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  • #62770

    TechLuv
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    Hi everyone
    I am a college student currently along with working on some It certifications. Information Technology is such a broad area, and I would love to hear your stories about your career journey.

    1. what industry do you do IT work in(like if you work at a hospital it would be healthcare)?
    2. What part of IT do you working (secruity,admin, help desk, etc)?
    3. Education
    4. How long have you worked in IT?
    5. Any memorable experiences?
    6. What do you love about your job?
    7. Any jobs that you greatly enjoyed or disliked?
    8. One thing you would say is necessary to work in IT.
    9.What is your current job?

    #64253

    TechLuv
    Participant

    No one wants to share about how they got to where they are? It doesn’t matter the job, please share!

    #64345

    Drood
    Participant

    @kittygirl95: Well people are probably sick of hearing my story, but…”since you asked…”

    1.) Industry-systems integration/technology outsourcing.

    2.) What part of IT: Service Desk/Client Support.

    3.) Education: University (B.A., Paychology, 1991).

    4.) How long in IT? Just under 2 1/2 years.

    5.) Any memorable experiences? Not in IT so far, and that’s a good thing-my experiences in previous career gave me all the “memories” I need, thanks.

    6.) What do I love about my job? Hmmm…where to begin? I look forward (most) every day to going in, but most of all I like the work-life balance-my “office” is wherever I have cell service and Internet connectivity, so I can be with my family at holidays etc. no having to go in to work.

    7.) Prefer not to answer except to say that none of them involve my present employer-no complaints there whatsoever.

    8.) One thing necessary to work in IT? The ability to KEEP LEARNING. Gotta keep up with the technology, changing all the time.

    9.) Current job-L1 Client Engineer.

    Well, now that I’ve bored you to tears, I hope that helps.

    #64366

    TechLuv
    Participant

    @drood
    So what IT education did you do? A+, MS certs, or etc?
    Thanks for replying!:)

    #64380

    Drood
    Participant

    Hi @kittygirl95:

    I “attempted” the A+ exam back in March and sadly did not pass; I am planning to start another attempt at it now that it has changed to the 220-901/902. I also have training as a Certified Health Technology Specialist-Trainer Role through ARRA/HITECH Act and am ITIL V3 Foundation Certified since April 2015. Beyond that my IT education has been largely through my workplace LMS, doing modules in whatever I think might edify my SOC, like Linux, VMWare, Oracle, Java and JavaScript, HTML,PHP etc. Admittedly it’s kind of a mish-mash but so far I’m holding it down. Unlike seemingly the majority of “Cybrarians” I’m not particularly interested in hacking, except in the context of learning the hacker’s tricks to be able to recognize and guard against attacks. I’m more interested in Regulatory/Compliance issues (HIPAA, COBIT, SOX) and continuing on through higher levels of ITIL-my particular favorite field of interest.

    Have a great day (or night, depending where you are). It’s 8:45 AM here but since I work the graveyard shift, it’s nighttime/bedtime for me and my Chihuahuas. Take care.

    #64629

    dpark
    Participant

    Hello,

    I will be more than happy to share my career life story. However you may not be willing to read my career life story. I suggest you settle back, grab a cup a coffee and a light snack.

    My journey starts when I was 28 (I am now 40 for a point of reference). It was 2004 and the year I married the love of my life along with her two beautiful daughters. It was time for me to grow up and be a responsible adult and set a great example for my new family and the children to come (2, a son and a daughter). The only education I had up to this point was some associate level classes in Networking at a local community college.

    One of these classes exposed me to a Cisco router, at this point I asked myself a fundamental question. How does the router actually work? This led me to enroll into an electrical engineering degree at a professional college. After about two years, it just wasn’t working for me so I thought I switch to ITT Tech, which is where I received my associates in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

    During this time I worked for a firm installing security systems. I really enjoyed the job but it did not pay enough. As I was finishing my associates degree, my son was born and I needed to make some more money. Luckily for me an oil company was going around to the ITT schools recruiting. I got hired on as a Cased Hole Field Engineer in the Wireline department. Basically I blew up wells and ran electronic tools down the wells for analysis.

    I spent three years working in the oil field before I realized it just was not for me. Part of this decision came about because of the birth of my daughter. Spending 80 hours in the oil field took too much time away from my family. I packed up and went back to work for the security company, this time selling alarms. I sold alarms for about a year before I went back to installation. Again I realized this was not the future for me. So I went back to ITT and finished by Bachelor’s in Electrical and Communication Engineering Technology.

    Upon finishing the degree, I went to work at a hospital as a clinical engineer. I fixed and maintained all the medical equipment. I want to make a point here. When I switched to Halliburton I did it chasing money. It did not work out, in fact it turned out badly. This time I did not switch for money, but switched based on what would make me happy as a career, regardless of money. Best decision I ever made.

    It was during this time that I started to discover my real passion: information technology. There is a lot of computer equipment clinical engineers are responsible for. Clinical Engineering has its own small network with routers and switches, servers, etc. I did not realize this going in but I am so thankful for the exposure it offered. It was here that I set a goal for myself to become a CTO.

    While I worked at the hospital I went back to college. I did not feel my degree from ITT was enough. So I studied for my Masters in MIS at a professional college. I was six months from completing my Masters when I switched jobs again. This time from a clinical engineer to IT help desk at an insurance agency. At this insurance agency I found my passion in IT.

    Three months into the position I was offered to start doing information security. In fact the company wanted to go for ISO 27001 certification and I was to head that up. At first I balked, I did not want to go into the information security field, how would that help me become CTO? I did not want to pass up on the experience, the project would look great on my resume. Again, another brilliant decision on my part. I was offered no extra money or a promotion. I did it solely because of my career objectives. It turned out great.

    I finished my Masters and continued to bring my company in line for ISO 27001. A year into the job I was officially promoted into the Information Security Specialist role. I then began to study for my CISSP. It seems my boss had this planned out from the very beginning. They wanted someone with a CISSP, my boss knew with my background in installing alarms (physical security), my education, and the experience bringing the company in line for ISO 27001 granted me the experience required to get my CISSP. Which I did, Sept 2015.

    I am now switching jobs again. Going deeper into the information security realm as a Security Analyst. I could not be happier. I feel great every day at the constant challenges the information security field brings. I am not sure what my next evolution along this path will be, though I am thinking about Security Engineer or Digital Forensics.

    As for my goal for CTO? I am now deciding on whether it will be CTO, CISO, or owner of my own security company. Either way I have set the deadline for August 31st, 2024. Exactly 10 years after I received my Masters in MIS.

    My recommendations for you is this: never follow the money, set a long term career goal for yourself and work to achieve that. Keep learning. CybraryIT has been a great resource to me as someone new into the information security field. SANS is another great resource. Just keep reading, learning, and absorbing everything you can.

    HINT: If the things you are reading/studying/practicing are dull and boring, then you are on the wrong career path.

    I hope this helps.
    Thank You.

    #64964

    Trconcepts1
    Participant

    Heh – I took the scenic route. AA in Electrical Engineering led to 5 years in construction. Eventually something broke loose and I got my first job in Telecom as a PBX Trainee…

    1. what industry – Transportation. I work for a multi-site trucking company and take care of all the phones.
    2. What part of IT – Telecom, data networking, security – it has all seemed to blend together with the move toward VOIP, Cloud hosting, and WAN implementation.
    3. Education – initially an AA degree. But ongoing certifications – A+, NET+, CTP, SANS.ORG security trainings, multiple vendor phone system certifications
    4. How long have you worked in IT? Just about 20 years.
    5. Any memorable experiences? Many. Politely asking Marie Osmond to get out of my way at QVC always tops the list! (Maybe I’m to old and you may not even know who that is!)
    We were always explicitly told not to approach the guests in studio. But she was at the top of the staircase I needed to use. So as I approached, she smiled and said hello. I responded with “Hi. Excuse me.”
    6. What do you love about your job? At a higher level there are unique challenges to tackle and overcome. There is a distinct satisfaction to resolving a customer request that is non-standard.
    7. Any jobs that you greatly enjoyed or disliked? Grunt work. Like & dislike at the same time. There is something to be said for the mindless work of pulling cable or hanging wi-fi antennas. At the same time it is low stress but can be high aggravation.
    8. One thing you would say is necessary to work in IT. An open mind. The only constant is change. There is not an adequate job description. Except for the line that says “all other duties as assigned.” You will go into a field expecting to do one thing and find that you do everything else but that one thing!
    9.What is your current job? Telecommunications Engineer/Chief Security Officer.

    I hope something in there helps! Follow your interests and you can find a way to develop a rewarding career. I agree with dpark – if you find it boring, find something else to do. There are after hour call rotations, nights where you cannot leave because SOMETHING is broken, weekends you must work because it is the only downtime the company or customer will allow, etc.

    #66984

    TechLuv
    Participant

    Thanks everyone for sharing! I hope that this thread will help another person out as well!

    Feel Free to share your story!

    on another note I just passed my A+ 901!

    #66991

    Drood
    Participant

    @kittygirl95: You’re very welcome; hope our sharing our experiences helped and BTW congratulations on passing the 901!

    #67077

    Trconcepts1
    Participant

    Congrats on passing! Great start to any IT career path you decide on!

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