Well as you all know my name is Shawn Moore and I grew up in the St. Louis, MO area. My life with IT actually began back in high school. I went to a magnet school where you could specialize in all types of trades. I always figured I would be involved with technology somehow I just didn't know what exactly. We had a program that was called "Computer Networking" and at that time I have to admit I had no clue what that was. For some strange reason though I knew this was the program I needed to be in ASAP!
This program started the beginning of my sophomore year and I'll never forget, our very first task was to assemble a PC to be used as our own personal one that would be used throughout the year. Given that these computers were about 5-10 years old it still was very neat putting your very own computer together. It took me a total of 3 weeks I believe before I found enough working parts in the class room to assemble a computer that could barely run Windows 98 (This was back in 2002). Once I was finished though it felt like a huge accomplishment and I couldn't wait to delve more into this program!
Flash forward a year with a little basic PC support knowledge, our next topic for the rest of my high school career would be nothing other than Cisco! I never heard of Cisco and still had no real clue of what networking was. However as time went on I realized that for some strange reason I enjoyed learning about network, communication, and the layout of networking equipment. I had a lot more interest with networking then I did putting a PC together and for some reason I could grasp the concepts easier. So much so that by the end of Senior year I was the top student in our Cisco Network Academy class in our school. I've never been the "Top" anything so I knew that was telling me something.
Before I graduated I landed an internship with a very well known radio broadcasting company in which I was gradually shifting from becoming a network engineer to a systems administrator. Not that this was a bad thing and at the time I really didn't know what the real difference was since this was my first time working in a live environment. As time went on I've obtained full time positions working in a variety of fields within IT. From Systems Administrator to Network Applications Monitor however I never touched programming to much besides SQL as I really didn't have a love for it. Ironically in most of my positions I've had to manage a switch or router in some form and what I've come to realize was that was the most enjoyable part about all my positions.
That's why I've decided to start my path through Cisco at this very moment. I figure why do something you only kind of like doing when you can do something that you love doing! So here I am half way to my CCNA title and to explain the experience to you all. I kinda wished I would of thought about creating a blog at the very beginning of trek but hey you live and learn right.....right?