William Takacs is a trainer and instructional designer with 15 years of experience. As a trainer, courseware developer, and instructional designer for five major corporations, Bill planned the content delivery methods and worked with subject matter experts to attain high level training curriculum and instruction. Throughout his career, he has enhanced client relationships both internally and externally for educational benefit. He is always interested in exploring new positions that highlight his experience and professional skills to create a positive business relationship with success.
MATRIX Consultant Spotlight: William Takacs
This month’s MATRIX spotlight is on William Takacs, an Instructional Design Consultant working for one of our clients in Arizona.
Tell me a little about yourself.
I was born in New Jersey, but grew up in Northern and Southern California. When I graduated high school, my family moved to Phoenix, and I attended Arizona State University where I met my wife and started my family. My father was a hardworking Financial Executive in the retail world and my mother was a dedicated teacher in the local public school system. Funny enough, that combination has been part of where my career has placed me today. I taught in public schools as a computer teacher for five years and transitioned into Instructional Design work for corporate America in retail and technology for 10+ years. My wife has enjoyed her career teaching special education in public schools and we talk about teaching and instruction often. We have a teenage son and we talk about his education often, too!
What does your life look like outside of work?
Outside of work, I am involved in my son’s Boy Scout Troop as an Outdoor Event Coordinator on the Troop Committee. I enjoy supporting and watching my son grow in skills and character as he advances in Rank and Merit Badges. Our family enjoys the outdoors on day trips and overnight camping when possible. When we are not exploring nature, we have two dogs that hang out with us in our home office while we work. At night, my wife is grading papers and pursuing a Master’s Degree, and I have taken up being the family cook, learning which meals taste good and which ones I should never cook again. When I am not cooking family dinners, I join my wife in the office to work hard meeting project deadlines in my contract work. When spare time becomes available, my next creative outlet is to write a “great American novel”, or some kind of science fiction story.
How did you get your start in IT?
My start in IT came from my love of teaching computers, and I was lucky enough to find my first Instructional Design job when an E-learning company hired me because of my background in teaching. I will admit that the Learning Development niche is a very small and unique job market. When MATRIX found me, I was heading out on a camping trip with my son. When we returned, there was an interview set up which brought me to where I am today. I am grateful that MATRIX was able to align my skills and abilities with employment without taking away my camping time with my son.
What’s your favorite or most rewarding part of your career?
In my career, I am able to use all the skills I learned in college, while developing creative skills that make my work interesting and engaging. I have been fortunate to work with a mix of employees and contractors within the company, and every project shows the quality standards and commitment to valuable deliverables that I strive for in my work. I enjoy the creative development process, the teamwork with people, and the completion of high-quality documentation and e-learning courses at the end of any project.
If you could give any piece of advice to other IT consultants, what would it be?
The advice I would give to other IT consultants is to be confident in what you can offer the company or management you are working for. I have found that when I can share insight to a project process or workflow and where my skills will be part of the project success, it becomes easier for co-workers and management to trust me to follow through on that action and project work. When I show confidence in what I can do, and follow through with project success in the completion, I build trust for future work.