My whole working career has been focused on quality. I started work as a paperboy when I was 8 and slowly graduated through jobs that led me to the Navy as a Cryptologic Technician, a computer operator that became Operations Manager for a healthcare organization in what was called Information Systems at the time, a small business owner specializing in computer sales and support and for the past 8 years I've worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV as a program analyst in Quality Management. I believe that good education leads to good work. I believe in honest work that makes you fulfilled. I believe that work is a vital part of a healthy personal regime.
I'm currently working as a Program Analyst for Quality Management at the VA where I help and guide departments to give a level of service that not only meets but excels at the multitude of standards and directives that the VA requires.
My previous position at the VA was as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist where I gave Veterans real world guidance to assist them with finding employment. In some cases, the Veterans needed my assistance in skills that many of us take for granted such as budgeting, shopping, banking and finance or obtaining a drivers license. I take great pride in the fact that many of the Veterans I served have become responsible members of our local community by finding and keeping employment, housing and serving as leaders in this area.
If I had to say one thing about my mentor methodology it would be from what my father taught me: Take time to learn the task to perfection. You will never need to waste time redoing things and will have more time to expand your knowledge. Your time will also become more valuable because you've dedicated that time to growth.
I've learned that if you follow this advice, your horizons will expand because you'll have more time to follow your dreams.
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