Say hello to Dwight C, an IT Supervisor on our Engineering – IT Operations team at Yelp! Dwight is celebrating his second Yelpiversary.
Why did you want to work at Yelp?
From the get-go, I loved the idea of working for such a well-renowned brand. Then during the interview process, everyone I spoke to was extremely friendly. I also felt as though I had all of the skills necessary to fulfill the duties of the job! Once I heard about the different employee resource groups at Yelp, I was hooked.
What advice would you give to someone who is looking to start a career in tech?
Become a sponge and absorb as much as you can. Your willingness to learn is crucial when trying to tackle anything involving technology. Things in this field can change at a drop of a hat and your adaptability is what makes you stand out.
What inspired you to pursue a career in tech?
How much time do you have? Ha! Technology is my second love right after movies. I’ve been interested in tech since I was young. It started when I applied for my technical and vocational high school to major in Computer Repair. Graduating from that school fueled my interest in computers. I went to Queensborough Community College to further my knowledge and fell in love with robotics. A few years later, I graduated with my associate’s degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. Over the next couple of years, I would obtain my bachelor’s degree in the same field. Technology is amazing, and I had to learn more.
What does a typical day look like in your role?
A typical day for me is being there for my team and making sure they feel supported. I’m able to respond to a few tickets during the day and take a couple of leadership meetings too. If any projects come up, I tackle those as well. Each day is different!
What surprised you when you joined the IT team at Yelp?
Everyone’s willingness to assist one another was a great surprise about being a part of the IT team. I can turn to any person on my team, and they’re happy to help in any way possible. It’s refreshing to have a great IT squad.
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