Though my field of specialization is not related to computers, computers come my way often that I learned to love it. I did not notice that I began to pour hours and hours of my spare time learning how to make computers bend according to my will. I accumulated books and CD’s that I patiently read and followed. I spent a lot of time in forums where most of the members are IT professionals, I learned their language, I learned what to learn, I learned how to learn, and I learned where to look for answers to most of my questions. It was a journey that counted years and I am still counting. Then came to a point where the IT guys in the forums where I frequent see me as an IT guy and real IT guys often PM me for answers to some of their questions. In the
workplace, some people think that I am an IT guy so every time they have trouble with their PC they go to me for help. I even got a shot at teaching (part-time) IT related subjects in one of the schools here whose name is synonymous with IT education in the Philippines. There I got the chance to mix with real IT Professionals and learn a lot first hand. There I saw how wide a field of opportunities could open for me in the IT world.
But I am not really an IT guy because I do not have any certification to show that I am legally IT. Now I am thinking of pushing it further by earning a Cisco certification. If I earn a Cisco certification more opportunities will open for me. Now I am preparing for a shot at a certification so I am again on the lookout for anything that would be of help for this endeavor. I have just signed up with The Cisco Learning Network. This is a community where IT professionals could share ideas and expand knowledge and get connected with different people in the IT world. I believe that by joining this community I would be able to enhance and advance my skills that would lead to better opportunities in the future. It is not just by browsing technical content in this community that I gain a lot, it is also through getting to connect with people and share insights, opinions, and knowledge with the community.