Vasileios V.

Infrastructure Engineer
Happy to mentor
Happy to be contacted

About me

Vasileios V.
Electronics
Internet and Mobile Communications Systems
Undergraduate
Wentworth
2010
United Kingdom

My employment

Infrastructure Engineer
Codeweavers
United Kingdom
2011

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A day in the life of a Infrastructure Engineer in the United Kingdom

The recruitment process

I applied for the role online and I received an email soon after. Next came the telephone call which was more like a general interview (my studies, background etc.) with only a few technical questions. Then a face-to-face interview followed where we discussed more about the role and the technical issues that I would have to cope with. After that I was offered a job.

Courses taken since graduation

Cisco CCNA

My advice to students considering work

From the little experience I have, I would suggest:

During your studies you should focus on the real skills which are far beyond a good mark. A good mark is just the result of this. Memorising the details is not important at all and it is not something that you will be expected to do anyway. Ask when you do not understand something even when you feel the question might sound silly.

When you look for a job, bear in mind that big companies may look good but that does not mean that it is always the best option. Look for something that will get you more exposure and you will gain more skills. Also, another thing to keep in mind is that your technical skills are not going to help you during your interview with the HR or someone with no technical background. Even if you have deep technical knowledge, they simply do not have the skills to appreciate it. They focus on other things, so be prepared to handle this.

When you find a job, continue asking questions like you did during your studies. Ask for feedback and find out what you could have done better. No matter how good your work was, there is always room for improvement and good feedback is what will make you better.

What I do

I am part of a small team responsible for the infrastructure of our company. Linux, networks, scripting, SQL servers, data management and Apache Cassandra are all things I deal with on a daily basis. I had the opportunity to work on many different projects including deployment and maintenance of networking monitoring tools, installation and management of distributed data storage technologies etc. I also help on the design of data management techniques as they come into our system.

Skills I use and how I developed them

There is no doubt that the qualification obtained from York helped. However, that is not always enough. After graduation I did not stop studying and I think this is something that I gained from the course.

Degree skills:
The "obvious" is the technical skills developed during the MSc. You must have an idea before you face the real world technical issues. The "not so obvious" is the ability to know where to find the answers you are looking for. It is really important to be able to act when you have to deal with issues which are complex and you never had to deal before, as this is something that happens very frequently in the field.

What I like most

What helps a lot is the working environment. It is very friendly and because of that I can work efficiently and have better results. Getting exposure to different system layers is also really important. It takes time to put everything together, but it helps me understand better how systems work.

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