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John Hicks
Network Administrator

People don't realize how exciting it is to work in a technology environment. Everyone I work with is on top of the latest and greatest in technological advances. I'm discovering new technologies and new uses for the gadgets I already own.

What have been the most defining moments along your career path?

I learned quickly that changing jobs is not a bad thing. Changing jobs can be a quick way to advance a career as I've learned. I've been fortunate to advance quickly because of seizing opportunities. I think some of the most important career moves I've made were rooted in the knowledge that I needed to find a bigger challenge to keep motivated. You really have to manage your career and not depend on a company to manage it for you.

How did you get your big breaks?

I heard of a job through a former coworker. It pays to stay in touch with people you never know what a connection might turn into. I've found a couple of jobs from people telling me about openings before they happen and I've helped others find jobs at my companies too. It's a mutual sharing of information that takes place between coworkers. We're all pretty aware of when someone is unhappy, looking for a new challenge.

What was the best advice you received when you were first starting out in your career?

Grab opportunites as they come. Regret nothing!

What have you learned from your experience?

People don't realize how exciting it is to work in a technology environment. Everyone I work with is on top of the latest and greatest in technological advances. I'm discovering new technologies and new uses for the gadgets I already own. Things are constantly changing. You need to learn quickly and be able to incorporate that new knowledge to get rapid results.

What most excites you about your job right now?

I like solving problems and learning new technology. I enjoy a challenge and I've had some real brainstoppers along the way. Solving the really tough problems are so much fun.

What would you like to have achieved by the last day of your career?

I'd like to start my own business doing network consulting. My current job is great for now because I'm acquiring more experience every day. I'm trying to increase my knowledge base on some of the higher-end routing that I need to understand to start my own firm. On the job training is a great way to learn.

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