Jon Carr is a compliance supervisor at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here he tells us a little about himself, both personally and professionally.
What is a typical day like for you?
I’m usually up around 5:30 a.m. to walk our two dogs (Chuy and Tini) and water our community garden plot with my wife Tanya. After that we drop the dogs at home and walk the Ocean Beach pier, which is about five blocks from our house. Then I’ll make breakfast and log on to get the work day started.
One thing I love about this compliance role is that there’s rarely a “typical day.” One thing I know I can count on is that new questions and challenges will present themselves throughout the day. I enjoy helping my team work through those challenges while remaining compliant, serving the needs of our clients and meeting our funder’s expectations.
What do you like best about working in workforce development?
Collaborating with my co-workers is by far my favorite part of the workday. There’s a wealth of passionate and talented people at the Workforce Partnership and I feel fortunate to work alongside them. My colleagues in the Direct Services department have been extremely supportive and have taught me so much about workforce development and program operations in a short amount of time.
I’m also a hardcore extrovert, so being in quarantine has presented real challenges for my personality type. The team here has done an excellent job checking in on me regularly to chat and make sure I’m getting my daily dose of quality interactions.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? Any new hobbies since we started working from home?
I have always enjoyed gardening and working around the house. I have hundreds of plants and trees to take care of at home and a community garden plot a few blocks away where we’re currently growing pineapple, cauliflower, kale, peas and an assortment of flowers.
I’ve also started painting during the lockdown. I taught myself a method called acrylic pouring and have become obsessed with it. So far I’ve only donated a few art pieces and made a few for friends but my wife wants me to open an online store so I can get some of these paintings out of the garage. I also play the ukulele, albeit very poorly.