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Paul woodward jr From cnc to ntc .next 2017 session


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Paul woodward jr From cnc to ntc .next 2017 session

  1. 1. @nutanix #nextconf #AW101 From CNC to NTC: A Journey of Professional Growth Paul Woodward Jr, Data Center Engineer
  2. 2. A Quick Introduction • Paul Woodward Jr • Twitter - @ExploreVM • Virtual Design Master Season 4 – 3rd Place • Systems Engineer, Presidio
  3. 3. Session Overview Deciding There’s Something More Training for the New Life Finally Making the Leap Got the Foot in the Door, Now Continue to Climb! Question & Answer
  4. 4. Deciding There’s Something More
  5. 5. Key Takeaways • Understand the time dedication to changing careers or specialties • Don’t jump in without preparation • Family and friend support is crucial to success!
  6. 6. Training for the New Life
  7. 7. Key Takeaways • Keep your sanity by staying organized • Maintain a work / training / personal life balance • Know and acknowledge when you’ve bitten off more than you can chew • Find a mentor to help you down your path
  8. 8. Graduation Day!
  9. 9. Finally Making That Leap
  10. 10. Hey Paulie, What’s Happening?
  11. 11. Key Takeaways • Getting out of your comfort zone is an amazing way to learn and grow • Understand your risk / reward threshold • Do not be afraid to fail
  12. 12. Got the Foot in the Door, Now Continue to Climb!
  13. 13. Make Google Work for You!
  14. 14. Never Underestimate the Power of Social Media
  15. 15. Studying Tactics  Read, Read, Read! • Dedicate uninterrupted time to studying  Optimize Time Otherwise Spent • Listen to Podcasts while commuting to/from work  Schedule the Exam for Monday • Utilize the entire weekend preparing • Get plenty of rest the night before • Schedule the exam in the afternoon  Remember, What Worked for Me May Not Work for You!  Mentally Prepare Yourself for the Possibility You Might Fail. • I passed the VCP my 2nd attempt, after working with ESXi in my career for one year • Utilize a cool down period between exam attempts
  16. 16. Tomatoes in IT?
  17. 17. Key Takeaways • Get involved in the IT community • Build your personal brand, it’s more important than you think • Give back to the community that helped you grow • Always keep an eye on where technology is going • Continue to learn, train, and certify • Help your co-workers strive • Be a confident but compassionate leader, but also a willing teammate
  18. 18. Fill out the survey found in this session’s page on your agenda for a chance to WIN!
  19. 19. @nutanix #nextconf #AW101 Any Questions? Resources mentioned in this presentation available at
  20. 20. @nutanix #nextconf #AW101 Thank You Paul Woodward Jr| | @ExploreVM