June is Pride Month! To celebrate we'll be featuring Parametrix employee-owners who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Today, we would like to introduce you to Amy Jones. Many Parametrix employee-owners know her as someone who has helped them with their technology challenges. Amy joined Parametrix in 2015 as a Computer Support Technician and later moved into the role of Systems Administrator II. I asked Amy a few questions about her career and personal life – read her responses below.
How did you get started in IT? What drew you to this profession?
I grew up in a house where we always had a computer, grew up learning DOS (which I've pretty much forgotten) and playing computer/video games with my siblings. Originally, I went to college for a degree in Digital Imaging thinking I’d want to do art the rest of my life but ended up not finishing my degree. I moved to Washington in 2009 with my partner and spent several years working retail and customer service until I decided I needed a change of pace.
My dad had retired early from ATT and pursued a career in network engineering. It was really inspiring because he’d manage to make a huge career change late in life. We’d spent so much time talking about the things he had learned and was doing at the data center he was working for at the time. It really got me interested in pursuing a career in IT. I quit the call center I was working for and enrolled at Pierce College. Two amazing years later, I earned my degree and now I’ve been working in IT for six years.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
My hobbies including writing and drawing. I even wrote a book once (it was terrible and has since been laid to rest) and am currently working on writing a Steampunk novel that takes place in a Victorian style San Francisco. I also enjoy hanging out with my partner of ten years and cooking really great food. We love to make all kinds of things - pretzels, risotto, Chinese food from scratch, the list goes on. When we’re not cooking, we enjoy working on cars with our roommates. It’s been a lot of fun to learn the inner workings of a vehicle.
How has being openly gay influenced your career? What challenges have you faced?
Honestly, in my career I've had zero bad interactions because of my sexual orientation. I've always been super openly gay, even in my first interviews with Parametrix, I did not hide it and the fact that Parametrix has been so accepting has made me love working for such a good company. I honestly find that being a female in IT is more of a challenge because it is such a male dominated field, but thankfully that mold is breaking
What does Pride Month mean to you?
Pride month evokes a few things in me, sadness because if it wasn't for the Stonewall riots, we might still be struggling, but also happiness as it is so amazing to see the fruits of change because of such a historical moment for the LGBTQ+ community. I'm thankful to live in a time where my identification as a gay female is starting to mean less difference and more normalcy. And I love Pride because it symbolizes a united front, a way to celebrate who we are and be celebrated by those that don't let one little thing cloud their judgement.
Anything else you would like to add?
Happy Pride Month and thank you Parametrix for recognizing such an important month to me!