Hanging out at Round the Clock Diner in the coffee shop this afternoon.
Met this cool dude, Terry Clark.
This 34-year-old is a jack of all trades of sorts. He saw me typing away on my laptop, posting to ydr.com, and felt like saying hi.
(Which, by the way, is why I’m out and about.)
We chatted. He has a degree in political science. Originally, he wanted to become a lawyer. Started studying at Dickinson College of Law, he said, and decided it wasn’t for him.
Since then, he said, he’s worked at Subway, as a janitor, in welding, in general construction and even as a security guard.
He went under the name “DJ TC,” as a disc jockey for a local company, he said.
There’s more I’m forgetting, I’m sure.
I caught him on his coffee break. He was on the way home to Wellsville from YTI Career Institute, where he’s studying to become a computer systems specialist. He’s an extern at Spartan Computers on Memory Lane.
Why? He wants to create his own job.
There’s a concern, he said, among IT students that there aren’t any jobs in the midstate. You have to go to big cities like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia if you want to stay in Pennsylvania, he told me.
The challenge of going back to school, he said, is “trying to maintain a reasonable GPA and still basically existing at the end of a 14 hour day.”
He graduates in November and is thinking about starting his own business to work on computers, gaming consoles and the like.
His thoughts on going back to school?
“It’s never too late to try and find your niche.”
Business Reporter Lauren Boyer is on-the-move, trying to make her “office” out in the community. Have a suggestion for where she should go next? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-654-0675.