This is an exploration of my career goals and how one company, Computer & Network Paramedics, might be a good fit.
I recently was streamlined out of a job recently and am now looking to change career directions a little. I want to do something a little more creative. I use the web a lot and I had a hunch that web development or design might be a good fit for me. What I have learned this past year at DCCC is that my hunch was a good one. Now, I want to try and make my mark in that field.
I have found that the technology industry will be a good match for me. I have been directly or indirectly involved with the IT field since the 80’s. Back in the day, I taught myself basic and fortran. IT is an always changing field. I like that. The jobs that I have done best in are the ones that constantly challenge me with new topics.
Also appealing, there is plenty of room for creativity in the field. When I go on the web, I say to myself “I like the look and feel of this site.” Or, “this site needs help, it is too hard to use”. I want to make beautiful sites that are easy to understand and use. I am finding that is making good websites is an attainable goal, but one that takes a lot of work behind the scenes.
The field that I would like to focus on is web development and design. The company that I would like to focus on is Computer & Network Paramedics (CNP) which was established 1999. The company consistently gets good reviews and is the winner of Best of Delco in 2010 and 2011 for computer technology. In 2016 CNP had 8 employees and an estimated 1 million in revenues.
Computer & Network Paramedics focuses on several related services: IT consulting, website services, computer repair, data cabling, and video surveillance. It is the type of company that appeals to me; it does many different things and does them well. It is a small company where each employee needs to wear many hats. I find that appealing too.
CNP is recognized in the area as a leader in computer software systems analysis which includes web development. Computer software systems analysis and web development are both in high demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects above average growth for systems analysis and web development. Plus, the salary range in the Philadelphia area is good, from $41K to $79K.
Another aspect of these fields is the rapid pace of change. I like learning and that is a job requirement in web development. Working at CNP would demand that I stay abreast of recent developments in the field. To do that I would need to continue learning new skills. That attitude is encouraged and expected in the IT field and, I assume, Computer & Network Paramedics.
The rapidly growing fields of web design and development are of great interest to me. I like the look and feel of these challenging disciplines.
I hope to work at a small, but active firm like Computer & Network Paramedics.