I am the ‘glass is half full’ kind of person. Harry S. Truman once said, “A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.” People often miss opportunities because they do not recognize them, instead they see hard work.
When the downturn of the economy left me without a job, I took the opportunity to reinvent myself. During my reinvention I went back to school where I learned that opportunities have a lot in common with doors. Taking one opportunity often leads to more opportunities, and before you know it, you are surrounded in opportunities and have to choose which ones are going to help you get to where you want to be in the future.
It started with a simple fear of algebra where I turned it around into cramming three algebra courses into one eight-week session just to prove to myself I could do it and get good grades. Statistics was fairly easy after that. That led to the opportunity to be a Faculty/Student Assistant on campus. From there it just took off!
What I have accomplished since 2010 is the culmination of all of the opportunities that happened because I was not afraid to seize that first opportunity to reinvent myself and go back to school.
A few of these opportunities are like a gift that keeps on giving. I am honored to be a Visiting Professor at DeVry University as well as participating as an Alumni Board Member of the DeVry University College of Engineering and Science IT Industry Advisory Board, and the pro bono Webmaster of Dress for Success Cleveland.
Additionally, I keep current with industry trends and guiding our rising star students as the Student Chapter Coordinator and as a Director of Akron-Canton CompTia Association of IT Professionals.
Most importantly of all, my reinvention led to a successful transformation into a new career and my current position working full time as an Application Developer at Bristol West, A Farmers Insurance Group Company, which by far is the best company I have ever worked for! I hope to have a very long and fulfilling career here at Farmers.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” — Benjamin Franklin