With the start of the new year comes a fresh start for me as a Consulting Systems Engineer in the Data Center Infrastructure practice at RoundTower Technologies . My areas of focus including Data Storage and Data Protection. I'll provide pre-sales consulting and assessments not just in Louisiana but potentially throughout RoundTower territory.
It's a big step up for me and I'm excited about the opportunity. RoundTower is keenly focused on two things:
- Technical excellence: We want to bring the highest level of technical knowledge and capability to our customers.
- Customer satisfaction: We're not satisfied unless customers would enthusiastically recommend us to others.
I've known much of the RoundTower team here in LA for several years. I've had a lot of respect for their capabilities and they have a positive reputation with customers and vendor partners. Now I have to make certain I continue to perform at a high level as well.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the circumstances surrounding the job change. I was abruptly laid off the first week of the new year along with my other colleagues. This does happen in our industry but it's still a shock when it happens to you. I moved very rapidly reaching out to people in my network and began interviewing like mad.
One important lesson I learned, or rather confirmed, is the value of your network. It's not enough to be knowledgeable and skilled at what you do. You have to build a reputation among your peers and colleagues and support them as well. It's very gratifying to know that when the time came to test that network that it came through for me. I am very blessed to have had more than one very good position to choose from and to be re-employed so quickly. I owe more than a few good beers. Those people know who they are and I'm thankful to them for helping me make lemonade from the sudden layoff lemons.