Career and Company Highlight: Mississippi Power Electrician Crissy Sykes

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NAME:
CRISSY SYKES

POSITION:
ELECTRICIAN AT MISSISSIPPI POWER

AGE:
32

EDUCATION:
LONG BEACH HIGH SCHOOL, NATIONAL GUARD

HOBBIES:
VOLLEYBALL AND HIKING WITH MY 12-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” interval=”3″ images=”17892,17874,17870″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” column_number=”3″ grayscale=”no” choose_frame=”default”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][vc_column_text]MEI: So how did you get interested in becoming an electrician? Who influenced you the most?
CS: No one in my family is an electrician; I actually wanted to go to school to be a nurse or do something else medical. Then I had my daughter, and I chose to go into the military to make sure I could give her the best life possible. I joined the National Guard, and started off in electronics, which was something I’d been interested in since middle school. Bottom line—you can definitely change your mind and pursue a job you’re passionate about.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][vc_column_text]MEI: What’s it like working at Mississippi Power?
CS: I love working here! I started in operations, and I worked there for 2 years. Then I decided to go after an opening as an electrician—application, interview, the whole process—and I’ve been here for 2 years now. I love being part of a large company that still encourages me to pursue my individual strengths and interests.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][vc_column_text]MEI: That’s awesome! Sounds like you really love where you are. Of everything you like, what are your top 3 favorite aspects of your career?
CS:
1. I genuinely love Mississippi Power. Like I said, they recognize you as an individual and love their employees
2. My team is great. We all work well together, and we make each other better because we’re all good at different things.
3. Every day is completely different—there is no such thing as routine. We have a crew meeting at 6:30 am, get our team orders, and get to work. No two days are the same, and I love that challenge.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][vc_column_text]MEI: OK, so here’s the question you knew was coming: if you could tell students one thing, what would you say?
CS: Don’t be afraid to change your mind, but remember that every job is going to take hard work. Nothing is going to be handed to you. Whether or not you get a four-year degree, you have to put in effort if you want a successful career to support your family.

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