Building confidence in your tech career
Guest post by Kadir Islow, DevOps Engineer. Plus, our upcoming events!
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🤖 Data & Machine Learning Panel
Sunday, March 27th
2 PM EST | 11 AM PT | 7 PM GMT | 11 PM EAT
Curious about a career in data science? Perhaps you want to learn more about machine learning systems…
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We have a great group of speakers joining us, so stay tuned to learn more about them and the upcoming event.
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Sunday, March 6th
10 - 11am PST | 1 - 2pm EST | 6 - 7pm GMT | 9 - 10pm EAT | 10 - 11pm GST
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Building Confidence in your Tech Career
This month we have a guest feature from Kadir (Dadir) Islow, a DevOps Engineer based in Germany. He studied Computer Science/Ethical Hacking & Network Security in the UK.
Kadir shares the hurdles he faced navigating his career in tech, his experience working in different countries, and the impact a positive work environment can have on your growth.
After graduating and leaving education, I found I was struggling to land a job for 3 reasons:
Lack of experience
Lack of confidence due to lack of skills
Stuck in my comfort zone
It wasn’t until I moved to Germany, that I was finally able to gain experience in the field I studied. While I was being paid a decent amount of money, I ultimately knew that this was a temporary job. I chose to view it as an opportunity to gain experience in the industry. The company that I worked for was a fast-paced consulting company that developed web applications for large firms and football teams such as Bayer 04 Leverkusen or Hamburger SV. It was a daunting experience for me, as this was my first role in the industry. I suffered from imposter syndrome as I would compare myself to my more experienced colleagues.
What followed was a difficult eight months, and I eventually left the company for a new opportunity in Portugal. However, I did leave with a key takeaway from this experience: the importance of your work environment and company culture. At that early stage in my career, I found the fast-paced, client-facing consulting environment daunting and not conducive to my learning or development. I did not feel comfortable asking questions, which was a choice I now regret.
In Portugal, I was employed as an IT Support Analyst, which was the perfect stepping stone to get to where I wanted to be, which was a Cyber Security Expert. The country was beautiful, but the high cost of living didn’t make sense to me at all, however, I was lucky enough that the company I worked for paid my rent.
After 6 months in Portugal I was offered a SysAdmin/Network and Security Role in Germany which was the perfect next step in my career, it was a much-welcomed change in direction for my career, as things had seemed to be hopeless just under a year ago. I would eventually stay with this company for almost 4 years. The reason why I said this long was that they gave me plenty of freedom and time to learn all the tech stack I wanted to. The positive work environment and the company’s investment in my development was a welcome change to my first experience.
After 4 years I felt the urge to challenge myself and try something new, and I kickstarted my journey as DevOps Engineer in January 2019. What I didn’t know was that DevOps dudes are actually highly skilled. While I thought I had a decent knowledge of infrastructure, networking, a bit of bash and python, I felt like a complete beginner in my new surroundings.
To remedy this, I set myself targets in areas I wanted to improve on and invest time outside of work in order to accomplish my targets. Working harder became something of an obsession to me - I had a clear picture in my mind and I was motivated by my colleagues' skills.
While I was still interested in Cyber Security, I began to really enjoy cloud topics. There are always new things to learn or things you can improve on. A career in DevOps Engineer/SRE is very versatile and I rarely find myself bored at work. There is a good mix of managing infrastructure, automation and developing stuff. However, the door is always open for Cyber Security, and in the future, I could see myself becoming a Cyber Security Expert.
To summarise, my career journey in tech has left me with these key takeaways:
Get out of your comfort zone to reach your goal
Set your goals.
Don’t be afraid to take a step backwards to take two steps forward
You can find Kadir over on his LinkedIn
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