“I worried about if I could be successful here. Was I going to be able to find a job after? Was I even going to get through the program? I don’t come from a tech background, so it was both intimidating and worrying to see if I’d be able to adapt to the new environment and experiences that I’d be exposed to.”
Franklin Ramirez was unstimulated by his job in retail—but he was an optimizer, always looking for ways to improve the business.
While working for a major department store in New York, he spearheaded an initiative to digitize daily operations and merchandise control. His story caught our attention during the admissions process. What mattered most to us was that it was evidence of a time when he took on a challenge outside of his job function simply because he saw a need and wanted to help. He’s exactly the kind of thinker innovative companies need.
Ramirez led the charge in digitizing the company’s paper records, and collaborated with the store’s IT department to implement technology that would expedite inventory processes. In the meantime, he exceeded expectations in his own role, assisting in-house marketing efforts which sparked his interest in advertising.
A year in, after being met with bureaucratic responses to his innovative ideas, it was clear to Ramirez it was time to move on.