What do you enjoy most about your job and why?
The ability to learn daily and interact with multiple people are my favorite parts of the job. I am invigorated every day by the opportunity to collaborate with my teammates at Pickett and client contacts to solve problems and discover innovative ways for completing tasks. In the GIS department, no two days are really the same which allows for me to soak up new knowledge and work with others on a multitude of tasks. The added responsibility of being the Safety Coordinator of our Tampa office further fuels my hunger for learning and sharing knowledge with others.
If you had to describe what it is like working at Pickett in one word, what would it be and why?
Culture-driven (it’s hyphenated so I am calling that one word). From the top-down, you can sense and see a work culture at Pickett. A culture of thinking critically to meet challenges. A culture of collaboration and forward-thinking to consider new or more efficient ways to complete a task. A culture of fun and engagement where teammates can get to know each other on a personal level. A culture of dedication and commitment to doing the job right. A culture of learning and sharing ideas. Culture is a living, breathing being that is renewed and encouraged every day at Pickett. In our GIS pod, we exercise this culture daily whether it is during a team meeting or it can be as simple as bouncing a question off the rest of the team. More times than not, I come away learning more than what my question originally intended to find out during discussions with my GIS colleagues.
How does your role bring out your strengths?
My role allows me to exercise my strong communication and organizational skills. I love to chat with my colleagues at Pickett about a project or a way to attack a project from a different point of view. I am always writing notes and creating ways to organize my thoughts and structure tasks in a way that can be easier to digest rather than looking at the big picture. My attention to detail allows me to focus on the variety of tasks that I get to work on. This allows me to really learn the material and hopefully pass on that knowledge to other inquiring minds.
What is your favorite type of music?
I enjoy a variety of music but if I had to choose one genre, I would go with instrumental music either rock or jazz-based or instrumental contemporary music overall. I am a big fan of theme songs and background music. I’ve noticed that listening to music without lyrics allows your mind to relax or helps intensify thoughts when you are working on a task in the ways where lyrical songs may distract those types of thoughts. Good concentration music when working on GIS I suppose!
If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Time or money would be two of the more obvious choices because of what each would allow, but I’ll choose a different answer and go with an unlimited supply of freedom. Having the freedom to learn all the things I still want to learn, the freedom to read all the books I want to read, the freedom to travel and visit as may places I can, the freedom to meet and have a conversation with all the people throughout history both past and present that I would love to meet and learn from and most importantly, the freedom to do it all whenever I choose to.