Everyone always has a different path to Cisco. For me, it took some time to discover Cisco – and to truly find what my passion in life was. I have gone from being someone who lacked ambition and hated their work, to being motivated to pursue my CCNA and CCIE and loving where I work.
Although, my journey wasn’t without its hardships.
I used to think that being an IT professional would bring purpose to my life and I would be making a difference in the community. But my situation remained the same. Where was the passion and excitement that I thought might come to my life being an IT engineer?
Eight months after my graduation, everything changed. I had a serious accident and was hit by a carriage truck on the road. With a minor skull injury, fractured ribs, back and shoulder, dual vision and a bilateral paralysis on my face, I was bed ridden for almost a year. As you can imagine, it was a very difficult year – but, slowly, I was able to achieve my daily activities again, and while it had been mentally and physically taxing – I felt it was a turning point in my life too. This accident and my recovery period also gave me time to think about the direction I wanted my life – and career – to move in.
It is said that you are only as successful as the people you surround yourself with, and I was blessed to have a supportive network of family and friends to help me heal and to remind me that this was only a moment of my journey. Though I made progress daily, I still struggled with the pace and, at times, felt like I was falling behind in life. With a positive mindset and an encouraging support system, however, I am proud to say that I did not allow this accident to come in the way of achieving my dreams.
During my studies, I understood the basics of networking and that interested me. I decided to start perusing Cisco’s Certified Networking Administrator (CCNA) certification. The more I got into it, the more I was loving it. Learning about technology really helped me heal mentally and come out of the trauma I had gone through. With Cisco’s publicly available documentations, learning was fun!
This led to me thinking that I would really like to work at Cisco one day – and inspired me to learn as much about Cisco technology as I could.
I got my first opportunity to work in a small organization as a Network Engineer – which further added to my motivation – and I was back with a bang! After completing my CCNA, I decided to become a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) – I was hungry for all the knowledge that I could get. From there, I planned to learn more about Network Security, and found my calling in life. I loved exploring this new world, and it inspired me to set a goal of becoming a Network Security Consultant.
After a lot of hard work and digging into the technology, I got a chance to work with a Cisco partner as a Cisco TAC engineer for Network Security.
This role shaped who I am today. I’ve worked with some of the top technical gurus, faced a lot of challenging technical problems, and have been guided by so many wonderful mentors that changed my entire way of thinking. Because of them, in my free time, I started working on my Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification.
My first attempt, I failed. But I didn’t let that deter me. I thought through on my why I failed, my shortcomings, things I needed to work on and revisit in my studies. I continued preparing and a year after my first attempt, finally cleared my CCIE Security Certification – I had never been prouder!
At this point in my career, I wanted to explore different roles and continue to grow – so I moved to Melbourne, Australia to do just that. After working here for nearly 1.5 years, I realized Cisco was the only place for me, and in June 2019 I came back as a Customer Success Specialist in Cybersecurity!
You often hear that Cisco is a great organization to work for, and that’s true. There are wonderful people here, top notch teams, and I am always working on amazing technologies. Our culture is truly one from the heart, and we operate more like a family than co-workers because we are all so supportive of each other. It is no wonder to me that we were awarded the #1 World’s Best Workplace.
I love working at Cisco and am proud to be a Cisco employee.
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Nice blog and discussion Joy
Dear joy ,
I met you almost a decade ago and the attitude you were carrying at that time was really impressive and your humble nature is also one of the key aspect of this success . Not only you knew how to carry yourself with dignity and confidence but parallelly you had an excellent attitude in maintaining relations and carry wisdom of truth.
You aren’t only engineer but a warrior who overcome all the irrefutable challenges . The main thing that you always remember is your roots which makes you more of an achiever than successor . Keep up the good initiatives and I wish you even more heights and more steps forward on the ladder of success.
Your journey is truly inspiring. Keep shining always. Much more to come and achieve. God bless!!
I am going same track but I have decide what I have to choose after CCNP.
Have a wonderful journey ahead, your success story is amazing and will others too…
Proud of you Joy! Always knew you were special!
Your success will be an inspiration for many, myself included. Congratulations and well-deserved!
Chak de patte.joy
Good luck for future…..keep rocking!
You are Person with positive thoughts. You always inspire me and I have learn alot.
I wish you all the best Big Bro.
Great.. Best of luck
Really inspiring. Keep growing Joy.
Wish you all the good luck for future.
Great Achievement. Good Luck!!
Good luck for your future endeavours…!!
Your story inspires me a whole lot because I’m set out on this same path of being a cybersecurity expert. Please, I’d like to talk more with you. Here’s my email address – firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks. Hoping to hear from you soonest.
Truly inspiring.Congratulations and very well deserved!
Your story is an inspiration Joy, we are so glad to have you as part of the team.
This is an inspirational and incredibly honest story Joy. Thanks for sharing.
Such a authentic honest and inspiring blog Joy! We are so pleased and proud to have you as one of our ANZ Customer Success Specialist team.
The most Simple, Humble, Generous, Wise, Honest and Inspiring person I have met in my life. So so Proud of you Joy. You are truly a blessing. Long long way to go.
Well done Joy and all the best for the future.
Inspirations, Keep up the good work!!
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