Hi, and welcome to my Information Technology Blog! I always enjoy reading Q&A type bio’s, so that’s how I’ll further introduce myself to you.

Q. Great, yet another IT blog. Why??

A. More like, why not? Everyone else is publishing their opinions or personal experiences in the IT field. I feel that the more information is out there, the better. More times than none I have to fine-tune my searches which can be a real hassle. Let’s break down this jargon barrier and get back to basics.

Q. So why should we value your opinion then?

A. I have been working in the IT field since the turn of the century (makes it sound like a long time ago, huh?!), and have always had a strong interest in computers ever since my first one (Tandy 1000 SL). In college I started to head towards the communications (tv/radio) field, but my true calling lead me back to computers. After college, I attended (the formally known) Chubb Institute for computers and networking. I graduated in June 2001, and landed my first full-time IT job a few months later. Since then, I’ve improved my skill set exponentially in terms of networking, security, desktop/server maintenance and architecture, telephony, and a variety of software packages. In June 2007, I received my first Cisco certification, a CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate). Then in December 2008, I obtained a CCNA Security certification. From there, I plan on continuing on with a CCSP (Cisco Certified Security Professional).

Q. What is the most valuable piece of advice you can give someone who is trying to get their foot into the proverbial door in the IT field?

A. Two words – patience and dedication. Anyone who is looking for their first IT-related job will find, and this holds true for any first career-driven job, employers only want experienced employees! So how does a non-experienced individual get experience?

First, patience is needed. Believe it or not, there are employers who are looking for someone fresh out of school. Companies often have a ton of work available for first-timers. This can include basic departmental documentation, auditing, organizing, and basic helpdesk requests such as a broken keyboard or mouse, end-user moves, printer toner replacement, etc. As mediocre as these tasks may appear to be, look at the big picture – you got your foot in the door! Take this experience and make it valuable to yourself. Talk with others in your department, and ask questions about things. Learn from them! Learn from your new colleagues working in the professional field. Their experience is truly invaluable to your growth.

Second, is dedication. Don’t be discouraged by the day-to-day grind, or that you don’t have your dream job right out of school. You need to prove your loyalty to the company. With that you will be given more responsibility. With more responsibility, you will naturally gain more experience. Just like Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, “With great power, comes great responsibility”. This couldn’t be closer to the truth. Put your time in there at your first job. When it’s time to move on, you’ll know it.

Q. I can’t imagine computers are your only hobby. At least I hope not…. right??

A. Correct. Sorry kids, I’m not your typical nerd. Often employees at my work ask me, “So, do you have servers at home and run your own network, blah blah blah?” Of course not. I’ve got plenty of work to do at work, so why do I want to bring that home with me? I’m dedicated, but not obsessed. Other interests and hobbies I have include basketball (go Boston Celtics!), automobiles, motorcycles (I own a 2004 Harley-Davidson Sportster and work part-time on the weekends at my father’s shop), home improvement (my own, to be specific), and spending time with my Pug.

Q. Are you part of any other website groups, organizations, etc.?

A. Yes I am! You can find more information by reading my profile at LinkedIn and following my Twitter feed.

Thanks again for stopping by! I hope you find my information here useful in your own IT-daily lives! Until next time…

Jason


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