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Runt Packet No 5 — A Technical Services Manager Speaks

Following the career discussions in some of our earlier podcasts, and his recent Blog Post “So you Want to be a Network Consultant” Kevin Bovis got in touch with me to talk about what sort of skills an engineer needs. We decided to record the discussion and so you have even more Networking in your ears.

The Show

Kevin is the Technical Services Manager for a Cisco Gold partner Cisilion and manages a reasonable sized team of Network Engineers. Kevin is also a Cisco CCIE #1578 and is still currently certified.

  • We talk about the art of troubleshooting
  • salary expectations and the effective cap on how much you can be paid
  • the need for people skills and the the importance of fitting into a team
  • Naturally, some reminiscing about the old days is liberally sprinkled throughout the show
  • life skills and lessons that engineers should think about
  • Because Kevin manages a team of engineers and regularly interviews and hires engineer, those looking at their career progression should enjoy listening to the show.


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    About the author

    Greg Ferro

    Greg Ferro is the co-host of Packet Pushers. After surviving 25 years in Enterprise IT with only minor damage, he uses his networking expertise for good in the service of others by deep diving on technology and industry. His unique role as an inspirational cynicist brings a sense of fun, practicality and sheer talent to world of data networking and its place in a world of clouds.

    He blogs regularly at http://etherealmind.com and the podcasts are at http://packetpushers.net.

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