Working at Wayne State I am exposed to more people and cultures than at any other job I have worked. Just the sheer number of groups of people I work with have their own internal cultures beyond the traditional culture of nationalities.
Some factor that shape my work and study environment are:
- How open my department is to giving everyone freedom to experiment, learn and grow. We are a marketing office filled with creatives with hard to define deliverables. The culture in the office of about 40 people consists of various nationalities and backgrounds but we all have the same mentality. Service is everything, and everything is marketing. It leads us to extend our reach beyond our departmental walls to help anyone and everyone that asks. Purely by example new hires learn that their job is to go above and beyond. It is breed in to everyone that steps in to the department.
- My current boss shapes my work environment by supporting me within and outside our departmental walls. Of all my previous bosses he is the only one who will defend every one of his employees and their actions. He truly trusts us and our decisions, he doesn’t get in the way and knows that he can’t control or understand everything. It leads to very little over head and being agile enough to make decisions quickly.
- A factor that shapes my study environment is my parents. Both are recently retired teachers from Hamtramck Public Schools. Their impact on my education and how I approach learning is instilled into everything I do. They taught me that everything is a learning experience. Formal classrooms are just one point of contact for learning but every situation and person teach a lesson. A culture of learning spreads deep in my family and continues to this day. My wife is a teacher and I love teaching in any capacity. For me, once you give up the willingness to learn you have given up the willingness to live.