Andy Vick

Infrastructure Engineer

Plante Moran

“I am responsible for all of the server and storage technology that my company uses.”

MY ROUTE:

The Curved Road

MY WORK LIFE:

Infrastructure Engineer

foundation interest 1 interest 2

My work allows me to combine the foundation of BUILDING THINGS and the interests of ENGINEERING and TECHNOLOGY.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

A great day would include the culmination or completion, of a project, whether that task had been something relatively minor, or a large-scale project we'd been working on for months.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

You need a high level of exposure to technology and a vast willingness to learn. As you know, companies like Microsoft love to update their systems, so it's going to be a constant educational process to keep up with new updates and new developments in tech.

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

Infrastructure Engineer

I RECOMMEND COMPLETING:

  • High School
  • Undergraduate - Any Industry Certifications that are in your field of focus
  • Certification/License -

What I studied SOMEWHAT RELATES to my work...

MY EDUCATION

  • High School -
  • Undergraduate - University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, English Language and Literature, General
  • Certification/License - Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
  • Certification/License - VMware Certified Professional

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN TRANSITION TO A NEW CAREER

Today I see a lot of young adults who choose to get a foot in the door by taking a job on Best Buy's Geek Squad, or at a similar tech-based retail job. The people who leave that position with a passion to learn more about technology are the people we want to hire, and the people who are going to thrive in this job. You're not going to enter the industry at the top, so be willing to put in the work and get the experience. It's all about attitude and desire.

HURDLES I OVERCAME

THE “NOISE” FROM MY TEACHERS

“You'll never make it as a musician.”

HOW I OVERCAME THE “NOISE”

In high school, I was interested in pursuing music as a career, but one of my counselors was extremely discouraging. Honestly, it probably worked out for the better, but at the time, I couldn't believe how disheartening that was to hear from an adult. Luckily, I had a hardworking father who was a great role model and always helped me get past the noise. And I didn't let those discouraging words completely turn me off from music; I still took music classes in college and kept up that interest.

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