Student Finds Ways to Give Back to Society

Alina Studenova uses her love of technology and people to teach others and help nonprofits grow.

Alina Studenova studied mathematics, physics, and information technology in college, but her desire for global job opportunities led her to enroll in the Cisco Academy at Demidov Yaroslavl State University in Russia.

Hands-On Experience Builds Confidence

Studenova applied what she learned at the academy to compete in Cisco regional competitions, where she successfully configured networking equipment. She gained more hands-on experience at the Cisco Expo trade show in Moscow, where she assisted technical staff, assembled equipment racks, configured access points and switches, and demonstrated Cisco TelePresence video conferencing technology to visitors.

"Working with real routers and switches at first seemed much harder than doing virtual labs," she says, referring to the Cisco Packet Tracer network simulation software. "Now I know there is nothing to be afraid of."

Using Skills to Benefit Society

Inspired by one of her female instructors, Studenova pursued a career in teaching. After earning her Cisco CCNA Security certification, she began teaching the CCNA Discovery course at the same academy where she once studied.

Studenova is also multiplying the impact of her knowledge and experience through a Cisco Networking Academy public service program. She trains students to volunteer as technology specialists in public institutions and nonprofit organizations that often can't afford network administrators. "We are helping schools, libraries, and other social institutions step into the era of new technologies," she explains. "It's nice when people come to you with the desire to be helpful to society. I am glad I can pass my knowledge to others and share what I was taught."

When asked about the benefits of a career in networking technology, Studenova says, "There are a lot of opportunities for studying, travelling, and communicating. You don't have to look for opportunities; they are already knocking on your door."

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