Student Spotlight: Alexander Basiliere
Career Program: Network Systems Administration
Originally From: Oshkosh
Current Residence: Oshkosh
Attended FVTC: 2019-2021
Why did you choose the Network Systems Administration program?
I think information technology is incredibly practical and useful in our post modern age. The practical skills involved in the study of information technology gave me the ability to help my friends and family with their technology issues. I also knew very little about technology at the time and wanted to tackle a field that I found interesting but did not even know where to start learning within it. I thought learning IT would be a worthwhile challenge that I was willing to try.
What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding?
I'm learning that you never stop learning in IT. The field is very dynamic and constantly bringing forth new challenges. In addition, IT involves a lot of problem-solving, which is rewarding because it gives you the satisfaction of helping another person, while at the same time, giving yourself more confidence about the knowledge you have attained. I enjoy helping and teaching others about technology so they can use it to make their lives easier.
Why did you choose Fox Valley Technical College?
I chose Fox Valley Technical College for several reasons. First of all, applicable skills: the skills taught here give students the ability to find jobs in the workforce, which in IT is about being highly skilled and experience-oriented. Secondly, cost: Fox Valley Technical College is affordable for a student who needs to make his way in life. Finally, time: FVTC offered me the chance to finish my degree in three to four semesters and to challenge myself in a short period of time to achieve a rewarding career.
How has Fox Valley Technical College helped you change your life?
The knowledge I'm gaining here has provided me with a sense of confidence and security in life. It's also made me more mature; I felt that I became a man while attending FVTC and learned about being challenged and working hard.
What type of job do you expect to find after graduation?
I would really enjoy having a job as a Junior Systems Administrator or a Linux Administrator. I would also love to learn under someone who has experience about the field and can teach me more about being a System Administrator.
In one sentence what's your best advice for someone who's not sure they're ready for college?
Go to the Tech for an applicable career that will give you greater confidence and security in the workforce.
Alexander's Pro Tips
Best on-campus place to study: Library, second floor
One class you surprisingly enjoyed: Linux
One class that challenged you: Linux
One thing every FVTC student must experience before graduating: Mock interviews
Pro-tip for newcomers trying to find their way around campus: Ask the friendly librarians!