Asad Khan

Where are you now after your IT Training course?


 

When people finish their IT training courses, it’s interesting to see where they progress to. Former trainee, Asad Khan, signed up to our training course to get the experience he needed to break into the tech industry and is now in a career he is happy with.

How did you first get in touch with Just IT?

I found Just IT on Google. Essentially I was looking for a way in, weighing up my options and deciding what the best option was for me. I like the website, everything just had a good feel about it. The next day I came in for a meeting and everything moved very quickly. What sealed it for me was the promise of work experience, it’s all very well having qualifications, but having that experience is vital.

Why did you choose IT as your career?

I owned businesses for 15 years and despite them being reasonably successful, I felt I needed a change. I have always been interest and always been creative, a career change felt like the right decision to make. I was in a comfortable position and my wife urged me to make the change. I had wanted to do it earlier, I didn’t go to university and was doing well with the business, and it was going to happen at some point so why wait any longer? I’m very competitive and I can give no less than 100% so when my mind was made up, I put everything into it.

What further certifications have you taken to get where you are today?

I took the MCITP which is 5 exams based around Server, VMWare Data Centre, VMWare Cloud Director, VMWARE V Cap and Hyper-V. I did around 10 in total split between Microsoft and VMWare.

What does your current role consist of?

I am a Senior Infrastructure Engineer for TLC Marketing where I have been for over a year. My role consists Server Network Construction, VMWare, Cloud, Band Widths and end user experience. It’s so varied and that’s what keeps me interested.

My first few roles were dealing with end Users, that’s the best place to learn. You will make mistakes and people will check your work but that’s important. What happens if no-one checks your work? Mistakes happen and you have to be prepared to make them, but also learn from them.

I now mentor the Service Desk at TLC. I help train others, listen to their calls and get them involved with a variety of tasks.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

There’s no plan set in stone to be honest. I know my stuff very well now so consultancy or contracting may be an option, working on small projects. I don’t think management would suit me, I’m too techy – I don’t want to take my hands off the kit!

What are your hobbies and interests outside of IT?

In all honesty very little! I like family time, enjoy the gym and have a passion for rowing. But the biggest thing for me is family time.

What is your advice for anyone considering a career in IT?

The NPP course is perfect to get you into IT, where you want to end up is up to you. But you have to start at the beginning, I was fortunate and had a little hands on experience through my own work and interests. Other people on the course with me were in the same boat, however a few didn’t complete all their certifications.

I would encourage to complete everything, certifications are very important. What I also did was set up a lab at home, there is no substitute for hands on experience. I have servers, switches etc. What better way to learn? Reading a book and taking an exam is one thing, but if someone asks you a question will you know the answer? Having my own equipment as well as doing my work experience with Hackett was a great help. Don’t go through the motions, get stuck in.

I would encourage to complete everything, certifications are very important. What I also did was set up a lab at home, there is no substitute for hands on experience. I have servers, switches etc. What better way to learn? Reading a book and taking an exam is one thing, but if someone asks you a question will you know the answer? Having my own equipment as well as doing my work experience with Hackett was a great help. Don’t go through the motions, get stuck in.

iPhone or Android?

As a user, iPhone. As a developer, Android.

Laptop or PC?

Laptop for me.

X-Box or PlayStation?

PlayStation no contest!