Millions of people were quitting their jobs and hundreds of thousands were dying of COVID-19. Samuel Bullard noticed it.

“Who knows if they were able to do something that they really loved and wanted to do. So I wanted to do it now when I had the chance,” Bullard said.

Bullard worked for a non-profit organization doing fundraising and community engagement in central Florida. He was responsible for organizing an in-person fundraiser at a virtual event early last year. And in doing so, he was able to re-explore an old passion: information technology.

“I noticed there weren’t a lot of people in the business who looked like me. People of color. So I wanted to try something different. And I read somewhere that trying something new thing is to explore its true potential,” he said. .

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Bullard didn’t want to quit his job with nothing else planned, so he started to prepare.

He took courses at Florida Technical College to learn more about the IT field, earned an IT certification in July 2021, spoke with people who work in the field to make connections and gain knowledge, and has attended a networking event in October 2021.

It was there that he met Massey Services vice president of IT, Adam Scheinberg.

The two exchanged contact details. Bullard quickly had a phone interview, then one in person.

In November 2021, Bullard quit his job with the nonprofit and Massey hired him as a computer help desk technician.

“Samuel is doing wonderfully. He’s hungry to learn. He wants to do everything he can,” Scheinberg said.

Now, when Massey employees encounter a technical problem, Bullard’s job is to determine the cause and resolve it. His job empowers others to do theirs, and he said it gives him a sense of purpose and accomplishment at work every day.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do since high school. I challenged myself and now it’s come full circle. And I’m doing something that I really love and I’m just getting started,” he said. he declares. noted.

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