The Anniversary Spotlight highlights an employee celebrating a significant work anniversary at UPMC every month.
Shane Chesnutt’s career path at UPMC was, in a word, ideal.
Flashback to the summer of 2013, when Shane was still a student at Slippery Rock University studying computer science. He landed an internship at the Technology Development Center (TDC), better known today as UPMC Enterprises.
Despite being a student who was unsure of where he would land, his experience at UPMC gave him the direction he was looking for.
“I really didn’t know what I was going to get into after school,” Shane said. “When you’re a college student, you’re really just looking for that first job, especially in the tech industry. You kind of just need the experience. I got lucky with really enjoying my internship and then just deciding to continue to work for UPMC Enterprises.”
After that initial summer of interning, Shane went back to school to finish up a final semester, then reached out to his manager at the time, Stuart Ingram, to see if there were any job openings. That’s when he was hired as an Associate Software Engineer.
Today, nine years later, Shane is still working at UPMC Enterprises. He is now a Senior Software Engineer. While working here, he’s had the opportunity to support a variety of projects, including VCC Messenger, Curavi, Arkos, and Rx Express. Shane said he appreciates the wide range of work available to him at Enterprises.
“I really enjoy the problem-solving aspects of my job and being able to work with others to design parts of the product,” he said.
In the tech world, personal and professional growth are very important. With new technologies being launched on an ongoing basis, it is important to stay sharp and agile.
For Shane, UPMC Enterprises has given him plenty of opportunities to grow. Aside from the professional development programs, he said it’s the people on his team who have especially made an impact.
“The people I work with are what really kept me around,” Shane said. “I’ve been learning so much from everyone that I work with. The projects are interesting, of course, but the main reason I’ve stayed at UPMC Enterprises is because of the people. I feel like I’ve grown so much just working with them that I just wanted to keep the growth going.”
Shane is grateful for that initial internship at the TDC that started it all.
“Internships are great. They give you real workplace experience and the opportunity to potentially work for that company,” he said. “Yes, I was an intern at one point, but I was hired full-time as an associate, and I’ve worked really hard to get where I am today.”
UPMC Enterprises is now hiring interns for the 2022 Summer Associate program. Head to the website to learn more and apply.