Why ? Because experience is knowledge.
I started my career in Information Technology at the bottom and worked my way up from there. It’s not been an easy ride, but I’ve amassed a wealth of knowledge over this time, and it really should be tapped. Now that I have reached a pinnacle in my career, I decided give something back – to be a mentor in order to help others. I began by starting work on this site which will eventually become a knowledge hub that documents this experience – both in the form of knowledge, and real life situations (and how I dealt with them). No big secrets or mentions of business entities, but an honest glimpse into Infrastructure, networks, and security from a very seasoned veteran.
If there’s one thing I have learned over the course of my career, it’s that Information Technology and it’s associated counterparts take a lifetime to learn and master. Sure, you become very proficient at numerous functions, and become a fountain of knowledge in the process, but the operational and security facets of Information Technology are vast – a void that is almost like an open road with no ending. The point I want to make here is that if nobody is willing to give you the necessary training, focus, and encouragement you need to succeed in these fields, the road ahead is inevitably filled with obstacles that are not easily to navigate or in most instances, avoid. In a similar fashion, a lack of experience in these arenas or the associated issues you will face with new deployments and mature infrastructure alike can also serve as a bar to following your dream career.
When it comes to the people I’ve mentored over the years, one phrase always rings true:
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.Benjamin Franklin
A much longer introduction on the foundations of PHENOMLAB and how my career got started can be found here for those interested