How One Young Professional Found a Career in AV

July 24, 2015
mkamel@psav.com

InfoComm International shares the story of one young American man’s successful career path in AV. Article by Cindy Davis, Special to InfoComm International®

A young man graduates from high school. He doesn’t have a career in mind, but he’s highly motivated and lands a job. Only the economy is bad, so he gets laid off, then lands another job, only to be laid off again. Rewind, replay, pause.

Then the young man gets a call from someone who tells him he could get paid to learn a highly marketable skill, find his passion and potentially land a job at a Fortune 500 company. Meet Washington, D.C., native Travis Hopkins.

The call was from the D.C. branch of Year Up, a nonprofit workforce development organization that attempts to identify the skill sets needed to fill entry-level positions in certain cities and provide fresh opportunities to young people. Year Up had determined that the Washington area faced a shortage of qualified candidates to fill entry-level audiovisual and IT jobs.

Figuring he had nothing to lose, Hopkins agreed to hear them out.  “They played a video of a couple who went through the program. He had started out with a rough life and he was now working for the World Bank,” says Hopkins. “It was one of those, ‘ah-ha’ moments. Why not me?”

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