Truckee High grad Josh Furr stays connected with dream job at LinkedIn
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; For 2003 Truckee High School graduate Josh Furr, landing a job that combines all his interests and#8212; cutting-edge technology, social connections and the newest electronics and#8212; is pretty ideal. Enter LinkedIn.
You may have heard of LinkedIn. It is the worldand#8217;s largest professional network with more than 120 million members and is growing rapidly. The network helps people find and share opportunities and manage their business connections, and ultimately their careers. Furrand#8217;s responsibilities there include providing support, mentoring new hires and training new employees at new hire orientations for the company.
After graduating from Truckee, Furr attended the University of California, Riverside. Despite an academic concentration in biological sciences, bioinformatics and genomics, his career choice after college went in a new direction and he landed in the high tech industry. Prior to joining LinkedIn, he worked for Genentech, providing support for various technical issues. Furr was then recruited to join LinkedIn by a colleague, starting at the help desk and working his way up to corporate IT systems support analyst. Although he had the chance to visit and work with many companies, he felt a connection with LinkedIn immediately. According to Furr, the firm provides a unique culture that and#8220;makes things fun.and#8221;
and#8220;Every new employee I interact with when presenting at our welcome orientations are most impressed at how happy and energetic everyone is at LinkedIn,and#8221; Furr said. and#8220;I can truly say I agree whole heartedly.and#8221;
Recently, Furr discussed school life in Truckee and his career experiences with Switchback PR + Marketing, on behalf of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.
Describe your path to your current career.
I was very interested in studying genetics and biology in college, however the career path was less exciting for me. As a result I took my computer science knowledge and entered the work industry in information technology. I was always fond of technology so this field gave me a chance to work with people in a social capacity as well as be around the newest electronics.
What is a career highlight?
Last year, the President of the United States held a Town Hall meeting live on the Internet from the headquarters of LinkedIn, and about 100 employees were given the opportunity to attend and participate. It was an awesome experience and quite surreal to see our President sitting 10 feet away and hearing him speak about todayand#8217;s economy and employment status in America.
These type of live online meetings incorporating streaming video and social media interaction are a powerful and growing trend, and itand#8217;s exciting to be part of it. It sure seems like a great way to include participation by more people. Only time will tell how much impact it will make on the political process. Hopefully citizensand#8217; voices will not only be allowed but listened to more and more.
How do you feel your high school experience and education prepared you for college?
Schooling at THS (Truckee High School) gave me the drive to work hard and achieve results. I learned to stay organized and multi-task with my involvement in both extracurricular activities and sports. I went into college undeclared and without a direct path, but knew from high school the subjects I wanted to avoid and was less interested in.
Any fond memories of Truckee High?
THS was a great school for me growing up. It was small enough to get the individual attention needed to succeed. Almost every teacher was willingly available to assist at any point in time and gave guidance in a one-to-one capacity. I was able to build stronger relationships with a few teachers who I worked with in after-school activities. My basketball coach Jon Halvorsen was always very supportive and encouraging both in school and on the court. He also taught many of the computer-based classes, which ironically enough, I did not have the opportunity to take in high school. Another individual, Renee Weller worked closely with me when I took the role of yearbook editor. Both teachers were not only assisting, but also mentors to help me build skills that have helped me today.
Any parting advice for TTUSD students?
I recommend all students take a look at this site: http://learn.linkedin.com/students. We had more than 80 interns last year (more than half were converted and offered jobs in areas from sales to IT to engineering) and plan to have more than 200 this summer. If anything, you learn the power of networking and gain the experience within a corporate environment. Remember, every person you know/meet is a potential connection who can help you out in the future!
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