Q&A With Operations Management Trainee Jared Harmon
What’s the best thing that happened to you this week, either at work or outside of work?
I took a day off to go to Cedar Point with a friend from elementary school. The new roller-coaster, Steel Vengeance, will change your life – it’s unreal.
What is your favorite vacation destination?
My family did not vacation often but the most memorable vacation was when we went to Gatlinburg, TN. The hiking trails out there are really great for families.
What are you most excited for Fire-Dex in 2018?
I am really excited to see how Fire-Dex confronts the primary issue in manufacturing – lack of labor.
What TV show are you embarrassed to admit that you watch?
I don’t watch TV much anymore but when I was a kid I used to watch Degrassi. I definitely don’t still watch reruns every Thursday night at 10p on MTV.
What is the one thing you wish you’d known 20 years ago?
I wish that I would have known how quickly time starts to pass as you age. However, I would have only been 5 years old and that is an enormous amount of existential pressure to put on a child.
If you were a baseball player, what song would you walk out to?
I would walk out to Dangerous by August Burns Red.
What are 3 things people don’t know about you and may be surprised to learn?
- I was born in Hollywood, Florida.
- I did martial arts for a little over 12 years.
- I have a Master’s degree.
What is your favorite movie of all time?
Gladiator. Most definitely Gladiator.
What do you love most about your job?
The best part of my job is being able to make a difference in our employees’ days – whether it’s helping them with their jobs or asking them how their day has been and expressing genuine interest in their answer. Also, I use a fair amount of math and I’ve loved math for as long as I can remember.
What I’m currently reading…
I am currently reading Speak Like a Leader.
If you were stranded on an island and could only have THREE things, what would they be?
Three helicopters in case the first two don’t work.
What career advice would you give to new college grads or other job seekers searching for their first career opportunity?
Pursue passion – not money. When you find something that you enjoy doing, you’ll do it well, and when you do it well, you’ll get paid well.