Tech Skills Spark Zoë’s New Career Path


Zoe RoseWhat happens when you study to be a botanist, then discover you are allergic to plants? For Zoë Rose, it meant turning her creativity and curiosity elsewhere.

“Two years into my studies, I was writing my finals and realized I was deathly allergic to the plants I loved,” Zoë says.

Later, while working at an accounting firm, Zoë realized she got more satisfaction from working on her office’s network, troubleshooting and installing software. 

Jobs requiring tech skills are among the fastest growing in the economy

Not a techie by nature, she watched YouTube videos and joined online communities of programmers to learn more. She found a new passion to replace her beloved plants: Internet technology and networking. It didn’t hurt that that jobs requiring IT skills are among the fastest growing in the economy.

Zoë enrolled in a Cisco Networking Academy course to build her knowledge and prepare for industry certifications and a career. 

A top student, she earned a two-week trip to San Diego, California. There she was part of a team that set up and maintained a massive wireless network at Cisco Live, an annual customer event with 25,000 attendees.

“It taught me organization, teamwork, and the value of good coworkers. It was just so much fun,” she says.

Zoë's next step? Earning her Cisco CCNA certification, which will demonstrate her qualifications to employers. People with this certification earn an average of $81,000 per year. 

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to change the world and spark lucrative careers for people like Zoë who are creative and like solving problems. 

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