Embracing Change: A Tech Odyssey from Novice to Windows/VMware Admin and AI Beyond

Mar 01, 2024

Embracing Change: A Tech Odyssey from Novice to Windows/VMware Admin and AI Beyond

In the relentless whirlwind of technology, personal journeys often mirror the broader shifts in the IT landscape. My expedition began with a dream devoid of experience or an elite education, yet fueled by determination to become a software engineer. Fast forward four years, and my story unfolds at HCLTECH, where I evolved from a novice into a Windows/VMware Admin.

After finishing 12th grade, I had a big dream of becoming a software engineer, like stepping into a new and unknown journey. Lacking experience and without the pedigree of an expensive education, the trip was daunting. But my passion and determination to succeed in the tech world kept me going.

My early days of training

Joining HCLTech was an essential part of my journey. In the beginning, I faced many challenges and had to learn a lot, especially about Windows and VMware administration. The work environment was lively, and my colleagues were supportive, which played a significant role in helping me grow in my job.

I remember the early days here vividly – the mix of excitement and anxiety. The challenges were like puzzles waiting to be solved, and with each solved puzzle, my confidence grew. I can recall my first time introducing myself in a class of 40 students; I was terrified, and my voice was frozen. Now, look at me today, writing about my experiences.
The trainers and mentors have played an indispensable role in shaping my growth. Their expertise and encouragement have been like a compass, guiding me through challenges and helping me build the skills needed for success. Each interaction with them has contributed significantly, and I am grateful for the continuous mentorship that has been a cornerstone of my progress.

Riding the wave of Change – The Tech Landscape:

In the ever-evolving tech landscape, adaptability is not just a skill; it’s a survival instinct. During my four years at HCLTech, I saw technology change quickly. The tech field was constantly moving from the start of cloud computing to using more automation. To keep up, I had to commit to keep learning continuously. Fueled by an insatiable curiosity, my journey extended beyond conventional IT roles.

My transition from a student to a seasoned professional was full of challenges. Adapting to new technologies, overcoming hurdles, and mastering complex systems tested my resilience. However, the rewards were immeasurable – the satisfaction of conquering challenges and the joy of seeing results in my work.

As someone has rightly said, “Challenges are the steppingstones to success. Each hurdle I overcame was a lesson learned and a skill honed. The journey is challenging, but the destination is worth it”.

Diversification – Venturing into AI:

Given the increasing shift towards AI, I have decided to upskill myself. I am constantly exploring deeper insights into machine learning and deep learning, two pivotal pillars of the artificial intelligence domain. This diversification has broadened my skill set and opened doors to exciting possibilities in the ever-expanding field of AI. Looking back at my journey, I think about how technology has changed. The future will bring even more cool stuff, like AI becoming a regular part of everything we do and improvements in cloud computing.
Challenges and Rewards – Navigating the Tech World:

Joining the tech field just after passing the 12th standard was a tough decision, but now, that risk was worth it. I came to know an entirely new personality in myself whom I never met and never even thought I’d be. It wasn’t just a career choice but an exploration of self-discovery. I discovered parts of myself that I didn’t know were there, making me more robust and more determined.

As the dynamic tech landscape continues its perpetual reshaping, my story is not just an individual narrative but a testament to the collective experience of every tech enthusiast. What began as a mere dream evolved into the tangible reality of being a Windows/VMware Admin, with the ever-expanding horizons of AI captivating my interest.

It serves as a poignant reminder that the only true constant in this realm of constant flux is change itself. The ability to accept but wholeheartedly embrace this change becomes the linchpin for surviving and thriving in the world of technology.

Author: Zainab Saeed, Senior Analyst, HCLTech
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