Networking (part 1)

I just attended my first IT class this evening. It wasn’t too bad. I learnt a lot more about networks than I have in the last few years. I only hope I can retain all this information when it’s time to put it into practice.
Before the class started I made some small talk with the other students. This evening, only two other students were present. They were older men, both casually dressed. They told me they were jobless. One used to work in a bank.
I realised then, that spending a few thousand dollars of my savings to upgrade my skills wasn’t too raw a deal when at least I still had a job. I wouldn’t feel the pinch as much as they would.
I intend to make the most out of my training. Fortunately our instructor seems pretty enthusiastic about helping us – we even have his mobile number should we have any questions. I’ll be attending this course 2 to 3 times a week, after work. I’ll be tired, but my mind will be racing. As I grow older, I’ve come to realise there’s so little I actually know.
My job scope requires certain areas of specialisation, although I have found myself taking a step back, to look at the big picture. How does the technology I know how to apply, come into play with users and clients? Ultimately, how is my work relevant to society?
In a sense I am grateful to have found a job that interests me so much that I am able to come home and pick up from where I left. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe in bringing actual work home to do, but if I started researching on a certain kind of technique in the office, I’d continue to read about it even at home. I am absolutely fascinated with how things work, and do not mind going on six hours of sleep a day or less, if I’m on to something. I’ve been doing that for months now, and I thank God I haven’t fallen seriously ill or sleepwalked into a tree, that sort of thing. So I’ll keep soldiering on … and learning.


  1. Alvin

    Hi Van
    Seems like you are enjoying the course eh 🙂
    Anyway, what networking course are you currently taking? CCNA? Will there be certification? Heard that if you get your CCNA, your $ will increase for sure 😛
    What are the other things you will be learning

  2. vantan

    This course is for CIW Foundations only – after which I will move on to a full-time developer’s course.
    Yes there can be certification if you take the optional exam.
    Increment? I wish 😛 *hint hint*

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