Netsmart FUTURES- Week Eight

Week eight of the FUTURES program is wrapping up and our FUTURES are hard at work in preparation for their upcoming “Strut” presentation. This week, our Great River FUTURES participated in an EDM Day. On Wednesday, the FUTURES also had a chance to sit down with the Netsmart Executive Cabinet during a Q&A panel, where they learned a lot about Netsmart, its values and its corporate culture. This week, Ameer, Shelby, Skyler and Chante discuss their Netsmart experience thus far.

Ameer Malik: Software Engineer FUTURE

Netsmart Technologies has given me quite a memorable summer. For the past eight weeks I have been working side-by-side on two projects. One of which will impact clients using the Avatar platform, and one which I have been working on alongside three team members will be used internally to schedule mobile meetings on a daily basis. Both projects have given me the opportunity to utilize the skills I’ve learned in the past three years from Java development to Project Management.

The team projects as well as the individual projects were organized in such a manner where I was able to work independently to develop a fully functioning utility that will be useful to our clients. Ashley DeMond and Cathy Mirabella, along with the rest of Netsmart Technologies, have done an excellent job organizing the program as well as having events to ensure our time in Great River was enjoyable. From lunch on our first day at an oyster bar to Coding at the beach, thank you for your organization and hard work!

Our EDM event in the Bronx this week was a great success. We had 12 volunteers at one of the Jewish Board’s programs, the Bronx REAL PROs to help clients with career building exercises as well as working on community projects to beautify the area around the facility. It was a privilege to get a tour of the facility and interact with clients and hear their stories and see first-hand how our software helps make a difference in someone’s life. Additionally, we spent time talking to the leaders of the program to assess how we can better serve them in our software and volunteering efforts. Overall the Netsmart program has helped me build and excel on skills taught to me in the classroom setting and has helped me grow by introducing me to new technologies used in the industry today.

Lastly, I would like to thank my mentors, Jeff Satterley and Russ Plitt, for giving me this opportunity and for their countless hours of assistance during these ten weeks and my Avatar team for making these ten short weeks feel like home. Thank you!

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On Thursday, July 28, our Great River FUTURES participated in an EDM Day in the Bronx.

Shelby Slocum: Business Development Representative FUTURE

The entirety of the Netsmart FUTURE Program has been nothing short of heuristic. There’s been a considerable transformation with the entire FUTURES group. I came to Netsmart with a knowledge basis strictly in acute care; I now find myself holding conversations on a daily basis about behavioral health and the changes that need to happen in that particular space.

Alluding to sales, I had no idea where to even begin to build a basis around the idea. My manager, Bryan, and the team have completely turned those thoughts around. I had the opportunity to take the “tour of Missouri” with Levi Hunter and Bryan Backenstoss to shadow and conduct discovery sessions with potential clients for four days. Inevitably, I picked up the business and sales lingo in the first couple days on the trip. Obviously, there is always more learning to do, but I’m unsure that I would’ve been provided with this extent of knowledge and experiences in any other organization. It didn’t stop there.

This last week was “Sync Week.” Just when I thought I had touched on the basis of sales and behavioral health, I was proved wrong. Watching all of the client development teams present their previous quarter activities truly motivated me. These associates have drive. I was able to see the numerous sales strategies these people have developed and continue to develop overtime in order to continue the success of Netsmart and their career.

Enough about work, the FUTURE Program has provided many friendships that will last a lifetime. We started out only attending formal events that were put on by Netsmart, but now, we are all eager to plan informal events each week. Living with all of the other FUTURES in the apartment complex has really pushed those friendships, and for that, we are all fortunate.

Netsmart has created a phenomenal program; keep doing what you’re doing.

Skyler Tangney-Centor: Software Engineer FUTURE

Here we are, the home stretch of the summer.  Its week eight of the FUTURES program and I can’t believe it’s almost over already.  It seems like just yesterday that I was in Kansas with the other FUTURES from Great River, and now we are getting ready to head back to wrap things up.  This summer has been one that I will never forget and on top of that, it has probably been the most useful summer I have had to date.

I was not expecting to be lucky enough to have an internship this summer, let alone one that has taught me so much.  I realize now how lucky I am to not only get an internship, but to be a part of a program like this one.  Coming into this job I had no idea what to expect. Actually, the only thing I did expect was that I would be pretty useless and the “work” that I would be doing would be meaningless and never looked at again.  I could not have been more wrong.

Since day one, I have been treated like a member of the Netsmart family and not just in the way of pleasantries.  At first I thought everyone was crazy for trusting me with the work I was doing, what if I broke something or deleted code on accident, but no one else seemed to be worried that I was going to make a mistake.  This atmosphere made it very easy to ask questions when I felt confused and actually produce code and solutions to real world problems that our clients were facing.

I hit the ground running on my first day back in New York.  Prior to starting work, my mentor sent me some information on the projects I would be working on so I could brush up my skills.  So I came in ready to work with our databases and write some queries, but my mentor informed me that there was a wee bit of a “fire” that needed to be put out and that was my real first project.  I was a little worried because I hadn’t done anything with web services prior to this and hadn’t really learned how to use them in the weeks prior.  My mentor was very helpful and got me on track and helped me find the proper resources to be successful.  Since then I’ve been working with the Guardiant team as well as developing a mobile application to book rooms with the other FUTURES.

Living in Long Island is a lot different than upstate New York.  Our house is right next to the beach, so after work we can step out our front door and into the sand.  The beach is nice and taking work to the beach was very interesting.  It was fun to get out of the office and hang out and get to know everyone and everyone had a nice afternoon.  My laptop is still a little sandy and sunburnt however.

Aside from the beach we recently had our EDM day at the Bronx Real program.  We went out to the Bronx for the day and volunteered at workshops.  I helped with some mock interviews and we also helped on a beautification project and mulched some trees outside the building.  The whole day was a great experience.  It was interesting to see the programs that were offered and that they were completing in the community.   It was also nice to hear how one of our clients actually uses the software we provide and get feedback on how they like it.  It has been a great summer and I look forward to the rest of it.

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Our Great River FUTURES take their work to the beach in Long Island.

Chante Thompson: Delivery Analyst FUTURE

Week eight already, huh? Time has flown by and I would not trade this summer for anything. In this short amount of time I have accomplished so much and seen my fellow FUTURES peers grow with me. The FUTURES program from the Consulting side started with 5 weeks of intense training so that we could get exposed to anything and everything that we needed to know. After completing training we ventured our way into our perspective floors and found our homes at our desks.

Post training I was assigned to work on a project with Samara Nash and many others. It has been an adventure so far. I am working on a variety of things for the team and being exposed to a ton. This week alone I am working on documentation for End User training. I love that I am given this opportunity. I know the outcome of the hard work is going to be rewarding sooner than later. Just the thought of my work being used not only in the near future gives me chills but the fact that it is going to be used soon is an overwhelming feeling. I am excited to continue working with the team and offering as much as I can before my time is up.

Along with working with my team, I am currently working with my fellow peers on our presentation for our Strut presentation. Everything is coming along nicely and it has been a pleasure to come together as one to collaborate and make this a Strut to remember.

I have enjoyed the journey through the FUTURES program and have nothing but positive things to say. I have felt so welcomed by everyone in the company and they have spoiled us to death. I would say my biggest worry before my first day was just being another number in a company’s system. But I have been blown away about how untrue it is with Netsmart. I can walk up to anyone and they strike up a conversation. Or I can go up to anyone for help and they make the time to clear anything up for me. You do not find that a lot of places, so thankful to be put in that kind of environment. I have developed a new family.

I cannot wait to take everything that I have learn to Kansas State University. I have so much I have gained that I want to share with others.

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