CareerArc Client Success Manager, Eric Gauvin Shares His Career Story
1. What was your very first job?
I was hired to take pictures of musical instruments and sell them on eBay at a local music store. Little did I know, I would be working there on and off for the next 15 years. We actually just found my first paycheck the other day and I started there 20 years ago today.
2. How did you find your first job?
I started taking piano lessons at the music store when I was 10. The guys there got to know me from taking lessons there and eventually offered me the job.
3. What was your most exciting or unique job?
I was able to teach English for a year in Bangkok, Thailand. It was one of the most enjoyable things that I’ve done with my life. I also spent a year as a radio host / DJ, and that would probably come in as a close second.
4. What was your most unique or least favorite job duty?
I spent one summer during college working as a janitor. Cleaning bathrooms was probably my least favorite job duty. It was definitely a humbling experience, but I’m thankful I got to have the opportunity at that time in my life.
5. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a video game programmer. I once sent a letter to Nintendo as part of a school project talking about my desire to work there eventually, and they actually wrote back and sent a whole packet of information and promotional material.
6. What did you go to school for?
BA Theology (2009)
MSc Software Engineering and Database Technologies (2018)
7. Describe your career arc.
I created the website for my music store back when I was a teenager, and came to work on various websites throughout my career. I worked as the Alumni Web Associate for the alumni association of my college while completing my undergraduate degree, and managed the website and handled a lot of the technical aspects of the radio station I worked at. I also served as a youth pastor for 4 ½ years at a local church and helped out with IT and website support while there.
My web and technical experience helped me get my first position here at CareerArc as Integration Specialist, where I handled a lot of the technical aspects of bringing social recruiting clients onto the CareerArc platform. I began my master’s program then, and a year later was promoted to Senior Integration Specialist.
About six months before finishing my master’s program, I began talking to my manager (Vanessa) about possibly starting to look for jobs after I received my degree. Luckily, there was a current open position for a software engineer on our development team. I met with the team when I was out in Burbank for the client success summit, and it went really well. They agreed to bring me on the team, and it was really a dream come true. It’s been over a year since then, and I am loving what I do here.
8. Have you ever been laid off? What challenges did you face? Did it end up being a good thing?
I’ve actually never been laid off, but I did return home after a year and a half of traveling the world with very little money, no job, and no place to live. I moved back into my parents’ basement, which was a very humbling experience. I spent about 2 months searching and interviewing for jobs before I ended up here at CareerArc. It was a very trying time in my life, but it ended up being a good thing because I ended up here.
9. Any unique unemployment stories?
A guy I know needed help scraping and painting his garage doors. My grandfather was a painter by trade, so I decided I’d give it a go. As I recall, I actually had a software job interview by his house on the morning I was scheduled to paint. I remember arriving at his house in a suit and tie and having to change into painting clothes. Painting was not exactly the same kind of job I was going for, but it certainly helped keep me afloat.
10. What would you do if you could retire today?
I would definitely go back to traveling. It was my favorite thing that I’ve done with my life, and I can’t seem to get enough.
11. What brought you to CareerArc?
I actually found my first job here through a recruiter. I remember looking at the job description and thinking, “This is what I want to do!” From what I was told, the CareerArc folks weren’t really keen on giving me an interview for the Integration Specialist job because they didn’t necessarily believe my resume and experience was a great fit for the position. I had done really well at a customer service job interview my recruiter found at another company, but the hiring manager there actually believed I had too much technical experience for that job. She gave this feedback to my recruiter, and my recruiter really fought for me to get an interview here. My interview went great and four days later I was working here as an Integration Specialist.
12. How do you like working here?
This has been the best company that I’ve ever worked for. CareerArc has taken care of me incredibly well and given me opportunities that I couldn’t even dream about. The team is incredibly supportive and the atmosphere is always fun and uplifting. I’m so thankful for the role that CareerArc has played in my life.