Learning to be a professional in a working environment, updating my resume, taking part in mock interviews - these all helped me to come out of training more comfortable in an interview than I ever was before. Once I got into my first network administration position, it was everything I was looking for in an IT job, and it was all things I learned, hands-on, at Per Scholas.
IT Implementation Analyst
End User Desktop Support
Before applying to Per Scholas, Aaron Webb was an HR Specialist in the military. He tried to go to college through his G.I. Bill, but found that route was not beneficial to him or his learning style. Once the pandemic hit, Aaron had to do active duty to assist the community, which is when he decided to pursue a career in tech. After talking with colleagues in an office next door, they mentioned they were in IT as well and gave him advice to search for free certifications.
Aaron applied to Per Scholas and was excited to start his training. He found the experience at Per Scholas more conducive to his learning style and knew he would be able to succeed. Aaron mentioned that his experience in the military prepared him to do well with working with his peers in the cohort. The bootcamp-style training was like his military boot camp, in which he learned a lot in a short period of time, and he found that he had a lot of support from his colleagues.
When it came to his training, Aaron mentioned that the career development portion was his favorite part. “Learning to be a professional in a working environment, updating my resume, taking part in mock interviews, these all helped me to come out of training more comfortable in an interview than I ever was before,” he reflected. When it came to his technical training, it fully prepared him for his current job. “Once I got into my first network administration position, it was everything I was looking for in an IT job, and it was all things I learned, hands-on, at Per Scholas.”
Aaron currently has the CompTIA A+ certification and is pursuing his CCNA certification. He is excited for his career trajectory now with tech and aims to become a full network engineer and explore cloud computing, which he is learning more about through his IT Implementation Senior Analyst position.
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