How did I end up working for IT Training, anyway? Given that it’s been almost six years since I started working with IT Training (my work-iversary is June 6th!), I figure it might not be a bad time to share how I ended up where I’m at now.
Well, I’ve been a tech nerd for many years, starting with my first ever computer when I was 13, a Packard Bell Navigator that ran Windows 3.11. (I think my smartwatch has more processing power than that computer did.) I taught myself a number of tech related skills in my spare time, such as…
- HTML when I was in high school, from the book HTML For Dummies
- BASIC one rainy day when I was bored, also in high school, on a kid’s toy computer with a two-line LCD screen
- Photoshop/PaintShop Pro in order to color my digital drawings
I got my first tech job in 2005, working for the SUNY Potsdam help desk as part of their Computing and Technology Services group, and ended up working in almost every department in CTS but the programming department! In the process I got really good at helping people learn how to use computers – in fact, I ended up taking that on as a side job of sorts, teaching professors how to use and get comfortable with their tech. Working with people and their computers is what lead me to the Educational Technology Specialist Masters program, which was pretty much the most perfect degree for me, as it helped me get better at what I already loved to do – teaching people how to use their technology, and help educators use technology efficiently in their classrooms. I had so much fun working on my Educational Technology Masters, and I got incredibly lucky in that I got my job at IT Training before I’d even officially finished my Master’s degree! I ended up remotely interviewing for an hourly position, and started out in June 2011 as a workshop assistant. I quickly worked my way up to instructor – by the end of 2011 I was editing materials, teaching workshops, and working as IT Training’s administrative coordinator.
During my tenure as a part-time staff member, I did a little bit of everything at IT Training – in addition to admin coordinating, teaching, and assisting workshops, I edited workshops and even wrote one with some guidance from a full-time staff member (anyone remember Illustrator: Creating Graphics for the Web? That was my first time authoring a workshop!), I represented IT Training at a number of campus events, and served as IT Training’s Development Coordinator, helping other hourly staff get started with editing materials, and the Collaborative Development Coordinator, exploring how IT Training’s workshops could be adapted to a collaborative classroom setting. After a little over four years of working as a part-time staff member, I was hired as a Senior IT Education Specialist, and settled into my new role of Video Development Coordinator – in addition to teaching, assisting, writing workshops, and doing quality control on our workshop materials. 🙂
And the rest, as they say, is history!