Hello! And thank you for taking the
time to visit my Career ePortfolio.
My name is Arlo Corbin Shaver. I am a northern Louisiana native. At this creation, I was a
non-traditional student at Bossier Parrish Community College working toward
completing my Associate of Applied Science in Information Network Security
Specialist degree. I have a diverse technical career driven with ambition.
I will briefly go over areas of my professional experiences that have
been important in my professional development.
At a young age I developed a passion for working with computers. During my adolescent
years of education I joined Future Business Leaders of America, where I excelled
in Computer Programming and Accounting. Additionally, I participated in State
level competition for both of these categories.
By joining the US Navy, I found educational opportunity and development by way
of their US Navy Advanced Electronics Field division. The US Navy provided me
training and experience in electronics I would rate second to none along with
personal strengths. Following the US Navy, I returned home to Louisiana and
filled various laborer positions that left me unsatisfied, but did provide
experience of a sort.
My first computer job was with a local small town company. The two owners were
former IBM technicians, whom advised me that I had a knack with computers and
suggested computer aided drafting as a career option. They were right.
I found a drafting company that gave me a shot. I had no experience and a ton
of determination. I worked as a receptionist and took up AutoCAD in my spare
time. I was certified and leading projects within months of starting. I found
it enjoyable and self-rewarding to excel in this field; but never considered it
as a set career path.
My entrepreneurial spirit won over
and after a year with the drafting company, I left to join a colleague in a new
business venture to open an internet café. Offering repair services and setting
up the café user system was personally rewarding. This endeavor, though short
lived, was most certainly an insightful learning experience for me.
Thereafter, I began working with a
local computer shop and obtained my first technical certification: CompTIA
A+. I worked there for roughly two years before its closing.
Afterwards, I began pursuing freelance
work as a private contractor. Even though the market area left little room for
profits, determination and loving what I do kept me going for a few more years.
During this time, I gained important industry contacts and experience that benefited
me in getting hired by IBM.
I worked at IBM as a regional field service technician for four years. I
enjoyed working on new and old technology. I serviced many server varieties
including AS/400 iSeries, xSeries, nSeries, pSeries, and BladeCenter systems; along with
peripherals including tape systems. Being a regional technician
my duties would also include Point of Sale, ATM kiosks, self-checkouts, printers and participated as a Cisco Partner Service Representative.
Today, I press on with the same determination and passion that has driven me
from the beginning. My personal ability to work through difficult times, and
ambition to create opportunity and excel, is an asset I bring with me into every
endeavor I undertake. My enrollment with Bossier Parish Community
College was a success. I completed the 21 class degree program in three semesters with a 3.9 GPA.
Thank you again for taking the time
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Arlo Corbin Shaver