outside of my comfort zone.

What has surprised you most about interning at Keysight?

I was surprised by how invested Keysight is in my career path and personal growth beyond my internship. I was introduced to different groups at Keysight, and I was able to asses if they might be a good fit for me in the future. It was refreshing to be given this opportunity as well as be able to speak with my manager about other Keysight groups that interest me.

Any funny stories you’d like to share about your Keysight experience?

I lived my entire life in California where if you want to see snow you have to drive to it. I love hot weather, so I never visited the snow. Of course, in my first week interning at Keysight in Colorado, it decided to snow. I found out that I am definitely the slowest driver on the road when it’s snowing and that sneakers are not snow shoes. Luckily, my team was able to work from home for the rest of the week instead of struggling in the snow!

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