Motivation for changing careers
I made a very conscious decision to start an IT career. I was previously working in gardening and landscaping, but that all came to an end once the recession hit; that was my main motivation for changing careers. I had a think about what I enjoyed; I was always interested in technology although I had no experience, but I saw that there was a good job market out there which was why I chose to do an IT course. I had a look around before seeing Just IT, but when I did, I liked the job guarantee at the end of the programme.
The first role I had was at Enables IT which was a Helpdesk position. It was quite a small company so the role was very basic such as dealing with desktops and printers. I was gradually given higher responsibilities and I think as an Engineer I was drawn to Cisco and really enjoyed the Networking side of it, that’s where I found my career moving on. I did the CCNA as part of my course and I think you just end up finding the parts you enjoy.
I currently work as a Network Security Engineer; we do a lot of big data infrastructure projects for various companies. I got the role when I came in as a Specialist Engineer with a number of qualifications behind me such as CCNA, Windows, CCNP, CCDA. These qualifications I achieved whilst still with my first employer. They are the reason I got this job and since I have been here I have moved into other areas.
I found this role myself when I was looking for the next step onwards from my first placement. A Specialist Networking role came up which involved doing a lot of interesting things and they needed someone with specialist knowledge for a lot of the projects they had lined up, and that’s where I slotted in.
At the moment, I am working at moving in the architecture space a bit more. This involves designing solutions, I am already involved in that area on a smaller scale, but I would like to move into the Network Architect area.
Personally, it was probably the best move I could have made, but the advice I would give is to definitely try a bit of everything. Once you find something that you really enjoy, it no longer feels like work. At my job, networking is a bit like playtime where I really want to learn about it and put things together. Once you have got to that stage, everything else will come naturally. Never stop learning because there are so many options that can help you with your job. I delved into learning programing languages, something I never considered before, but Python has recently started to become handy for a Network Engineer.
Lunux. I started out on Windows which is like an already made toy. Whereas with Linux, you can build it however you want.
Desktop. There’s more power.