The roles of women in the professional community is ripe with opportunities. In order to promote much-needed role modeling, I had the opportunity to interview veteran Network Systems Administrator, Alice Gorman. Alice currently works for Boston International Inc. home of fine gifts from IHR USA, October Hill® and The Metropolitan Museum of Art where “Great Art is the Difference®”.
- Is there a moment in your career that you remember as pivotal? If so, what made it an important time?
Teaching a computer class for teenage girls at a church in Boston. What made it so important was when I realized a few of the girls were taking
two or three buses to get to class. Their excitement to learn really got me excited.
- After having a 20-year career, do you have anything you are still trying to accomplish?
I would love to learn more about the internet. SEO, web building, and all the secrets on creating a successful website.
- At the start of your career did you expect to be where you are now?
No, not at all. I started my career at a prepress and typography company in Cambridge, MA. I was running a mainframe system. We loading fonts using paper tape and printed out galleys of type. The art department used the galleys, exacto knives and wax to layout magazines for print. It’s amazing how my job has enhanced and changed with technology.
- What has been the most startling development in the technical field in the last twenty years?
The internet with its unlimited services and resources.
5. Who are your role models or greatest influencers? Why?
Don Leamy coworker took me under his wing. He saw my potential and hired me as the system operator over 20+ years ago.
What do you least like to do in your job?
I really can’t think of what I like least about my job. Overall I’ve been very satisfied with my jobs.
7. What is the most fulfilling about your job?
I enjoy challenges. When problems or new projects arise I am always ready. Because the industry changes quickly. I have to stay up to date on emerging trends, sorting through what is important and deciding what will be best for the company.
8. Did you ever face a setback and how did you handle it?
Yes, but I utilize a setback as a challenge, a training, and a learning experience. I usually step back take a good look at the situation then figure out how I am going to conquer it. Setbacks help me to improve productivity by anticipating preventable problems.