Workforce Profiles take a closer look at the people who are working within the in-demand sectors in our region.
This week, we are featuring a IT Project Coordinator in the agriculture sector, we spoke with Corey, who is the IT Project Coordinator at Mucci Farms!
Learn more even about this job by reading the detailed In-Demand Job Career Profile: Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
What does an average day look like for you?
I come in, check my emails, and make sure there are no pressing issues. After that, I take a look at my project timeline and check out what’s on the calendar for the day. I make sure that all of our projects are all on time and that everything is moving along.
We have a lot of moving parts, and a lot of different projects at different buildings. I make sure they’re all on time and that we haven’t hit any hurdles with our suppliers, vendors, or contractors, and try to hold them to their timelines to make sure that we are getting what we need and that it’s delivered on time.
If there is a hiccup, we see what the hurdle is, and if need be we’ll try to adjust our timeline, or potentially look to another supplier or vendor to get what we’re missing on time.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I enjoy that I get to move around to the different buildings, different environments, different farms. It’s a dynamic working environment and every day is different which I really like. It’s not structured, because something could come up which will change my day. To me, that’s exciting. I like being in a fast paced environment with a lot of change. This company is very aggressive in that aspect.
In some of my previous roles, I’m more stationed at my computer, but being a Project Coordinator, I’m a little more mobile. All of the farms I check on are a few kilometers within each other, but it’s nice to move around.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
It can be challenging to find the right solution when looking at the business’s long term needs. If we’re doing something today, we should be planning for 3-5 years ahead. Trying to find the right scope, and planning ahead for growth. I see where the company is today, and where they’d like to be in 5 years.
For example: if we’re going to buy something, we’re not going to buy it just to fit the needs of today, we need to look at the future. I think – How many people may we hire in the next 3 years? How big will the building potentially be? What user base do we need to support? Are there any new technologies, that if they come on board, we need to be prepared for? Those are the types of things I’m looking for.
What skills do you have that make you a great coordinator?
Some skills that make a good IT Project Coordinator are: customer service skills, analytical thinking, planning, project management, and time management.
What was your education pathway, and what skills did you learn that help you at your job?
I’m a graduate of St. Clair College and Dale Carnegie training for public speaking and management training. The skills I learned there help me in my job today, as they help me identify with management and relate in business terms. It helps me to clearly explain an investment, and how it will support the company in the big picture. I think about how it will make things more lean or efficient, and how it will be a better use of time. Saving time is a big thing for me.
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What advice do you have for someone looking to get into this field?
Everybody starts somewhere, and just because you don’t know it all doesn’t mean you can’t get there. Grow on the skills you do have and if you put the time and effort in, you will get to where you want to be. I think education is a big part of that, and it will help you build your foundation, and then you’ll obviously build upon that.
Thank you Corey!
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