By MAXX Potential
Antonio worked as an Apprentice for two years, gaining valuable on-the-job tech experience before he exited MAXX Potential to work at IC-Consult as a Security Consultant.
What were you doing before MAXX Potential? What drew you to pursue a career in technology?
I was working as a Physical Therapy Technician and a Valet Driver with the goal of applying to PT school. In the time that I was working as a Tech, I lost the desire to be a Physical Therapist. As I searched for what I would do next, technology was something I’ve always been interested in, and during my search, I came across Maxx Potential. The rest is history.
Can you talk about what you’re currently working on? What are some of your job responsibilities?
I’m a professional services partner for a company that sells Privilege Access Management (PAM) software. I’ve gained certification in the software that the company sells, and with my knowledge of the software, I teach corporations who purchase the software how to use the software to increase their security footprint within their organization. We discuss best practices around securing their company accounts and delegating access throughout their organization.
What’s the most rewarding thing about your current role?
The most rewarding thing about my current role is the ability to work from anywhere in the world. Beyond that, seeing the stark contrast between what I make now versus what I was making 2-3 years ago has changed my life for the better.
How do you keep your skills up to date? What’s the best way to learn new concepts, technologies, programming languages, etc.?
To keep my skills up to date, I spend some of my free time learning new software, specifically software that pertains to my job. I typically learn through YouTube, speaking with my coworkers, and from my customer engagements.
What’s the best piece of advice you can give to someone early in their IT career or looking to get their start?
If you’re someone who’s transitioning from a totally different field and you don’t have experience in IT, don’t get discouraged. Yes, the transition will be difficult and you won’t know everything, but nobody knows everything. You’re not judged based on your ability to remember all the information you learn, you’re judged on your ability to identify and find the solution to a problem.
With that being said, as long as you have a brain between your ears, you have the ability to learn, it will just take some time. You may not pick up on things as fast as others, and that’s ok. Those who learn quickly and those who learn slowly still meet at the same finish line when it’s all said and done.
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