TG Spotlight: Erik Wessel
Erik is a senior solutions engineer.
Childhood career path: A veterinarian and a novelist (still want to be a novelist)
Spirit Animal: Owl
Favorite Book: Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings
Bucket List Item: I’d love to go to Faribanks, Alaska, or Reykjavic, Iceland for the Summer Solstice
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: De Pere, WI (outside Green Bay) and Cedarburg, W
Q: What career path did you choose for yourself as a child?
A: I wanted to be, at varying points, a veterinarian and a novelist. (Still want to be a novelist.)
Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
A: Early on it was Reading. In high school, it was my English Lit classes.
Q: What is your spirit animal and why?
A: The Owl. Owls are independent and perceived as wise, not to mention mysterious and fierce predators. They fly quietly, and are extremely perceptive.
Q: What’s your favorite book?
A: Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings. I read it when I was 12, and it really solidified my interest in fantastic and speculative fiction, and I’ve re-read it many times over the years.
Q: Where is your favorite vacation spot?
A: The mountains in winter; anywhere there’s a ski resort. Summit county CO, is the central hub for me.
Q: Is there anything on your bucket list??
A: I’d love to go to Faribanks, Alaska, or Reykjavic, Iceland for the Summer Solstice. Similarly, Stonehenge on Summer Solstice would be interesting.
Q: Do you have any hobbies/activities you like to do in your free time?
A: I’m an avid reader, and I love to play video games and spend time with my dogs. Occasionally I indulge in writing my own fiction.
Q: What do you love best about your job?
A: Learning about clients. Whatever tool or technology you’re using, doing something for a new client or a new project for an existing client can always give you something to learn. Learning about new technologies is always enjoyable, as well.
Q: What has been your best experience at TG so far?
A: Getting to know the team here. Whether you enjoy the work you’re doing, or it’s a hard slog, having a team you get along with–that has members who support each other–is what makes the difference between a good job and a great job.
Q: What technologies have you worked with or enjoyed working with?
Right now I’m really enjoying using a tool called Vagrant for creating virtual environments for development. Looking forward to learning about Docker for the same reasons.
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