Working with one of TeamPeople’s newest on-site managed contracts, Astrid is a Program Administrator. Her love for taking apart electronics and putting them back together triggered her future career in computer science and programming… read on to learn her unique story!
Q: What was the first job you ever had?
A: When I was 15 years old, I worked as a dishwasher for a local restaurant called “The Brown Jug”. The pay wasn’t much, but I didn’t need much back then. The free food was a huge plus!
Q: How did you become interested in the production industry?
A: Actually, I come from a bit of a different background. I started my love for electronics when I was really young. Taking things apart and putting them back together just to see if they would still work. Some did and some didn’t. When I was in high school, my teacher led me to take his electronics class and he would also bring in computers for us to fix during class hours. That was when I took interest in building and programming computers. He encouraged me to go for a degree in computer science and inspired me to join the Navy. The Navy was my first introduction to the world of production. I was in an interesting rate that covered electrical work, production work, security work and sometimes (depending on the Commanding Officer) some networking as well.
Q: What is the professional accomplishment you are most proud of?
A: When I made Second Class Petty Officer in the Navy, it was one of the most unbelievable accomplishments for me. I would spend hours a day studying for a test that about 444 Sailors in my rate would take, but only 20 of us would advance to the next pay-grade. This was the second time taking the test and I was determined to excel next time around. The Training Petty Officer of the shop (who is now my fiance) gave me study materials and guides to help me meet my mark. I spent hours a day studying for this 3 hour long test. After the testing period was over, we had to wait about two months to get the results. The day finally came when the Commanding Officer made the announcement. When I heard my name go across the loud speaker, all I could do was sit there because I didn’t know which emotion to act on first; excited, proud, relieved, etc. That was a huge moment for me!
Q: What is the best thing about working for TeamPeople?
A: I love the sense of family that I feel all the way from upper management, all the way down to the Crew. It’s easy to get lost in the business side of Corporate America these days when people are more worried about money rather than their people. Very seldom do you have a company who looks at their employees as a person and not as a machine. I’m very grateful to be a part of a team that uplifts us, promotes from within, and gives back to everyone who is a part of the family.
Q: What is the personal accomplishment you are most proud of?
A: When I learned to play bass, and it actually sounded like a song, I would say that was one of my biggest personal accomplishments. I started playing the guitar with my uncle, but I kept leaning toward the rhythm instead of the riff. I finally paid $200 for a starter electric bass and bought a couple tabs to teach myself how to play. It was very different and difficult from playing the guitar, but I love it and it’s fun.
Q: What emoji describes you best?
A: The one with the nerd glasses. I’m a goof ball. Being an adult doesn’t mean you have to be stiff and uptight all the time. Stay young, continue to read comics, go play games at the arcade! Life is too short to not live it happily.
Q: Name one thing about you that not too many people know about you.
A: When I was younger, I wrote with my left hand. My mom wanted me to write with my right hand which left me in limbo on which hand is my strongest. I play bass with my left, shoot pool with both, and play golf with my left.
Q: What is your favorite workplace saying?
A: Be the person you want to be around. Pretty self explanatory.
Q: What is your favorite Olympic Sport to watch?
A: BMX was always a favorite of mine.