My husband received wonderful news this week. He has worked for the same company for over 9 years now. He started out in the shipping department. A little over a year later, the owner took a chance and moved him to the IT department. Kevin has always been a computer nerd, but never studied it in college and therefore has no degree. Many employers would not give him a shot because of this, but he definitely had the knowledge, all self-taught. (A little plug for homeschooling, there!)
I should clarify: Kevin went to public school through high school, but the skills he is using for his new position are self-taught. He unschooled himself!
The IT department consists of two people: Kevin’s supervisor, and Kevin. Kevin designed and manages the company’s web store. He wrote a shopping cart program to deal with the specifics of their multi-level type marketing sales. He writes programs, he designs flyers, he takes photos for the labels. He is learning to program the computers that run the bottling machines. He has learned a lot and, in my opinion, been a huge asset to the company. It has been hard for him, at times, to work “under” someone else who has a very different work ethic than he does, but he has hung in there.
On Tuesday, the owner of the company called Kevin into the office and told him that Kevin’s supervisor is leaving in two weeks. Kevin is the new head of the IT department! (I know, I know, it’s only him and someone else, but still. ) We don’t know any specifics about pay increase or hours yet, those details are to come. But I am very proud of him. He deserves it. I am so blessed to have a husband who goes to work every day, with
no little complaining, and does his job with integrity. This allows me to be at home teaching our children. I will be forever grateful for this.
So: Congratulations, Kevin! I am so proud of you.