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Ramsey County Perfect for IT Opportunities

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28 Jun 2021

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This article originally appeared on Ramsey County Community & Economic Development and was written for Ramsey County Community & Economic Development by Golden Shovel Agency.

The state of employment across the United States has been changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The resultant trend toward remote work has heightened the transition away from physical interactions and proximity to jobs reliant on Information Technology (IT).

Ramsey County has the resources to help individuals seeking to make the transition into the IT sector. One resident, Andy Jarvinen found those resources to be most helpful recently, as he made the career move from retail management to IT.

"Opportunities I needed came along at the right time and Ramsey County was the perfect resource," he said.

From Retail Management...

After acquiring a Music Education degree from Millikin University, Jarvinen worked as a teacher and in restaurant management before getting into retail management. After a number of promotions, he found himself as the Regional Visual Director overseeing visual managers for 27 Herberger's stores across Minnesota and the Dakotas. But when Herberger's was liquidated, he found himself without a job in September 2019.

"While I had enjoyed solving retail merchandising problems, the industry historically did not align with my values of ecological sustainability, adding value to humanity and it left me with no sense of purpose," he said. "I decided to pursue a career transition in January 2020 by taking classes to help figure that out." Information Technology

Jarvinen turned to Ramsey County Workforce Solutions, part of the Minnesota CareerForce System, for assistance in his search. He took classes on identifying interests, abilities, building resumes, networking, and job searches. He entered a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) program in February and also learned of the Dislocated Worker program, available to individuals who have lost their job through no fault of their own, including impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was assigned an Employment Counselor, Lynne Rollins, to help with job search services, career counseling, and training opportunities to help him step back into the workforce with confidence. He completed Transcend-IT, a free computer networking basics program and Rollins helped him obtain funding and apply to Hennepin Tech's Cybersecurity Program

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