Hi! I’m Curtis Smith. Thanks for stopping by.
WHY SHOULD I READ THIS BLOG?
That is most likely the question that brought you to this page. I created this blog with the intent of sharing my journey from the world of telecommunications to the world of IT. When I first considered leaving telecom (the only industry I have ever worked in) I first thought that might be too big of a leap. I am now about to make the leap much sooner than anticipated. The purpose of this blog is to share my experiences with others who may be considering a similar career transition but like me believed it would be too difficult.
To directly answer that question here are some answers:
- If you are considering jumping from a field that you have extensive experience in to a somewhat related field you have no experience in you should probably read my blog
- If you are considering learning a programming lmanguage you should probably read my blog.
- If you are a very experienced programmer who just wants to laugh at a java “noob” you should probably read my blog for a good laugh (although that is not very nice).
- If you are a recruiter looking to fill a vacancy for a highly skilled java programmer position please check out my contact information (although I am a beginner now my goal is to be your ideal candidate in the not too distant future).
WHO WERE YOU?
Since this blog will detail the IT professional I am working to become I wanted to add a quick bit about what I have done up until this point.
I was a telecommunications professional who got my start before the World Wide Web did. As such my experience in networking has been focused strictly on core network design and maintenance (TDM/SONET/ATM/GigE/IP). At points in my career I was a Switch Technician, Electronics Technician (working on small office telecommunications equipment), Network Design Engineer, and Cisco Router Engineer. During my career I was involved in some awesome projects:
- Hubble Space Telescope deployment
- GPS satellite constellation deployment
- WiFi Mesh Network covering 2 square miles of downtown Henderson, NV
- Sprint Network Vision Project
While my professional life was always in telecom on the personal side I have always loved gadgets from the early days with my Palm handheld to today with just about every smart device type available as well as several connected home devices. I have also loved computing from an early age. When I was in 6th grade my parents bought the first PC I would learn to program (in case you are wondering it was a Commodore 64 and I learned BASIC programming language). It was at that point my future as a tech geek was set.
If you want even more details about my professional history please visit my Visual CV
Feel free to provide feedback in the blog comments – feedback is an incredible learning tool. Also, if you have made a successful career transition let me know about it.