Rhonda Carson expected to spend the bulk of her career at a local bank. The Forsyth Tech alumna, who earned an AAS degree with high honors in Information Systems in 1998, was convinced that the bank – where she had already begun working the year before – offered a range of opportunities she could build her career on.
Rhonda’s upbeat personality and people skills were an asset in a position procuring hardware and software as well as performing a range of other tasks. While working full time, she managed to complete a four-year degree with DeVry University. “At the time, I was a single mom of a young child, so I decided to pursue my studies online,” she says. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Management and graduated magna cum laude.
In 2010, she had risen to a position as a senior desktop support analyst when she learned that she, along with hundreds of other employees, had been reorganized out of a job.
Unexpectedly, she found that change can be good, despite throwing your life into turmoil. After dusting off her resume, Rhonda landed a temporary position at Volvo, developing training programs and conducting training sessions. She discovered she loved training.
Fortunately, her next and most recent position at Honda Aircraft Company, a manufacturer of light jets in Greensboro, combined both IT and training. Rhonda assists external contractors, suppliers, federal agencies and Honda employees with Sharepoint, a complex document, content and workflow management application. She also conducts software training.
Despite work demands and being mom to a teenager, the IT specialist still makes time for extracurricular activities. She’s an image consultant for Dress for Success, a nonprofit that helps women who are job hunting by supplying them with clothing for interviews and styling advice. Once they’re hired, the job candidates receive a week’s worth of clothing appropriate for work.
She also recently launched a small business, GIRLZ on F.I.R.E., a women’s-only firearms safety training company. Rhonda believes that by empowering other women, she also empowers herself. Not to mention that it’s also a great way to give back to the community.