After 23 years of service, Mick Farrell retired from the U.S. Army. His time in the military started in artillery and his career grew to experiences in logistics and corrections. He earned his Legal Studies degree during this time.
“The path that led me to the [TLG IT Careers] program was not the usual one. I had experience with communication technology in the military and had a decent understanding of computers, but not much in the way of formal training. In preparation for retirement, I found that the pandemic was causing all sorts of issues for job seekers.
I found out about TLG’s IT Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship programs while visiting the Hawk transition center at JBLM. I spoke with Mark Gorman [TLG IT Careers’ Educational Consultant] and decided to pursue the Network Development Engineer (NDE) Program which I completed in October of 2020. I figured that the NDE Program would give me in-demand skills in a field that interests me.” Mick said.
Married with children, Mick mentioned that the biggest challenge for him in the program was the pace. It was quick, intensive training, and a lot of information to absorb – add that to the usual demands of family life it was a challenge, but one that he tackled gracefully.
“What I enjoyed most about the program were the numerous ‘AHA’ moments when things ‘clicked’, and you gain a better understanding of how different things work together. I can say I learned more than I thought possible in the program.” Mick said.
Just as he was graduating from the NDE program, an opportunity for a Network Support Specialist opened at TLG Learning. So, we invited Mick to apply and interview along with other applicants. We knew that he knew his stuff and after graduation, Mick joined the TLG Learning team!
As his first post-service civilian position, Mick said about joining TLG Learning,
“I decided to join TLG Learning because of the supportive and student-centric environment at the organization. This is a place that truly wants students to succeed.”
You can schedule a call directly with Mark, our Educational Consultant, for any questions you may have or to learn more about the programs we offer.