An accidental Engineer – my name is Brendan, a father of three, a husband and a Network/Voice/Systems Engineer living and working in Sydney, Australia. I am an accidental Engineer who became an Engineer because my first full-time office job was for Cisco Technical Assistant Center (Cisco TAC) as a Customer Services Representative. Basically, my first Cisco job involved logging Cisco TAC cases day-in and day-out for one and half years. During this time, I had decided to become an Engineer of some sort. Growing up as a kid, I was good at maths and also, did attend a programming class back in 1984-1985 and that was the first time I saw a real computer. Also, my older sibling was/is into IT. Yes, I was that kid who formatted older sibling’s PC hard disk (when it was IBM 386/486 days) and made him jump up and down. My history of exposure to computers and computing goes back quiet sometime, but only in the early 30’s, I fell in love again with machines and went bonkers over last 14 years. Unlike many stereo-type Engineers (main stream), I do not hold an IT or Engineering degree from University or went through a trade trainee-ship to become an Engineer by trade. Although not formally trained through a University, I did attend Cisco Network Academy. Most of my training is through work experience, class-room training and self-taught using online/offline materials. Although at work, I was forced to select a specialty, formally not trained actually worked out better for me as I am not bound to any particular IT specialization boundaries when it comes to learning. (However, I do hold a Masters and a Bachelor degree in Arts and Business. And a string of IT Certifications such as CCNA/CCNP/VMWare). Since the day I’d decided to become an Engineer, I have fallen in love again with IT and Computing in general while specializing in Cisco Network and Voice Technologies, my interest in IT does not stop there.
Some have been telling me that “IT is a dying industry in Advanced countries like ours” and I am not denying the fact, because I am seeing many jobs been off-shored at the moment, mainly to India and Philippines. But there’s always going to be a great demand for good IT Practitioners in this industry, even in the shrinking local market. Technologies move in time and a good competent Engineer’s knowledge and experience also need to move timelessly. I agree, the term “a good IP Practitioner” is a general term, but for the purpose of my blog, let’s define him/her as someone who is not afraid of sharing his/her knowledge with others. Over the years, I have come across many Engineers in this cutting edge industry, some great, some nasty, some incompetent but pretending to be great and the majority very very drawn-back in terms of sharing knowledge and information in fear of loosing their ground/job. I am a great believer in sharing knowledge to my hearts content for the greater good in those trying their best to keep their knowledge up to date.
“Still water becomes lifeless over time, while free-flowing water is always full of life and surprises”, same theory applies to IT Engineers’ knowledge, experience and potentials.
-B.C’s thought in Sept. 2014.-
Last updated in March 2016