The Graduate: Sean Wilkinson
5 February 2016
The P&J features one of the IFB Team in the ‘Your Jobs’ section. Here is what he had to say:
Qualifications: Bsc Honours Degree in Computer Network Management and Design, Cisco Certified Network Associate Qualification.
What Does My Role Involve?
IFB provides business critical connectivity and ICT services to the oil and gas sector, professional services and public and third sector. As a network engineer I’m involved in the configuration and troubleshooting of computer networks. These networks are now essential for the operation nearly every business today. On a day to day basis I fix and configure the devices that connect companies to the internet and allow them to pass traffic in between different offices and across the internet.
Best Part About My Role?
I would say job satisfaction is the best thing about my role along with new challenges. I enjoy fixing and figuring out issues that are encountered when working with data networks and providing advice and solutions to clients about how they can improve their service. Also as network technologies are constantly evolving I am always learning new information and skills.
As a managed digital services provider of Internet Access, Managed Networks, Telecoms, Cloud, Hosting, Data Backup and Workplace Recovery with clients in a wide range of sectors, our services have to be relevant and evolving to positively impact on business efficiencies and performance.
My Job’s Biggest Challenge?
I would say that my job’s greatest challenge is staying current.
If you do not keep on top of the new standards and information you can quickly fall behind as information that was once correct becomes redundant. That’s why it is important to keep learning new material and renew your networking certifications. I have recently completed my Cisco Network Associate Qualification and now working towards my Cisco Certified Networking Professional Certificate (CCNP).
Best Career Advice?
The best career advice I can give is that if possible, try and secure a placement at a company where you can gain experience in the area you are studying. Often at the end of a work placements students are kept on as they have been trained so they can hit the ground running when made a full time employee. I secured a placement while in my third year at University and gained employment at the company off the back of that.
If I was talking directly about IT or networking, I would say securing a placement and completing Cisco Certifications or equivalent are very strong skills to have when writing a CV. From my experience, employers in the data network sector are far more interested in someone with practical experience and Cisco (or other certification) to support a degree in that subject.
Interested in joining the team at IFB? Visit our careers page for current vacancies.