Adam Lehman

IBMoving to Austin, TX? Perhaps?

Adam Lehman
IBMoving to Austin, TX? Perhaps?

First and foremost, that IBMoving joke was made up by the stunning Sarah Collins at Lure Design Inc., I can't take credit for that one. 

 

WHAT HAVE I BEEN UP TO SINCE I GOT BACK FROM NYC?

Well, I had some finals to take care of. One paper, 2 exams, and some projects later and I'm done! See ya later college. But of course, through all of the studying and buttoning up of projects I was emailing, and emailing and emailing.. 

I applied for a few more jobs in NYC, and the creative director of Etsy, Randy Hunt, got me in contact with Doug, I think he's a creative director or something like that, over at IBM. I had an informational meeting with him last Thursday. We chatted about IBM, what they are doing, etc. We chatted about my work and he said he thought I had the chops and to apply. So I did that day. The week after (this week) I had an interview with another girl named Tessa. After some comical emailing trying to set up a time and date for the interview we decided on Wednesday at 3pm ET. It was also Cinco de Mayo so we talked about tacos..

So Wednesday (yesterday) Tessa called me and we had a wonderful meeting. We talked about our nights the night before, we talked about IBM Design Camp, we talked about my work some more and what I like about design. This interview was probably the best I have ever felt in an interview situation so far. I felt confident and comfortable talking to Tessa on the other end. At the end of the interview she informed me that I would hear from them within 2 weeks if they were going to pursue this as an option, so I crossed my fingers and told her to have a great day. 10 minutes later I get an email from IBM saying they want to fly me out to Austin, TX next Thursday for another interview. HOLY SHIT. YES. 

I remember in middle school and high school looking at IBM and wanting to really work for them one day. I thought they were doing meaningful things and I wanted to work for something like that. Now here I am, interviewing with them! It's definitely a surreal moment where I took a step back and just smiled. You have to in a situation like this. So naturally, I celebrated with my friends last night and we had a good time. I think it's important to share smiling moments with anyone and everyone, and my friend group is amazing in their support and good times with me. 

What about NYC?

Well, yeah. Here's the deal. I've always had my sights set on NYC but that doesn't mean I can't take a pitstop on the way. And IBM has an NYC office, along with UK, Germany, and Shanghai.. 

I wanted IBM since I was a kid, and there is no way I would ever turn down this opportunity. And I researched Austin and it looks pretty amazing and fun. It's a young city with huge potential. I'm only 22, I have time to travel the world and work places but right now I know for sure that I want to work at IBM, anywhere in the world, and I want to grow with them. And if you know me personally, you know that I am certain of what I want and don't want, what I like and don't like, what I need to do and what I don't need to do. 

So to say the least I am incredibly happy. I've been anxious since I got off the phone yesterday and I really hope next week goes well and I can get secure this job.

Other opportunities.

I have an informational meeting with Jeremy Cruz at Pepsi today at 3. I heard from the director of hiring a Etsy and they might have a Junior Designer position coming up, I also applied to an internship there. But otherwise I am focused on IBM. I can't say it enough, haha.


I read a great Dr. Suess quote today that I really like (and my sister Heather is a Suess fanatic) so it goes like this:

"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory."

I think I've always agreed with this even though I never knew how to word it. I think it's important to remember to enjoy situation, the good, the bad, the painfully awkward. Everything you experience is important and you need to embrace it fully without a care. That's the only way to really feel the moment and learn from it. So right now I am witnessing memories in real time, and smiling the whole way through.