About 10 years ago, I was rummaging through endless emails in my h**m*il account (edited for anonymity), when I received an invitation from a friend to join ‘Gmail’. At the time, I had no idea what this was and continued reading through all of my MySpace friend messages. Later that day, I decided to accept the invite and create a new Gmail account, and I must say, I was very impressed! Gmail’s user interface and the way the platform was organized appeared to be so much more advanced than what I had been using. Additionally, the ‘enormous’ amount of storage space offered, which at the time was an entire 1 Gigabyte, had me sold. Soon, I was off and running on the baby blue and white interface, and I never looked back.
I have now been actively using Gmail for well over 10 years. Since the early days, Google has expanded their offerings, so I also use a good portion of Google’s entire catalog of applications on a daily basis. As a matter of fact, not only have I increased my use of Google, but I have also taken it to another level by becoming a ‘Certified Google Educator’. As a G Suite Trainer, I assist new customers in their transition to a new platform. When a new user is introduced to the cloud it is rewarding to see lightbulbs above their heads as ideas are formed on how to run a far more efficient workplace.
What I enjoy most about being a trainer is the ability to interact with a wide variety of people and share my knowledge. I recall beginning college as a Computer Science major and quickly realizing the amount of focus that was required to stare at code all day. Considering my focus rivaled that of a fruit fly (who by the way have the shortest attention span in the animal kingdom… I just Google’d it), I decided it would not be in my best interest to sit behind a desk all day looking at letters and numbers. I realized working with technology and real live people was my best option.
From the live webinars I present to the on-site trainings, I always find a great deal of accomplishment in helping people become comfortable with their new Google products. I understand that this is just a small cog in the machine that is their job; however, a stopped cog can create leaks, which become floods that turn into brand new man made lakes (you get the picture). All in all, being a G Suite Trainer is a really fun and rewarding position that at times gets forgotten about, but can become a very valuable asset to a company in their transition of converting to G Suite.