My first day as a network engineer

Ill start off by saying that my first day went by extremely fast! Everyone in the IT department seemed very nice and I am looking to forward to working with them all. Unfortunately I am horrible with names so it will definitely take some time for me to get everyone’s name down. The whole IT department is roughly 70 people and the networking team consists of 5 guys (including me). The fellow engineers I currently work with are very knowledgeable so I am very excited to learn from them. I must admit though that I felt very overwhelmed today. I realized that I really don’t actually know anything when it comes to real-world production networking. A lot of the concepts felt like they went right over my head but the engineers assured me that they don’t expect me to understand it all. I am very glad that they are understanding and are willing to work with me to bring me up to speed.

My day today really did fly by, however when I look back right now I feel like I really didn’t do much. Most of my day consisted of getting introduced to everyone and talking to various kinds of people. I also spend an hour and a half in an annual IT department meeting. I did get to use something today that I have only read about in the books; a Fluke Networks network tester. I remember in one of Jeremy Ciora’s CCNA cbtnugget videos him mentioning this exact model and that it costs over $1,000. I used it to trace a bad cable run which was something that I have never done before.

I’m sure I will have more eventful posts then this one in the future!

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