John Huelsman, IT Director, Hobart Service
What was your first job?
- IT related – Computer Services at BGSU. I worked part-time while a student at BG. Go Falcons!
- Non-IT related – paperboy (5th grade to 9th grade).
Did you always want to work in IT?
Nope, My initial career thoughts were towards teaching and/or coaching. However, three of my older siblings graduated college in the IT field and got decent jobs so that led me to eventually explore it as a possibility. I was proficient in math and science, so my high school guidance counselor pointed me in that direction as well.
What advice would you give to aspiring IT leaders?
- Be patient.
- Observe and listen to leaders you respect. Similarly, find a mentor and talk to him/her regularly.
- Get involved in professional networking organizations (like Technology First) and build your network of contacts.
- See the big picture regarding your overall business and markets.
- Put yourself out there and take risks. Volunteer for stretch assignments that get you out of your comfort zone. “Progress always involves risk. You can’t steal 2nd base and keep your foot on 1st.” – Fredrick B. Willcox
- Take ownership of your career – it is ultimately your responsibility.