An Interview with Kimberly Jones
By Anna Mulamba, AmeriCorps Community Engagement Assistant & Computer Literacy Instructor
Kimberly Jones is an Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) student and our first IC3 intern at Byte Back IT Academy. She’s scheduled to graduate and earn her certification this month, after completing the 108 hour course. We chatted recently about the challenges and rewards of this program:
Anna: Walk me through how you found out about Byte Back.
Kimberly: I heard about Byte Back through a friend of mine, and she told me that she was in the program and that everything was going good, and that she might even potentially be getting a job. I said to myself, “I need a career.” So I decided to get in contact with Byte Back because I decided that was the path that I wanted to go on.
A: Why did you decide to choose IC3 over the other courses offered at Byte Back?
K: The other track I was considering was an A+ Certification, which I may want to still do in the future, but I wasn’t as interested in that aspect of computers when I got started, so I decided to go with the administrative track, which is IC3.
A: I imagine most people don’t really know what IC3 is. If a kid walked up to you and asked you to describe what you do at your internship what would you say to them?
K: My IC3 Internship here at Byte Back is very hands on. Monique [Riviere], who is the director [of the IT Academy] gives me tasks everyday, and I also work with all the other staff here. So pretty much my job is to make their job a little bit easier. One of my tasks is to reformat a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, which I think is really good because a lot of companies use Excel now, so I’m able to get some practice doing that.
A: Kimberly, you sound like a busy woman; you have IC3 class four days a week and your internship three days a week, and of course your personal life. How have you been able to manage your time outside of class and this new internship?
K: I’ll be honest with you, I don’t know how I’m able to do it. One thing I do is to try to keep my priorities in the front of my mind. I know that this certification is something that I need so everything else is going to have to fall behind that. The internship was an added bonus – I didn’t even know Byte Back had internships. It was something I stumbled across, and I realized I need this hands-on experience, so that is my second priority. Then everything else just falls into place.
A: Are you enjoying your experience?
K: Oh yeah, it’s great. I’m learning things that aren’t even in the curriculum, and I’m meeting a lot of people who can help me with my career goals. It’s been a great experience.
A: What advice would you give to someone who is interested in registering for IC3 but hesitant?
K: I would definitely tell them to get started today, because once you decide that this is the path that you want to go on, don’t wait until tomorrow or next month or next year because the future may never come. The programs are so short, the sooner you get started, the sooner you will be done and the faster you can be on your way to landing that new career.