Dimforest taking his time in the military very seriously
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m dimforest and I currently manage 9 sites for a company that makes labels for probably 90% of the products you buy. I also do Army things and generally just make a fool of myself pretty much everywhere on this planet. Other planets though - I’m pretty mature and cool.
How did you get your start in IT?
I always just assumed if you went to college for this, it’d be MUCH easier than what I did - start at the bottom and work your way up. I had zero professional background in technology but was able (through a lot of interviews and job hunting) to find a company which took a flier on me. The pay was extremely low and the job could’ve just been renamed to “IT Receptionist” but I knew that’d change. I learned as much as I could and did the best job I could and eventually was considered for a new role. From there I just continued to learn as much as possible and do a good job - putting in a LOT of extra hours and poking my head into projects I probably had no business being a part of. Eventually I got where I wanted to be and even then I still continued, as I do today, to move up. I don’t have a single second of college - just on the job experience. In my area that seems to catch a company’s eye much much more than somebody with a handful of certs and degrees.
Fast forward years and years later and I’ve got a great gig! I’ve done everything from IT Management, Desktop Support/Help Desk, Network Administration, whatever the hell “Senior Technical Analyst” is, and a toooooon of Systems Administration. It was a long journey getting here but it has paid off. The pay is great, the job is great, and I don’t go home wishing I didn’t have to wake up and do it all over again.
How did you hear about Automox?
Big… hair Nic.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I try to go to the gym every now and then so I can brag to co-workers that “omg my is sore from working out” and they’ll think “omg wow dimforest really takes care of himself” but in reality I mostly just work, play with my 2 kids, get yelled at by my 1 wife, and talk a lot more about games than I actually play them. If I’m not doing civilian work, I’m slaving away to Uncle Sam and taking care of training and crap for 78 people who were just as dumb as me and decided “lol army sounds fun.”
Favorite quote, saying or motto?
“99 is not 100”
“There are no facts, only interpretations”
“If boogers are just solidified snot… is poop just a solidified fart?”
BUT… if I’m being 100% honest, the only two quotes I consistently live by day to day and moment to moment are:
“Do the right thing” and “Anything worth doing is worth doing right” - both rehashed a billion times by my dad to young me to the point where no matter what I did wrong, he’d always start the interrogation off with asking me if I had applied those two quotes to the situation or if they were upheld.
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