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Introductions

I have created this website to introduce myself, and to function as a kind of augmented, online resume and summary of my professional experience and competencies.

I have posted a single-page, PDF version of my resume here.

My name is Jared Way. I hold a Master of Arts Degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, 1997). My Bachelor of Arts Degree, with double major in Linguistics and Spanish, is from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, 1989).

I moved to Craig, Alaska, in August, 2018, for family-related personal reasons. I am now seeking full-time employment. I have pursued multiple careers in my life, but the two most relevant for my current job search are my work in education and IT.

Work in Education

For 11 years, from 2007 until 2018, I worked as an EFL teacher (English as a Foreign Language) at various locations in South Korea (mostly northwest suburbs of Seoul).

My hope is to be able to continue work in education, but I recognize that I’ll have to “start over” in a sense, since I have not worked in education in the US since 1998 and do not hold any kind of US-based teaching certification.

For a detailed summary of my experience in education, and my thoughts about it, see here.

Work in Information Technology

Prior to 2007, starting 1998, I worked in private-sector IT in various capacities. I was primarily a database prototyper, doing business systems analysis and migrating data from legacy systems to up-to-date, web-based data entry and business reporting environments. I was involved in data warehousing, database reporting, web UI design, and systems requirements documentation.

During my years in Korea, I remained a “hobbyist programmer,” designing various personal websites and blogs. I have maintained a personal blog since 2004, and have been a volunteer systems administrator on a popular “geofiction” website, including substantial technical support and some wiki-related web design.

For a detailed summery of my experience in IT, and a discussion of my abilities, see here.

Other Relevant Skills

Languages

I am fluent in Spanish, having lived in Mexico for two years when much younger and of course all my graduate coursework was in Spanish, given the major. I also studied in Chile for 6 months and in Guatemala for 3.

Although my time in South Korea was longer, in fact I would only claim an intermediate-level competency in Korean. Korean is very difficult.

Because my undergraduate major was Linguistics, I have studied “a little bit” of many other languages, including (in approximate descending order of time and ability): French, Portuguese, Russian, Latin, Dakota (North American Native language), Mapudungun (South American Native language), Italian, Japanese, Welsh, Dutch.

Creative Work

I enjoy visual arts, including drawing, painting and photography.

I also do creative writing, including a “daily poem” on my personal blog for the last several years, and occasional work on several “novels in progress.”

Marketing and Accounting

When working in business IT, I interfaced closely with accounting and sales and marketing departments. As a result, I developed some broad understanding of the business processes involved, up to and including a good understanding of double entry accounting practices, corporate general ledger, accounts receivable and accounts payable and electronic invoicing, drafting “requests for proposal” and responses to such for large (million-dollar) clients, etc.