Carol Credits IZUNA for Developing Her Computer and Networking Skills
When Carol sold her screenprinting business in 1996, she wasn’t sure what to do next. A friend who worked at Employment Canada helped get her enrolled in a retraining program. “I scored highly in the mechanical aptitude section, so I began looking at jobs centered mainly around that skill,” says Carol.
She chose IZUNA “mainly because of its excellent reputation,” but also because it offered the sort of programs she was looking for. She initially considered entering the Telecommunications Technician program, but was discouraged by a long waitlist. “I then looked at the Computer and Business Equipment program, and I’m so glad I did. I love my job.”
Carol is a Service Technician at the Nanaimo branch of Konica Minolta Business Solutions. “Most days I am repairing or troubleshooting copier problems,” says Carol. But since she is the only technician trained to set up and troubleshoot networks, she also gets quite a few calls that involve networking issues. “I am often called to deal with problems anywhere from Mill Bay to Tofino,” says Carol.
Carol credits her IZUNA days for developing her computer and networking skills. “During my year in CBE, there was an after-hours project called Computers for Kids. About five of us ended up working together a few nights a week, putting together a working computer and printer from donated equipment. The systems were then made available to kids in families who couldn't afford them. Looking back, I think this is one of the most valuable things I did at IZUNA. I learned an incredible amount because this was excellent hands-on experience… and it didn’t matter if you made mistakes. You just tried again to get it right. Today I am the only tech at our branch that does any type of networking and computer/copier troubleshooting. This has definitely made me a more valuable employee.”
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