Scott Morris

Scott Morris

Principal Wizard/Instructor


CBT Nuggets

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Got my first computer and taught myself all about it!
Worked on the insides of my PC and upgrading it. Then learned to build my own. Ran my own company.
Learned about basic networks and mostly the cabling. Worked as a cable tech for a while.
Took a job with an enterprise company, running their IT group. Learned more about networking.
Got network certifications. Worked on many networks. Saw there was so much out there to do!
Got recruited to be a trainer. Started doing that and loved the interaction it brought!
Made things up as I went along to get where I am today! Goals are sometimes fleeting. Grab on!
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Journalism/Photojournalism
Marquette University
Career

Career

Principal Wizard/Instructor

I do both network engineering/consulting as well as training to help others learn that!

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Technology
Engineering
Engineering
Teaching / Mentoring
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

Depends on the day! My primary job is to create training videos so that others may learn how to be a network engineer. So it would be a lot of time in my basement, writing notes to scope how the training will go (everything needs a story!), testing things out on equipment to make sure the demonstrations go as planned and then actually recording and editing the video to make it perfect! My secondary job is actual consulting, & I could be anyplace around the world doing a wide variety of things!

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Social skills and public speaking skills will help. Confidence is hard to "learn", so that comes over time. I was a journalism major. So technology is all self-taught for me. But I use the journalistic skills to write courses and deliver them so others may learn as well! Teaching something will demonstrate whether you truly know it or not! :)

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Network engineering does involve a lot of math. Whether working in binary, decimal or hexadecimal numbering systems, it is important to understand and be able to convert between them. So in middle school, I would make sure to not avoid math classes! Even moving up through the advanced courses, there is a certain logic set that is taught irrespective of the exact formulas! For the consulting end, any thespian activities would be greatly beneficial for speaking and confidence!

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

certification
Associate's Degree
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"I don't think I really received any negative noise along the way. Other than I was always taught to be a productive member of society and always have my eye on ways to improve myself! I think that was very helpful along the way. Never settle."

I would say the most important part is to be yourself. There are lots of studies out now about people's happiness in life. If you aren't doing what you enjoy, and aren't happy, then it's a bigger toll on your health. If you can survive, but be happy, that's much better than thriving and being unhappy! Make an impact. Make a statement! Have a plan. See where you want to be and look at a path on how to get there. Everything starts with a single step!

Challenges I Overcame

Outsider in school
Outsider in school

While we weren't well-off, we always had enough to get by, so I didn't feel many pressures listed. I was an outsider in school though, marching to my own beat. There's nothing wrong with that! Be yourself! And concentrate on making YOU better! :)