After graduating from DeVry, Joel worked for their corporate office as a network operations center technician.
“I worked in an environment that resembled something from a movie, like the FBI would, [with] these massive walls of TVs, and [I was] in a closed room, that was literally my job,” he said. “I was in an enclosed room surrounded by monitors 24/7.”
And though he did enjoy the “clandestine feeling” this job gave him, he said it also made him very introverted because he was closed up in a room most of the day—something he is still trying to overcome.
Joel heard about Mercy Home through a staffing agency and decided to apply. The date of his first interview is locked into his brain—May 13, 2017—and after meeting with Brian Kovick, the Director of IT, he was sold on Mercy Home.
“I had a really good interview [and] got a really good vibe about the place,” he said. “I liked the culture, as far as the cause and why Mercy was here.”
When he started at Mercy Home, there was something that surprised him, and that was how friendly all of his fellow coworkers were.
“It was a shock, I will be really honest,” he said. “I came from an environment where that’s not what we’re used to, but I was put at ease and from that point forward, I didn’t look back. I’ve been challenged every day. Every day is different, and I think that’s what makes it so much more enjoyable for me. There’s always a new challenge for me.”