Thomas Schermuly

Objective

A social work / liberal arts graduate seeking new horizons and experiences.

Work History

Work History
Aug 2011 - Present

Volunteer Caseworker

American Red Cross

At the Family Service Center: instructed over 200 people on filling out ARC assistance application forms.

Gave initial reviews to over 120 applications, considering their cases for assistance.

Personally interviewed 15 clients as caseworker.

At the Laid-Off Worker's Center: interviewed 14 clients for assistance.

Reviewed and edited the content of the Military Resource Guide, and the Veterans Resource Guide, both published for use by Wichita area military personnel and veterans.

Feb 1997 - Jan 2007

Second Class Petty Officer Fire Controlman

United States Navy

Trained as a Fire Controlman.  Held a Secret level security clearance.

Responsible for maintenance and repair of Q-21 radar display system.

Supervised and worked with a religiously, ethnically, and racially diverse crew for a decade.

Traveled extensively, seeing Florida, New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Spain, Portugal, Malta, Israel, Italy (including Vatican City,) Jordan, Turkey, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Crete.

Education

Education

E-learning

Networking, customer service, and management online courses taken.

Basic Electronics/FC Strand/Q-21

United States Navy

Trained as a Fire Controlman.

Earned the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) pin in November, 2006.

May 2007 - Present

B.A.

Wichita State University

Bachelor of the Arts with double major in Social Work and Sociology. Overarching theme of studies: human diversity.

Social Work teaches: leadership, interviewing techniques, interdisciplinary research, the significance of policy, respectful approaches to other people, analysis of a person in that person's environment, the strengths perspective, understanding of many examples of human diversity, values (both personal values and social work values,) and information on major social issues of the day.

Sociology teaches: research, statistics, teamwork, basic content analysis (movies,) public presentations, appreciation of cultural differences, product analysis (soap,) appreciation of historical development of social issues, and writing skills.

Psychology teaches: research, basic content analysis (printed advertisements,) and human development from a psychological and biological perspective.

Women's Studies teaches: integration of class material with other studies, construction of a basic poll, basic content analysis (printed images,) tolerance of ambiguity, and comparative religion.

Jan 1986 - May 2007

B.A.

Wichita State University

Profound breadth of education in the liberal arts, resulting in repeatedly proven writing and mathematics skills, diversity of perspective, a broad knowledge base, and appreciation of a broad range of disciplines.

General studies is an interdisciplinary degree consisting of three concentrations. These concentrations are: science, music and religion.

Science coursework covers biology and chemistry courses, and provides: a science/evidence-based outlook; the ability to apply technical jargon and theoretical understandings; the ability to gather and tabulate data; the ability to maintain accurate records; the ability to operate scientific equipment and make critical observations and evaluations; the ability to think logically and critically; and the ability to manipulate both mathematical and chemical equations.

Musical coursework provides: attention to detail; the ability to work/perform in front of other people; and practice in interpreting musical notation (which communicates more information in less space than any other form of written communication.)

Religion coursework provides: an understanding of human development in spiritual and religious dimensions; an understanding of the significance of history to modern life and to religious and philosophical thought; an ability to understand and communicate concerning expressions of personal belief; and an appreciation of the centrality of spiritual and religious concerns to other people.

Skills

Skills

Science/evidence-based orientation

Extensive contact with the so-called "hard sciences," i.e., biology, chemistry and physics.  This teaches a respect for evidence, experimentation and proper procedure.  

Scholarship

Proven student, able to self-direct study on questions of interest, and a habitual self-teacher.   Habit of choosing interesting alternative courses started in high school with courses in Spanish, German, Latin, Journalism, Mass Media and Logic.

Communication

History of communicating in/with many forms of written communication, including: English, foreign languages (Spanish, German, Latin,) electronic charts, chemical equations, mathematical equations, and musical notation.    Proven writer, often called upon by others to function as an "editor."  Many courses taken have emphasized written expression.

Long work history

Familiar with office environments and customer service from childhood.   Dependable, takes initiative, and manages time well.

General computer skills

Computer operator familiar with the Internet, including several search engines. Proficient with Microsoft Excel 2007, Microsoft Power Point 2007, and Microsoft Word 2007.

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