Am I Ready

By | September 30, 2014

Ready, am I?

On my way into work today I was thinking, am I ready to take the next step in my career? Do I have what it takes to move to the next step in my career path?

I have been in the IT industry for over 16 years. I remember the Intel Pentium 166 processor.  I remember the technicians I worked with stating we will never need more than 40GB of storage. Yes, that puts an age to me.

So it has been a fun track. I started in a small Mom and Pop Computer repair business.  When I graduated from High School, I stated my own computer repair business.  Until 2012, I was still running that business. I worked for Utilities, Communication companies, and software development companies. My current employer has pushed my IT skills to the max and beyond.  I thank them for giving me the chance to use and utilize suck great technology.

Thing I have accomplished:

  1. MCSE 2012
  2. Last Mile Wireless Internet
  3. VCP Datacenter
  4. CCNA
  5. SAN design and setup
  6. VMware design and setup
  7. 10GB networking
  8. Virtual design and setup for clients
  9. VEEAM
  10. AT&T and Verizon APN setup
  11. Exchange Administration
  12. Remote Domain hosting
  13. VCAP-DCD (coming Soon)

There are many more but these are just a few.

So I think that it might be time for me to look for my next level.  I originally thought that managerial was in my future.  It still may be, but I have a step that I was to procure before that. I think that it is time for me to look into becoming an Architect. I have been studying for my VCAP-DCD and VCAP-DCA on my path to the VCDX.  This has brought a desire that I have not had for a while.  Like a leading that I was meant to follow.

When I take constraints, restraints, and goals and put them into the design it is FUN.  I enjoy looking from the thousand foot view. Conceptual and Logic designs are my friends.

So what do you think?  Is this the right path?

I welcome your comments.

3 thoughts on “Am I Ready

  1. Brad

    Yes. Stay with architect. Technical people may not make the best managers because they are not given enough training/coaching/mentoring/etc to be successful. Often technical people will be promoted to management and then struggle. Often technical people who get away from the tech and full into management struggle with not being technical anymore. It feels like a knife that starts to dull and eventually becomes useless. Once something, your technical skills, that was almost an extension of you is no longer there and it is very scary. I am speaking from experience.

    No matter which way you go in your career best of luck to you.

  2. Ed Kennedy

    I admire your ambition to be the absolute best with VMware and attain the highest level of certification with them! VMware is certainly here to stay in this industry, and I think the certifications will serve you well. If you do decide to move to management, you will be able to use those skills to lead your team to success with a strong foundation of technical know-how.

  3. howard

    I would suggest that no matter which track (vmware or microsoft) you get into, get into automation and cloud (private, hybrid, or public), as that is the future.


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