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This Week We Feature Young Professional Val I. John

Val I. John is a Certified Fibre Optics Installer with AVL Ltd, formerly known as Think Simple, a company that offers audio and video plus IT integration for homes, businesses or hospitality. Photo: Provided
Young professional and Virgin Islander Val I. John hard at work as a certified Fibre Optics Installer. Photo: Provided
Young professional and Virgin Islander Val I. John hard at work as a certified Fibre Optics Installer. Photo: Provided
Getting the job done in the fields! Val I. John said he enjoys travelling to the different islands and experiencing new situations every day as a Fibre Optics Installer. Photo: Provided
Getting the job done in the fields! Val I. John said he enjoys travelling to the different islands and experiencing new situations every day as a Fibre Optics Installer. Photo: Provided
Our young professional this week has not yet landed his desired career but is nevertheless enjoying the journey to that destination as he continues to get valuable experience in the world of work.

Val I. John is a Certified Fibre Optics Installer with AVL Ltd, formerly known as Think Simple, a company that offers audio and video plus IT integration for homes, businesses or hospitality.

“My job is to pull in fibre optic cabling and terminate the ends of the cable and test for service to customers.”

Val enjoys mostly travelling to the different islands and experiencing new situations every day “and working with the machine for splicing fibre optic cable.”

Versatile

Our young professional can consider himself to be versatile, owing to his various work experience.

Prior to his current job, Val worked at Nature’s Way as the Storage Clerk, Antilles Yachts as a maintenance personnel, The Moorings as a Boat Rigger, Penn’s Landing doing freelance boat work, and at DHL as a mail courier.

And Val was honest to disclose that his current job is not what he had always intended to do, even though he always gives a hundred percent of himself to the workplace and wishes to see himself succeed to the “highest level “ of the company.

“It has been my dream to work as a Network Administrator, setting up networks and maintaining them. Yes, I wish to still pursue this dream and take along with me my new skill set.”

Versatile indeed he is as Val can also be seen at various establishments honing his Disc Jockeying skills.

“I love music and I spend time learning different aspects of it.”

Responsible

Val made it absolutely clear that his family is dear to his heart and he pushes himself daily on the job so that he can be of support to them.

“The main thing that keeps me focus is the fear of not being able to survive and to help my family financially.”

Academics

Val I. John is a product of the Althea Scatliffe Primary School and the then BVI High School.

He, like most Virgin Islanders, also attended H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) where he pursued Computer Studies.

After HLSCC, Val attended Electronics Technicians Association classes in Puerto Rico and got certified as a Fibre Optics Installer.

God-fearing

Most admirable about your young professional, Val I. John, is that he is God-fearing.

“The first person that inspires me daily and I don’t think he gets enough credit from me is God, then my parents for doing their best to help make me who I am today.”

Advice to Youth

Our young professional has left a strong message for the youth of the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean.

“Don’t waste time at this stage in your life, whatever you do now determines what your future looks like. Stop wasting time with violence and everything else. Understand that we only got one life to live.

“I would just like to add that if you’re a young person with a special skill or whatever it may be, you don’t even have to be a professional, get yourself out there, promote yourself if you have something to give and let the older folks know that we have local talent and skill here in our country. Bless.”

15 Responses to “This Week We Feature Young Professional Val I. John ”

  • Thumbs Up (01/09/2017, 07:18) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    sounds like a great guy. keep focused and working hard
  • Bigg sister!! (01/09/2017, 08:43) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    That's my big lil brother !! I'm prouddddd of you!!!!
  • Fam (01/09/2017, 08:55) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Keep working hard and keep reaching for the starz
  • Cutie (01/09/2017, 09:22) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    God-fearing, educated, responsible, family oriented, talented and very determined and not to mention handsome. Keep doing what you do and I pray these young boys can look at you and see what a real man is.
  • Mommy Riisa Smith (01/09/2017, 09:37) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Proud of you son. I know that you were always destined for great things. Keep your head up, encourage your peers because when you lift others up, it spreads over the entire community. Most of all, put God FIRST. Love you
    • Aunty Debbie (01/09/2017, 21:00) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Congrats Val. I am sooo proud of you. You make my heart sing. Keep reaching higher and higher and stay focused as you allow the LORD to guide your steps
  • Proud Cuz (01/09/2017, 09:53) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats cuz. So proud of you. Continue to let God guide your step.
  • Anty Nat (01/09/2017, 12:53) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Great job Val..Keep thriving and keep your dream alive!! Your Family over in US proud of you.
  • Cuz EmE (01/09/2017, 16:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Keep away the goodwork Val, stay away from the THOTS they goal is to make you lose focus.
  • ann (02/09/2017, 08:13) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another excellent pick vino! You go boy
  • Past Classmate (02/09/2017, 09:25) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great pick VINO!!! Keep pushing forward Val.
  • Just like melee and bad news (02/09/2017, 10:03) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    We people in the Virgin Islands are a funny set ah people. Hardly a comment on this young boy's accomplishment amidst all the bad that is happening among our youth. If it was something bad, the posts would have been over 100 by now. Disgusting set ah people! Same sentiments for the other young professionals in the past.
    • NWS Sup'VR (03/09/2017, 10:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The description is a fitting one for this young man.
      Keep on stepping with the Lord, He will direct thy path.
      Continue to lead by example. Blessings.
  • Reader (03/09/2017, 16:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations Mr. John on your achievements. Happy that you give credit to the Creator. Blessings also to your fam. especially Ms. Riisa Smith...trust that at least one young person, especially young males, are motivated and positively impacted by your determination to finish school, learn a trade and work to help yourself and family


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