Micheline Murphy is coming to Networking Field Day 21! Micheline is a retired criminal defense lawyer who switched paths to IT. In 2017, she got her CCNP in Route/Switch, in 2018 she passed the CCIE Data Center written exam and the CCDP, and now in 2019, she is chasing “The Digits.” She is a regular content contributor on the Cisco Learning Network, posting on the VIP Perspectives page and answering questions in the data center space.
How did you get into Technology and IT?
I’m a retired lawyer… how I got into IT is a great story! Ask me about it sometime!
What do you do now?
Right now, I’m studying for the CCIE Data Center full-time. In my spare time, I write and I’m currently training for ski patrol in the winter. In the next 3-5 years, I see myself in a position that is customer-facing, which would make great use of my blend of soft skills and technical expertise. I can also see myself working in a more technical role helping customers hands-on troubleshoot their own problems.
If you weren’t working in IT, what would you be doing instead?
If money were no option? Who knows? Archeology, marine biology, medicine, fiber artist, writer? I already did law…
What are your biggest challenges?
Creating my human network in the industry… and clowns. Definitely clowns.
What are you most excited about seeing at the event?
I can’t wait to meet all the cool people!
What was your first computer?
The very first computer I bought by myself was a PC that ran Windows 3, I think. It had a big, fat CRT monitor that sat like some ugly, warty toad on my kitchen table. I still remember that the check I wrote for it was four-digits and the largest I had ever written before.
Today, I’m an Apple girl, and my go-to is the MacBook Pro. So tiny… so fast.
What do you do in your spare time (hobbies)?
In the summer, I boat. In the winter, I ski. I like to cook, knit, and occasionally hit the heavy bag.
How do you manage your work/life balance?
Since I study full-time right now, I study as if it were a paying gig. I start in the morning, study until lunchtime, take a break, and then study until quitting time. After hours is for me.
If you could have ONE super power, what would it be?
Flying… definitely flying. As a short Asian woman fated to get shorter as I age, that top shelf keeps getting farther away!
What is your favorite movie?
Come on! You can’t ask that question!
Favorite Star Wars: Rogue One
Favorite Star Trek: Star Trek: Into Darkness
Favorite DC: Wonder Woman
Favorite Marvel: omg… the whole universe, except maybe the first Captain America
Favorite Anime: Howl’s Moving Castle
Favorite Animation: Brave
Favorite Disney: Mulan
What is your favorite kind of ice cream?
Being lactose-intolerant, [email protected]#$ ice cream! I’m all in for a good cupcake… any flavor but mint. Higher frosting to cake ratio than just a slice of cake, don’t you know.
Thanks, Micheline! We’re looking forward to having you at Networking Field Day 21!