Andrei, Systems Engineer for Cisco in Reading, England, shares advice on landing a job after graduation.
“After graduation I joined a graduate scheme, working as a junior pre-sales consultant at an independent service provider based in central London. CISCO [is] a leading global technology company that designs, manufactures, and sells networking equipment, … [and] currently, I am working as a pre-sales systems engineer.”
Advice for Students
Before he left college, Andrei admits his career path vision changed.
“Have an open mind and don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone as often as you can, because amazing things usually happen when you least expect them to: technology is a fast-changing area and you need to be prepared to reinvent yourself quite often.”
Andrei notes that he did not have a lot of time between when he graduated and when he began his first job.
“Going straight from university into work was very difficult because the daily situations you encounter are far more complex than anything you’ll read in a book. Luckily, what I learned [in college] helped me to overcome these challenges.”
During his classes, Andrei learned the value of communication, noting that his university education prepared him for his career.
“I have improved and developed both my technical and my interpersonal skills, and that has opened up a whole new world to me. I gained a lot of confidence and was able to step into the corporate world with the right attitude.”