Turn On Your Future @ Swansea's School of Applied Computing : UWTSD

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Q. What is your Name? Robert Lewis

Q. What was your University course? BSc. Computer Networks

Q. What is your job title and role? Network Engineer

Q. Could you briefly describe the organisation you work for? SA1 Solutions – Providing server and network support for customers.

Q. Which skills learned at University are helpful to you in your job? Cisco qualifications which have proved incredibly useful in my line of work. A very good understanding of Network infrastructure and network security. Confidence in speaking to a group of people and clearly explaining your thoughts and views on something.

Q. Do you have a typical day and how would you describe it? One of the best things for working for my current employer is that there is no ‘Typical day at work’. Each day presents me with a new challenge whether it be a networking issue, a server issue or a telecommunications issue. In my capacity as Network Engineer, it is my duty to identify and resolve any issues within a timely manner. Other days consist of project work whether it be building phone systems in CentOS through the use of FreePBX or working on current network management systems.

Q. What aspects of your job do you enjoy most? Ability to work hands on with the latest equipment and the feeling of working as a part of a team.

Q. Do you have any advice for students who would like to start a Career? No one will go into a career knowing absolutely everything and that’s not a bad thing. The whole process is a learning curve and you will never stop learning, especially in the technology field as it progresses so quickly. You must always be confident in your own abilities. Finally, if you ever get an opportunity to do something that interests you, take it with both hands.

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