In this edition of the Brandywine Technology Employee Spotlight, we caught up with Jarin Word, who is currently a field technician at the Colonial School District in New Castle County, Delaware. Jarin, though not the most verbose individual, offers great insight into what makes IT an excellent career option.
Q: How did you learn about Brandywine Technology?
A: I learned of Brandywine Technology through Tech Impact. Brandywine’s Director of Recruiting, Derek Kilby, came in to talk about the company and his presentation stood out from the rest. [Editor’s Note: Jarin’s brother, Tymir, is also an alum of Tech Impact’s ITWorks program, having graduated this past Spring.]
Q: What does your typical day look like?
A: My typical day consists of performing computer hardware and software maintenance. Setting up, or “imaging”, computers, implementing preventive maintenance measures, and providing school staff with technical support. Performing server maintenance is also a large part of my role with the school.
Q: What were you doing prior to completing the ITWorks program and joining Brandywine Technology?
A: Prior to this I was a brand ambassador for Nulo. My primary responsibility was informing people about dog food.
Q: Holy cow! You transitioned from a dog food evangelist to a technologist… That’s what I would call a strategic career move! Congratulations on your success thus far in your IT career. What’s next for you?
A: My next goal is to secure my CompTIA Network + certification, while continuing to learn and grow in my current position.
Q: That is an excellent step in furthering your career in IT. Do you have any advice for anyone that may be considering a career in IT?
A: My advice that I have for anyone trying to get into an IT career would be to, first, get some basic knowledge on computers, as most companies will teach you what you need to know. Second, professionalism will get you far. Soft skills and common sense are 90% of the job. Finally, IT is a great career option because as the world grows, so too does technology and the need for technical talent. You will always be in demand, as long as you’re willing to learn.
This is a very key point, Jarin… folks in this space must be willing to continually keep the skills current to remain relevant in an extremely dynamic industry. Thank you for taking the time to provide some of your background and pointers for people who may be at the crossroads you faced just a few years ago. Again, congratulations on your success and thank you for representing Brandywine Technology so well! For more information on Brandywine Technology, visit our website or call 302.656.6100.