I’ve always had a pas­sion for com­put­ing and infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy. I remem­ber as a kid mess­ing around with a Radio Shack com­put­er (with 4KB RAM!!!) which my dad had bought. After this (around 1985), we pur­chased an IBM PC XT (with full specs as shown here, but minus the HDD). That machine proved to be an endur­ing source of edu­ca­tion and enter­tain­ment. It felt so cool back then to be able to use MS-DOS 2.1 and GW-BASIC! 

Over the fol­low­ing years I played around with new ver­sions of DOS (by MS, IBM and even Caldera), Win­dows and even OS/2 (which was awe­some but since it could­n’t detect my CD-ROM I was forced to use Win95). I was a nat­ur­al, and I quick­ly became the ‘com­put­er guy’ in my cir­cle of friends and fam­i­ly. I devel­oped a pas­sion for tech­nol­o­gy, and I would read and exper­i­ment as much as I could on the subject. 

I only con­sid­ered con­vert­ing that into a career in high school, but once that had hap­pened my moti­va­tion became strong. I com­menced a com­put­er sci­ence degree at The Uni­ver­si­ty of Syd­ney, but after a year I decid­ed that I was ill-suit­ed to cod­ing. By the end of the sec­ond year (dur­ing which I had delib­er­ate­ly avoid­ed CS sub­jects), I felt that my path lay in the human­i­ties, with infor­ma­tion sys­tems and gov­ern­ment (which I was doing as a minor) look­ing awful­ly tempt­ing. For my third year I had trans­ferred to The Uni­ver­si­ty of New South Wales, doing a plain-old Sci­ence degree. This, I felt, suit­ed my broad mind (I’m the kind of per­son who likes to know a lit­tle about every­thing) very well. After some false starts and changes, I grad­u­at­ed with a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence, major­ing in His­to­ry and Phi­los­o­phy of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy and minor­ing in Gov­ern­ment, Pol­i­tics and Inter­na­tion­al Relations. 

What a change that was from com­put­er sci­ence! It was tru­ly fas­ci­nat­ing stuff (I loved it), but unfor­tu­nate­ly it meant that I had trou­ble find­ing decent employ­ment. In Aus­tralia, the human­i­ties have the high­est unem­ploy­ment rate of all the grad­u­ate dis­ci­plines. I did­n’t want to be stuck in a dead-end office role, where most of my skills would go to waste. 

For a while I had been toy­ing with the idea of find­ing employ­ment in the IT indus­try. Recent­ly I con­clud­ed that it would be impos­si­ble to do this. I may have the skills (I spend most of my free time at one of my com­put­ers), but I have no for­mal recog­ni­tion (cer­ti­fi­ca­tions, etc.) or expe­ri­ence. After a cou­ple of weeks of heavy pon­der­ing and sev­er­al meet­ings, I decid­ed to bite the bul­let and enrol in a train­ing col­lege to get the qual­i­fi­ca­tions I need. 

Today I com­plet­ed my enrol­ment at the Com­put­er Pow­er Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy, and with­in ten months (full time: 11am to 4pm Mon­day to Fri­day) I should have a Diplo­ma of Infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy (Net­work Engi­neer­ing). That’s right, I’m train­ing to be a net­work engi­neer! That’s some­thing I’ve dreamt about for years! 

My ori­en­ta­tion is in Mon­day, and I offi­cial­ly begin train­ing on Tues­day. I’m so excit­ed! I’ll going to try to be dili­gent in report­ing my progress in this jour­nal. If you’re read­ing this (that means YOU!), stay tuned.