When did you start at S-NET?
I started at S-NET as an intern in the summer of 2016 while I was still attending university. I interned on and off for about a year before starting full time in the June of 2017.
Where did you go to college?
I have a Bachelor of Science in Communication Network and Security degree from Loyola University Chicago, but I am still trying to further my education. Currently, I am in the process of studying for additional Cisco certifications.
Why did you choose this career?
I was definitely inspired by my family, specifically my father and uncle. Although they work in different IT fields, I naturally picked up an interest for all things tech because of their presence and influence. So I always knew I was going to have an IT related career, it was just a matter of narrowing down my interests and strengths.
Where did you work before starting at S-NET?
I had an internship at a company called Corptax before starting my internship and job at S-NET.
What are your primary responsibilities at S-NET?
My primary responsibility at S-NET is to take technical projects from start to finish, including network planning, site surveys, equipment provisioning, installation, and training. Throughout the deployment of S-NET services, I am also the bridge between the technical team and project managers and customers.
How often do you interact with clients directly?
This changes depending on scheduling, but on average, I would say almost every day, whether it be emails, collaborative calls or onsite visits.
What is the most rewarding aspect of working with clients?
I really enjoy seeing them pleasantly surprised at how gracefully we implement our system into their existing network environments. This gives me a real sense of accomplishment because I am able to see all of the planning and work behind the scenes pay off.
What do you enjoy most about your work in general?
I really enjoy the variety in my work. I am constantly exposed to networks of varying size and complexity, which gives me valuable experience for the future. It never gets repetitive, with my role no two projects are the same.
Do you have a favorite project?
One of my favorite projects thus far at S-NET was an installation for a multi-location dental practice. I was tasked with installing around 15 SD-WAN appliances all over Texas and New Mexico in the summer of 2017. I ended up spending a week and a half down there, traveling from site to site, which I really enjoyed. I had not been to that part of the country before, so it was fun exploring the “wild west”.
Are there any accomplishments you are particularly proud of?
I am most proud of deploying S-NET’s VoIP service for a national manufacturers’ association. Before this work, I was completing small, one-off installations and this was assigned to be my first “big” project. They have over 100 extensions spread across 9 locations all over the country, so it was a little daunting for me at first. Despite this, we were able to get all of their locations successfully installed in around a month and a half. It required a lot of work and collaboration from everybody involved, but I was proud of us as a team after everything was done.
How has S-NET helped you grow as an engineer?
The main way S-NET has helped me grow was by throwing me in at the deep end from the beginning. For example, I began working on the dental practice project I mentioned earlier only a month after I had started full time. I think having the ability to be challenged and responding to that challenge positively is key in the workplace, so I thank S-NET for that.
Are there any exciting projects you are looking forward to?
I’m excited for a few projects, but the main one I want to learn more about is our Ruckus Wireless integration. I have never gotten into the nitty gritty of wireless before, so I am very excited to expand my horizons and learn about it.
What do you enjoy the most about working with this team?
I enjoy how approachable everybody in the office is. There is never a moment where I feel bad asking a question or even just spending a few minutes chatting about non-work related topics. I think it creates a real team atmosphere around the office, making installations much more enjoyable.
How do you unwind after a long, hard day at the office?
I believe it’s important to unplug from work a little in the evenings so I can be fresh the next day. I like to start off by checking all current events and social media for the day. I enjoy reading and mentally engaging with a variety of topics, as well as playing video games from all genres online with my friends, who now live all over the country.
How do you like to spend your free time?
Soccer is my main passion and pastime. I play whenever I can and I am always watching games on TV or online. If there aren’t any live games on, I’ll be watching discussions about games from the previous week.
I recently went to see my lifelong favorite soccer club, Chelsea FC, play in person for the first time. One of my closest friends and I took a trip out to England to watch some games in person, and I can say, the trip did not disappoint. Now, whenever I watch a game on TV, I relive my experience in the stands. If there are any Chelsea FC fans out there, Keep The Blue Flag Flying High!
What exciting plans are you looking forward to?
I am trying to plan another trip to Europe to visit Germany and Holland. Being born in Ukraine, but growing up here in the States, I have a real desire to explore and see Europe like my parents and grandparents were able to.