13 Questions With: Stephanie Glandon
November 12, 2014
System Administrator and Technical Business Analyst, Natural Resources Canada
A hero who has inspired you in your career?
I don’t have any “heroes” per say that inspired my career choices but I have heroes that inspire me to be the best I can be, not only in my career, but in daily life.
Zuzka Light, a fitness Public Figure, who motivates me to push as hard as I can no matter what I do.
The first job you ever held and at what age?
I babysat for many neighbours kids, but my first “real” job I worked at A&W at the Rideau center when I was 17.
Your first position in the information services field?
My current position as the Technical Business Analyst and System Administrator for the GCDOCS project.
Coolest thing in your cubicle or office?
My wall of family pictures, kids drawings, and my boyfriend’s military dog tags hanging up. My co-workers might disagree and say my candy jar is the coolest thing.
What is your guilty pleasure?
My pole dancing/fitness classes. I have been poling for over a year, and LOVE the workout I get from it.
Career advice – what’s your top tip?
Put effort and pride into everything you do!
What useless skill(s) do you possess?
None. All skills are useful to some degree, no matter how infrequently you need to use them. Haha!
Proudest moment in your professional life?
I was the first user in my department to get a GCDOCS user account, I felt pretty important and special.
If you had 24 hours all to yourself, how would you best like to spend it?
I RARELY get even an hour alone, so the first 10 minutes I would be freaking out that I only had 24 hours, and that I would want to try and cram 100 hours’ worth of stuff into 24 hours. After that, I would probably go hunting (I love being in the quiet woods all alone), maybe catch up on episodes of Grey’s Anatomy I have missed, go for a nice long run, followed by a couple of hours of yoga, followed by going to the Nordic spa. Who am I kidding, I would clean my house from top to bottom without interruptions (because as the question states, I would have the house all to myself) – hehe!
If you didn’t work in the information industry, what would you be doing?
I would be in the fitness industry, as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, motivator, etc… I currently teach kickboxing and boot camp classes part-time, so if I wasn’t doing what I’m doing now in the IM/IT field, I would love to teach fitness full time.
Finish this sentence: “In high school, I would have been voted the person most likely to … “
This questions has stumped me. I have no idea.
How do you stay current in your field?
Network as much as possible, go to conferences, trade shows, and keep in touch with people I have met at them.
What opportunities does the interest in electronic document and records management systems or enterprise content management systems present to the IM/IT community and to users?
Can I “Phone a friend” on this question?
What should every information professional know about working on EDRMS projects?
You can’t please everyone, everyone has an opinion, and some people love to waste time nit-picking at the smallest things.
Biggest surprise working in this area?
How much information there is that gets lost or forgotten about due to not classifying data correctly.
What would you like your headstone to read?
Here lies a beloved mother, sister, daughter, girlfriend, and a crazy adventurous chick who didn’t take life too seriously and knew how to laugh! What a ride she had!!