Don’t Be Afraid To Start At The Bottom and Stay Curious with Raffi Jamgotchian

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Raffi Jamgotchian

Raffi Jamgotchian is the founder of Triada Networks. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and a member of both Infragard and the US Secret Service’s Joint Electronic Crimes Task Force. Raffi talks to Phil about why starting at the bottom is a good thing for anyone new to the world of IT as it provides experience and knowledge. Raffi also discusses the value of staying curious and why without curiosity, we may sometimes stagnate.

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Raffi Jamgotchian

Resources

Triadanet.com – Check out Raffi’s company website!

On Thin Ice – Check out Raffi’s Amazon Best Selling book on Cyber Security

2 Top Career Tips

1) Don’t ever be afraid to do the “unsexy” jobs. Starting in support or the equivalent is always a good place to start as it provides you with a broad range of experience and understanding.
2) Stay curious and don’t be afraid to try new things. It separates stagnation from progression.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

Raffi gave notice at a job as he had received a verbal offer of a new one. However, he failed to get this offer in writing, and subsequently the new job fell through. Luckily it all worked out.

Career Highlight

After 9/11, Raffi oversaw a stringent series of systems and processes designed to withstand future outages. This was put to the test during a blackout, and again later during Hurricane Sandy. Each time, these new systems stood up to the test.

The Future

The tech world today is changing in so many revolutionary ways, and so rapidly. If you are curious, then being in IT is a wonderful world to work in as the possibilities for innovation and creation are endless.

The Reveal

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?

Money was the initial hook, but also the freedom that IT allows in shaping one’s destiny and future.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Stay curious!

What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t go into business for yourself. Starting his own business has been one of the most rewarding things in Raffi’s life.

If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?

Raffi wishes he had spent more time on experimentation rather than going to the book to learn.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Growing the company they have built, and focusing on training and mentoring new members of the team.

What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?

Honesty. People are drawn to this quality, so always tell the truth.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Always make sure you’re learning through whatever means possible.

What do you do in your spare time away from technology?

– Raffi is a political junkie, as well as a cyclist.

Contact The Guest

Contact Raffi Jamgotchian through the following social media platforms:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/triadanet

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/raffijamgotchian/

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