I’m especially excited about this month’s Staff Spotlight, as Jorge just started working with us four weeks ago out of the Adelaide office, so this was a chance for me to get to know him, as well as the rest of our staff and readers.
Without further adieu, let’s give Jorge a warm welcome as we learn more about him!
What do you do for Calibre One?
I am a SharePoint developer and just recently joined Calibre One as a part-time employee. My role as a developer is to understand and gather client requirements, create and configure their SharePoint Intranet as well as find solutions to enhance business revenue. I also work closely with the sales team to provide technical support during client presentations.
How did you get interested in your field?
I think it happened by chance. I remember my younger years, after graduation, my first job was not IT related. I was working an admin job in a training school called Oracle. My desk was just a few steps away from the training room and whenever a training was conducted I would listen to the instructor from where I sat and would imagine myself being part of the group while the instructor was teaching DBA and SQL. Most of the time I did not understand what they were talking about as I was not able to see what they were doing on their screen. However, I found it very interesting to hear those commands and fancy words, but there I was: sitting across the training room with my notes, mostly trying to understand what they were saying.
Back then there was no Google. I was self-taught with lots of curiosity, and after a few months of self-practice and having to save a little bit of money from my current job, I formally enrolled in the class and earned my certification as a DBA programmer.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
For me, work is play. You have to love what you’re doing, and consider it a game. I love what I do, being able to collaborate with peers, brainstorming ideas and talking to clients to understand their business requirements are all really enjoyable. Typically, a normal work day for me is all about strategies, and always being ready to help and resolve issues.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I think one of the reasons I love this job is because I get a chance to meet with people and get them interested in SharePoint. Having them sign a proposal is the best part.
Where are you from originally?
My wife and I are originally from Philippines and migrated here way back 15 years ago packed with enthusiasm.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I spend a lot of time with my family; I like going to the countryside from Autumn to Winter, and I like going to beaches in the Summer. I am more of an outdoor person during weekend, if the weather is good we go out as a family to spend some time together playing in the park or doing some other outdoor activities like fishing and crabbing.
Do you have any hidden talents you’d like to tell us about?
I use to consider myself a jack of all trades, but I’m a master of none now… I think my priorities have changed. I used to be really worried about keeping my house clean. Every Saturday morning I would clean the whole house before doing anything else. Now, my house gets cleaned every two to three weeks because I would much rather watch Saturday morning cartoons snuggled on the couch with my kids or do an activity together with them. My priorities have changed more than I ever expected they would. Being a father to my kids keeps me motivated in some ways, spending time with them and building a relationship is what i enjoy.
What type of music do you like?
I grew up in the 80s, so Guns N Roses, ACDC and U2 were some of my favorite idols back in the day. I used to have posters of them in my room. Yup, you’re right, I am old school.
I remember we went for a camping trip a couple of years ago and we were stuck in traffic. The car stereo was linked to my wife’s iPod Nano so it was pretty much wall-to-wall contemporary pop music, which I never normally listen to. To my surprise, I realized that I definitely did like Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.