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over 1 year ago

What Inspired You To Get Into The IT Field?

Do you remember what made you say "I want to work with computer systems for the rest of my life?" I'd like to hear the stories of your first years in IT, and how SolarWinds' products would have helped back then. What was your moment?

  • When I was a lot younger than I am now, I took a lot of computer courses over the summers.  I was making the aliens from the space invaders game move across the screen and drop down a level.  I was painting the Italian Flag with my initials on it, I was trying to do "Another Brick in the Wall Pt2"  via MIDI in the 80's.

    So when I graduated HS, what did I do?  I majored and graduated with a degree in business and organizational communications.  Of course I couldn't find a job to save my life so I hopped back into computers. 

    I guess I should have listened to the 5th grade version of myself a bit more when I wrote a paper that I wanted to work with computers when I grew up.  My parents were nice enough to save that for me, and presented it to me when I started working in IT.

  • I started out taking Microsoft Office classes then went on to take AutoCad classes and then onto light VB programming then I thought lets see how I make out in Network Systems Administration and here I am. I was a basic Receptionist turned into Engineering Manager using Cad and then onto Network Admin.

  • I came into IT purely on accident (and survival).  I majored in communications in college.  Worked at the college radio station (even interned at a major Chicago radio station).  The radio industry was just starting to go through big buyouts and consolidation of companies and I knew that I didnt have a chance to make a living off of it.  A friend of mine got me an interview and a job for a level 1 help desk.  SInce then, I learned everything by watching and doing things to help the clients and myself.  I went from a low level help desk person to a shift/team lead, to a project lead, to a system engineer. 

  • I came into the field accidentally. When I was a kid and people could still throw away computers and monitors I was constantly annoying my parents by making them stop their cars to pick up literally anything I found on the side of the road. I'd bring things home, gut them, tinker with them, and make them work again.

    I was the only kid on the block with a pile of equipment like that, I started running my own web server for friends, did side jobs for folks to make some money, and with a friend's father who worked at ATI at the time was able to grab the latest and greatest cards for "testing" and built the most dope gaming rigs.

    When it finally came time to get a job I made pizzas, sold shoes, worked in a garage... Eventually I landed a gig as a contractor and bounced around from job to job before working at small business locally providing managed services to businesses. From there I clawed my way up the ladder and now am looking at taking over SolarWinds for all three locations in our organization.