Meet a Computer Network Professional
We caught up with Damian Kasper, who is has worked in different roles in the IT industry. He started his career as a desktop support then advanced into network and systems engineering, software development and IT project management jobs.His most recent position was IT Manager for a large multinational corporation. Damian currently works as a trainer and educator at Open Colleges.
What courses did you study to become a Computer Network Professional? And tell us a bit about your current role?
I completed a Certificate II in Information Technology while still in High School, and then upon graduation, I complete a Bachelor of Computer Science at the University of Sydney.
My I.T. career began in desktop support, then progressed to network & systems engineering and I.T. project management. I currently work as an I.T. Computer Contractor for clients through the Asia-Pacific region, as well as an I.T. Computer Trainer.
What does a Computer Network Professional do on a day-to day basis?
Basically, solve problems and improve the performance of the network and related I.T. systems. Monitoring the current health and status of the network is important and a large part of the work, but seeking new and more efficient ways to do things is an ongoing challenge. Of course, we also get to play with and test new network equipment!
What do you think are the skills a Computer Network Professional should have?
- They should be good problem solvers and try to see the big picture. Rather than get too bogged down with a small technical detail, they should try and see the whole system together.
- They require good theoretical knowledge, but the ability to put this knowledge into practice is the best skill to learn.
What are the three things you absolutely love about your job?
- Designing new systems that increase efficiency and productivity. I love efficiency, and using Technology to increase this is very satisfying.
- Solving complex problems that bring real and tangible benefits to the whole organisation.
- Learning about some of the new and amazing technologies that continue to be developed, and getting to test them out!
What advice would you give students aspiring to work in the Networking industry?
Study hard, but also keep things practical! Create your own Home Network, add and configure devices, and try and improve efficiency and productivity. Be hands on and don’t just rely on theory. Practice problem solving, even outside of I.T.
What is next on your career horizon?
Teaching! I love teaching and training others, and get a real buzz from leading the next Generation of young Computer Network Professionals into this exciting industry.
Thank You, Damian for sharing your story with training.com.au