Diversity at NSA

Speaker: When I graduated, I was looking for a job and I wasn't really sure what I wanted. And one of my friends, who is from here, told me that I should try and apply – send my resume in – and I thought, "Okay, I'll send it into NSA" – and I did that. Somebody contacted me and asked if I wanted to join a graduate training program, so I thought, "Okay, I'll go ahead and do that." Then I went through that process. So, they sent me out to Monterey, California, and I got my graduate degree in Electronic Engineering. And, once that was done, that's when I came back to the agency in October and went into the CNODP Program. When I was doing my pre-tour, I went to the Disability Affairs Office and talked to them about what I might need, and so they were actually able to set up a class to work with the office that I was going to work in, in order to teach them some deaf culture information and teach them some basic sign language. And that actually happened before I even joined that office. So, they were ready and willing to go before I even got there, and I thought that was a very great, proactive sign. It was a way for me to be able to communicate with my office mates. And it was a really good job. I'm really enjoying the work. When I first came in, I was a little nervous. But ever since, things have really worked out, and I have gotten comfortable. It feels like home.

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