Well, I finally decided to start a blog. I love to write and teach so this will be the perfect platform for it. However, I did not want to go straight into a tech discussion or demo. I think it’s important for anyone trying to build a solid structure, to have a foundation. Anyone looking to build a career or even set a goal needs a foundation. Before you walk, you crawl. I’ve always been interested in the internet, how it works and how communication occurs. Computers and web design was also something I was interested in. You can say at that point in life, early in high school I was simply interested in anything IT. You might be at a point in life where you do not know exactly what you want to do. That is perfectly fine. Your mind might be going in ten different directions. Is this technology even relevant? Is it going to change in five years? Can I make money in this career? Those are all important questions; answers to those questions might change your perspective. However, the important thing to know is that it is O.K. to not be 100% sure. These things take time.
Attending Cisco network classes in high school did push me towards a deeper interest in networking, but that changed once I went to college. I immediately took a job at the campus help desk. This was a great opportunity. A lot of people enter IT through the help desk. This was a position that exposed me to a little bit of everything. Early on, before my campus centralized their services with the other schools, I had the opportunity to dive into many different realms. I was able to jump into Microsoft Exchange, creating accounts and running other scripts in Oracle, helping faculty with internal websites and a plethora of other activities. There was a ton of customer service. Customer service is important, but I will save that discussion for a different day.
The classes I was taking had some programming component or a design component. My interest in programming grew. This pushed me towards my degree in Computer Information Systems. C#, Java and SQL were not easy to learn, but at that point in time I made up my mind that I wanted to do something in that area as my career. As a network engineer, I have not had to use C# in MANY years so obviously something changed along the way. Even though my degree didn’t touch much in the networking world (just the basics), doors opened at work where I was able to reach a managerial role and get my hands on the local campus network. I would assist the remote network engineers whenever they needed something from my campus. Even though my path was heading in one direction, the other variables around me created detours and even different destinations. This will be normal in your journey. You will be presented with opportunities. Think about them and where they can take you. Its not always about the money. Its about laying a solid foundation you can build on. No matter what you do in life, do it to the best of your abilities. Your attitude can determine where you end up. An opportunity opened with corporate and I was able to apply for a network engineering position. So everything came full circle. Even though my degree was pushing me in one direction, opportunities took me in another. Nowadays that programming background does help in the world of networks. As a matter of fact, everything that I’ve been through in my past helps. That is the foundation. All of your experiences no matter how small you see them will help you build that solid structure. Am I done with my journey? Of course not! Each day and each experience will continue to build me. The same goes for you.
Your destinations will change, but what is important is that you learn and enjoy along the way.