My road in life took a while to figure out.
Graduated High School
Was accepted to college
Graduated College within the 5 year time frame :) (NU is a 5 years School)
Couldn't find a job for 8 months after graduating
Got my first job thru networking with those I graduated with, which wasn't easy
Got laid off from a job and got divorced
Never give up, today I am much better all around, work, girlfriend, family
Keep following my journey
Quality Assurance Manager/Director
Make sure that any Software being released works as expected and does NOT have bugs or create a bad user experience.
My work combines:
My work combines:
Teaching / Mentoring
Day to Day
Normal Day for me as a manager. Walk the floor. I like to check in with my people every day, see what challenges they are facing, and if we together can overcome them. Generally at least one items creates action for me. I attend design meetings, defect discussions as well as decision making meetings. All based around the product, usability and overall quality. Sometimes there are action plans, or new processes to put in place, so I work with various groups of how to do things better.
Skills & Qualities Beyond School
LEARN OFF THOSE AROUND YOU!!! Can't say this enough, each person has a different set of skills, knowledge and experiences. These are all things you can learn from and build a toolbox of skills for yourself. Learn how they handled issue, how they overcame adversity, and what motivates them as a person. It doesn't matter if I work for someone or if they report to me, I learn off of everyone because everyone has something to offer. This has been the key to my success.
Advice for Getting Started
Here's the first step for everyone
Do whatever job you can to be part of where you want to go. Many times people think the job is below their skill set from where they graduated from, what their skill set is, what they THINK they know. Be an open book and do whatever you can to pitch in. Own whatever you do and make it the best. Taking pride in your work will get you noticed and you will be on your way to doing what you really want to do. Be Humble, Entitlement will get you no where
My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:
The Noise I Shed
"Computers Jobs are boring you will be stuck in an office for your entire career. "