1.2 The Network Engineer Career

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So that's also
talk to you about what network engineers do.
I couldn't be more than a year
and then I'm gonna ask more cheer a little bit of information with us about a day in the life
off someone who works as a network engineer.
So more specifically about what network engineers do is they designed, administer, maintain computer networks, media areas.
I just wanted a system software, etcetera.
And what piece that we want to focus on this well
and have a think about is that
system performance in time is very, very, very, very important on network. If it never is down, it's really not doing well.
And additionally, lost the title here in terms of what that engineers do is they protect the security to that touches on the piece that we just nature apart their software and the data, which is such a critical days. Somewhere we were chatting for the presentation. You talked a little bit about a day in the life,
so information,
Yeah. Hey, how's everybody doing? So it is evening for me. It is 6 p.m. Out here in the Middle East,
and, as Gina said, I'm currently on ops chief or knock out here
every day is different. But I think overall every day
some of the things could be the same. So the primary purpose of a knock is to monitor and kind of maintain a network of stumps store with with what I deal with. I manage an I P Network and also kind of transport network. Just because we do have some old technology mixing with new technology. I have team under me.
I have several kind of battle captains or watch officers, and their general job is to man the phones. We watch the network of the entire ale are out here or our area of operations kind of network that we're responsible for, and we work with other knocks and other socks and other
other centers across the globe to manage kind of our network.
We also have technicians that specialize in I p. We have technicians that specialize in transport. I have field engineers that I can dispatch for issues that we can't resolve over the phone,
and then we also have
tons of feeds that come in from all of the systems that we kind of look over. We have all kinds of different technologies that we manage
and, you know, 11 of the biggest things as an ops chief, which what I do is, I work with other ops, cheese and other people across the networks just to give an idea with what goes on when something goes down. That's kind of win
that. That's when you really see what not conduce. We kind of pull everything together. You have contacts, you make phone calls. There's been plenty of times where I have a phone on each year that I'm talking to two different people trying to kind of play the man in the middle. But our primary goal is no matter. What happens when something goes down is to get it back up quick as we can.
You can't always do that. The one thing I can say is moving into an hour Operation center is that,
well, it's fast, It's fast moving, Really. Change happens every day. Everything is always different, which is kind of the things I like about it is that you're always on your toes. But
we do this thing 10 fold that it says here we manage, you know, authorized service interruptions. We always make sure coordinate amongst all parties that if something does go down, we have alternate paths. We have alternate routes. We can make sure that everybody involved is up in the note.
But one thing about out here in the Middle East is that's not always the case, because the vendors are You don't necessarily have to follow the rules like they
would in the States, so we could have fun days toe where we come into lots of surprises.
Task it? Yeah. Pass it back to you.
Thank you. Yeah. Wonderful.
Very good information. Yes, I know that you are on fire at times, right? In terms of what you're doing in the knock and as you mentioned, especially when it goes down. Obviously, people are very interested in having and then come back up. So fantastic begs for your insight on that. On one thing I wanted to mention to you that I didn't mention earlier as we started the webinar is that we will have
Q and A with a lot of questions
that the participants will be sharing with us. And we'll go through that at the end for about 10 to 15 minutes. Okay,
next piece that we want to get into industry demand. So this is an exciting piece for us. We love to see that this industry obviously is growing. And
according to the U. S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, which is called the Chalice here in us, obviously we're looking for a 6% growth between 2016 and 2026. This is enormous. And if you think about that, if you think about the fact that if there are 100,000 network engineer jobs
over that time period, they would add 6000 more. And there are more than 100,000 network engineer jobs worldwide. Obviously.
But I just wanted to do a little simple math around that. And Joe, I wanted to ask you a little bit about industries in man.
When we were talking again before we got ready for our webinar, we talked about the shift in the workforce, and there are lots of lower level tax and other more higher. There are fewer higher level text time. Well, what about that? And also about what's happening with the cloud as it relates to the world of a network engineer
sure thing. So, uh, good morning, everyone to say good morning because it's morning for me. It was because I slept in a little bit, Uh, so So one of the things that's really happening. We're kind of where we are right now in this cycle of network engineering.
We go through these cycles wherever it wants to move to the EMS, and everyone wants to go back to hard to bare metal. We sort of go back and forth.
Right now, we're very much in a place where, like, platform is the service and infrastructure is the service are major parts of the industry, so you'll see a lot of lot of use of like Docker. There's lots of used of, like Oracle's Rabello Cloud things like this, where
most of the day to day work of maintaining a network
is being performed by sort of as a service by 1/3 party company.
What's important for that is that it means that individual companies are less likely to be hiring sort of
those those higher level network engineers. More likely, you're starting to see those being higher, sort of en masse by groups like doctor or rebel or companies that air
performing these service is further for other companies. So what you're really gonna start seeing is where those, you know, cos we're located. So, for example, of Washington D C. Area is a really big one for that on there. Some in Silicon Valley, although not not quite as many as you would think on then Michigan, Actually, interestingly enough, here in America,
these are big hubs where these sort of platform is a service and infrastructures of service companies are really taking hold. And so that's where you're going to see a lot of the growth for network engineers or the next 5 to 10 years.
Wonderful. Great. And I'll open this up also to Shane and two marks of Shane. I'll start with you. What are you seeing in your part of the world
with industry demand for network engineers?
Sorry, I was on mute for a second. Yeah. Good. Good morning. Good afternoon. Good evening, everybody. But, you know, similar to what Joe saying, uh,
seeing that similarity is, Well, there's just there's different aspects across the board as, uh, you know, as the man progresses forward, I mean, there's opportunity still from the SNB standpoint. Ah, small, medium business standpoint, where,
uh, network administration is the one high demand where they, you know, want to utilize the service is to keep everything in house from an infrastructure standpoint.
Then there's also opportunities to work for you. No larger eyes, peas or larger MSP. Is that air hosting? You know, virtualized cloud infrastructure where you have an opportunity thio help, maintain, manage and oversee those aspects as well. So
different different variations across the board. Technology is always gonna be in
high demand as things move forward. And again, you know, both aspects of people wanting to keep their infrastructure in house. But then also, people wanted to outsource that infrastructure to, you know, to cloud service providers
fantastic, great. And mark where you are in your world. What are you seeing in terms of industry demand?
So, I mean, I think the key Thio what with what I do with,
you know, as a network ops chief and as kind of with the government is never continued to something that we always look for. I know that the turn network engineer could kind of go a couple different ways, which, you know, we've all talked about before, and that's from entry level, all the way up through the network, into your network architect. But you know, certifications kind of one of the things that a lot of
a lot of the resumes that we get that's kind of what we focus on.
But the demand is high. It it's something that, like Shane, said, you know,
typically, you don't want to Alice sort outsource something like that because, you know, this is kind of
the end. All be all of of any company nowadays is is your network in your infrastructure. I see the demand just continue to go up because once you know what, you start outsourcing it. At a certain point you start to lose control, and I think that that's kind of where where things get scary and,
you know, especially with what we do with from the cyber security side as well.
You know, securing the network is something that I know all of us always kind. And you know, the business people don't always, always listen to this because we're a call center. But I think I can. Over my career, I've seen the change shift.
Absolutely. Yeah, We're gonna talk about that a little bit later, and I'm gonna tap into your knowledge on what's happening with the shifts in. Obviously, in the industry, in the environment, we're gonna talk a little bit more as we go along. Wonderful. Thank you guys so much.
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